The buildings don’t fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise as ruins before they are built.
Conceived as a imaginary encounter between Robert Smithson's essay A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey from 1967 and collected footage from building contractors archives, "Then & Now" draws attention to the ruins of 20th century as seen through the prism of modernity.
Suggesting a non-rational idea of time in which the tenuous line between past and future past is blurred. The music played along the film was composed by Soulwax for the occasion.
Music composed by Soulwax
Parabola explores the undercurrent relationship between modern standardized productions and Avant-Garde Art forms of the 20th century through their common postmodern lexicon.
The installation emphasizes the interchangeable nature of the vocabulary used by the "Industrial Civilization" of the 20th century and modernist artists such as John Cage, Hans Hofmann, Jean Dubuffet, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Andrei Tarkovsky or Claude Debussy.
Here, the titles of the artists' iconic work become mundane logotypes, diplayed on standardized contemporary artifacts.
Production : Great Co.
Soulwax transient program for drums and machinery is an installation imagined by Soulwax and Ill-Studio, built for performance and operated by seven musicians. The mono and polyphony frequency instruments used for this performance are all positioned on a giant rug, representing the electronic schematic of the installation.
Between 2016 and 2018, this installation travelled around Europe, America and Asia, from Coachella in Palm Springs
to Royal Festival Hall in London.
Photography : Younes Klouche