Art Installation in France Takes on Multiple Forms
For the last seven years, The Festival of Lively Architecture in Montpellier, France has sought to raise the public profile of architecture through a walking tour of temporary art installations in private estates and courtyards throughout Montpellier. The festival’s goal is to highlight the younger generation of up and coming talent in the field of architecture. This year’s festival (which ran from June 13 – 17) featured 11 teams from over 100 applications.
The art installation below, entitled Reframe, was created by Adam Scales, Pierre Berthelomeau and Paul Van Den Berg, a team from Rotterdam.
Reframe by Adam Scales, Pierre Berthelomeau & Paul Van Den Berg
Adam, Paul and Pierre met while working together at ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] in Rotterdam. Adam and Paul established their own architecture office in Rotterdam under the name Paul Scales; where they focus on researching, testing by doing, initiating and challenging the social and physical construction of the city. Pierre formed a collective in France with the name Atelier Kit. This atelier researches and designs with a ‘hands on’ approach, working primarily with self-builders and renovators.
Reframe explores the theme of surprise through the creation of an object that continuously reframes the relation of the visitor to the space, the historic architecture and the other visitors. What first appears to be a simple modern cube is gradually discovered to be a more complex structure, through which architectural details, elements and facades are continuously revealed, framed and reflected.
Visitors experience a shift from the position of observer to observed, from control to controlled and willingly or not, become engaged in a game of surprise and be surprised.
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