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The Dream of Forms

From 14/06/2017 to 10/09/2017
The exhibition “The Dream of Forms”, presented for the twentieth anniversary of Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, has been conceived as an imaginary landscape, a monstrous garden with perishable forms growing in it, as well as germinating surfaces, protuberant organisms and flat figures.
The artists and researchers who have been brought together in “The Dream of Forms” testify to their encounter with the new possibilities of representation, derived from recent scientific and technological discoveries, which shake up our way of seeing and showing. By renewing in this way the field of the perceptible –with nanotechnologies, synthetic images, 3D scans, stereolithography etc.– these new visualisations hint at as yet unknown geometries.

Images, transcriptions, modelisations, speculative forms produced by inventors and prospective scientists, derived from mathematics, physics, biology, optics or chemistry, for example, join or inspire works resulting from grafts made between art and science, or between speculation and invention, thanks to a good twenty contemporary artists.

With: Francis Alÿs, Hicham Berrada & Sylvain Courrech du Pont & Simon de Dreuille, Michel Blazy, Juliette Bonneviot, Dora Budor, Damien Cadio, Julian Charrière, Sylvie Chartrand, Clément Cogitore, Hugo Deverchère, Bertrand Dezoteux, Mimosa Echard, Alain Fleischer, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Bruno Gironcoli, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Patrick Jouin, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Annick Lesne & Julien Mozziconacci, Adrien Missika, Jean-Luc Moulène, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Katja Novitskova, Jonathan Pêpe & Thibaut Rostagnat & David Chavalarias, Olivier Perriquet & Jean-Paul Delahaye, Arnaud Petit, Jean-François Peyret & Alain Prochiantz, Gaëtan Robillard, Gwendal Sartre, SMITH & Antonin-Tri Hoang, Anicka Yi

Curators: Alain Fleischer, Claire Moulène


Prior to the exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, a research group was set up at Le Fresnoy with artists (Hicham Berrada, Julien Clauss, Daniel Dobbels, Emmanuel Guez, Arnaud Petit, Olivier Perriquet, Jonathan Pêpe, Jean-François Peyret, SMITH) and scientists from different fields (Ada Ackerman, David Chavalarias, Joseph Cohen, Jean-Paul Delahaye, Annick Lesne, Alain Prochiantz, Jean-Philippe Uzan, Raphael Zagury-Orly), so as to explore collectively the question of “the incertitude of forms”. Their exchanges nourished the exhibition and prefigure the symposium which will be organised on September 5, 6 and 7, 2017 at the Collège de France, on the invitation of its general administrator, the neurobiologist Alain Prochiantz; the debates will be broadcast live at Palais de Tokyo on September 6.

Issue #25 of the magazine PALAIS is entirely dedicated to the exhibition “The Dream of Forms”.

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This exhibition benefits from the support of:

Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni’s film benefits from the support of: