"I like to awaken the joy of thinking about possibilities, about what might be," says German artist Cornelia Konrads. How far will we go if we take the enigmatic path created in the park of the Chaumont-Sur-Loire estate?
How do artists reinvent gardens?
Journalistic transcript, investigation of the fine arts magazine
Nature without man, new human utopia
Ecological disasters and the awareness of a long time when man did not exist, and where perhaps it will no longer exist, inspire artists with apocalyptic accents in which nature takes back its rights. Rid of all human presence, the garden of the future is wild. Organic communities live there in autarky, able to regenerate themselves without outside help, opposing to the hysteria of the modern world a new space-time.
Pierre Huyghe or the wild life
To flee the museum to take refuge in the garden ... Almost a childhood dream. The one that Pierre Huyghe cultivates in a radical and subtle, if not existential version. From biennials to exhibitions, the French visual artist refines his desire to create from scratch a wild garden: "A place that would be. Point." So he defined it just after his first staging in the wilderness, a vertiginous ecosystem hidden in the depths of Karlsaue Park, Kassel, during the Documenta 2012. With his statue of languid woman with a carved face of a swarm of bees, its glaucous marigots and white dog with pink paw, this project had been around the world. Untilled ("uncultivated, fallow"), was called this ungainly landscape. Huyghe prolonged the experience at the Center Pompidou, in 2014. Here, no garden in the strict sense, but a hanging that borrowed from the genre its organic principle, its ability to grow without the man, despite the man. Neither grove nor fountain in this amazing exhibition, but a thousand traces of this life that the institution usually strives to eradicate, colonies of ants, spiders without net, microclimates of water, mist or ice. "These things are not caught in a net that would domesticate them," he claimed then. They make the visitor a wild witness. In the fall, he will continue his exploration as commissioner of the Okayama Triennial in Japan. With artists like Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni or Tinto Sehgal, he will create a "superorganism", a kind of giant and conceptual amoeba. Without letting go of this fantasy of finding a natural site that could "free the authority of art for all" ... He is always looking for the perfect place. But perhaps it is in his own brain that this original and original garden proliferates? E. L.
Pierre Huyghe Untilled, 2011-2012."I'm interested in the vital aspect of the image. It's about exposing someone to something, rather than something to someone. "
Philippe Parreno, "This garden is a pollution"
It's a movie that looks like a buried animal. Is it on Earth, in its lava heart, or on an unknown star? Philippe Parreno composed a captivating and cavernous walk in a garden beyond the grave. The camera wanders through the meanders of this landscape that borrowed night chromium, thanks to the genius of the Flemish landscape designer Bas Smets. Dark crystals, anthrax plants...
The eyes are flat, as if carried away in a breath. Somewhere in Portugal is a site that is forbidden, except for the artist's cameras. The film and the garden are titled CHZ, for Continuously Habitable Zone, an expression describing the planets where life could appear in the galaxy - Parreno was inspired by Hubertus Strughold's research on the possibility of life on Mars. There is tragedy in this walk, something of the underworld that Orpheus would have approached. "This garden is a pollution, an anamorphosis of which one would not have the vanishing point. It is a little reference to the text of Georges Bataille on heterology, what thought rejects and does not want to see, says the creator of this plant monster. In twenty years, I'd like to make a film - or someone else do it if I'm not there, to see how that lived, how it survived, and what it was product. It interests me to create this umbilical cord. Because as always, this artist is "question what arises in the image." And what survives man, under the black sun of melancholy. E.L.
Continuously Habitable Zone, CHZ (2011)
Between fiction and reality, welcome to the dark planet that Philippe Parreno imagined in a secret and inaccessible place, in Portugal