Since the beginning of his career, which began in the late 1980s, Wim Delvoye has sought to shift the boundaries that traditionally separate popular culture and art, decorative arts and the “fine arts”, the old and the contemporary, the noble and the unclean. “In a word, Wim Delvoye creates oxymorons,” writes Michel Onfray. His works indeed appear to be shot through with various contrary elements, suspended somewhere between seduction and dissonance.
GEOGRAPHY OF TIME
The work of Fiona Tan, with its characteristic visual richness and singular temporalities, examines complex issues such as the relationship between personal and collective history, the presence of the past in the present, the intertwinement of memory and forgetfulness, and the porous nature of identity. As epitomized by Vox Populi, a series of works each consisting of several hundreds of photographs borrowed from the family albums of inhabitants of a given city or country, these concerns revolve essentially around the question of the gaze.
“Don’t play with your food!” – the admonishment we’ve often heard in our childhood is cheerfully brushed aside in this project; what happens when we take cooking out of the kitchen and into the world of design? The kitchen becomes a playground for celebrating “foodies”.
ACOUSTIC PAVILION – EXPERIENCE BEAUTY THROUGH SOUND
Designed for the International Design Biennial in Saint-Étienne, this interactive sound installation allows the visitor to explore the relationship between space, form and sound. Acoustic Pavilion is an interactive exhibition in which visitors themselves create their own listening device by fabricating structures. Using a network of pipes, everyone has the opportunity to create long, short, straight or angular structures and hear how the sounds evolve through conical tips.