A paradox of present times, the extension of human life and the image of the end of the world coexist and oppose each other in our imaginations of possible futures. These are almost two societal choices that clash and trace a front line in our political and social horizons. After years of trying to modernize the Earth, we are now facing a social crisis that may be the most important in all our history: the image of a collapse due to the disappearance of our ecosystem. So, a question arises: how are we going to build the afterwards?
Far from new, the image of the end of the world has often inspired artists and aesthetic movements throughout history. At La Friche, the exhibition, designed as a fictional laboratory, presents artists who enlighten us on the current issues of change, on our history, our past choices which ultimately carry within them a need to reform of human reasoning. An international exhibition with Taiwan as guest of honor, it brings together a group of mostly European artists alongside Taiwanese artists, who grew up with the same utopias, notably that of progress supporting Nature. These myths are now fading and we must understand the changes necessary in our relationship with the Earth and with living things. Some reflect on or depict the ways in which we can use technosciences for environmental regulation, others show the possibilities for the evolution of humans and our bodies with the help of technology. How are we going to coexist between the living and non-living? How will we be able to live with and adapt to these changes?
A reflection on this collapse, the exhibition questions new possibilities of life in the interstice of the ruins. Now that the future is a lost paradise, what new future are we going to invent?
Within the framework of the cooperation project Future Divercities, co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.
Curator: Mathieu Vabre
Associate curator: Wu Dar-Kuen
Programming committee: Manon Desplechin, Marylou Bonnaire
Scenography: Emilie Fouilloux
Technical direction: Philippe Machemehl