Introduction

The first edition of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans
Walking through someone else’s dream

The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is a “biennial of collections” constructed as a confluence of memory: the memories of the works in the collection and those of the guest architects and artists. The idea is to question them regarding the ways in which they wander through our dreams and fears, in order to come back and tell us our story. The works produced by the fifty three guest architects and artists sometimes strike up conversations with history or grapple with the tensions of the present. The future is the dream dimension that we must share and that we must traverse.

Patrick Bouchain is our guest of honour. With him, we have taken stock of the act of exhibiting just as we take stock of architecture. The primary work of the Biennale is that of the Frac building—Les Turbulences—which we have turned upside down and heightened, so that it can be experienced differently. Constructing an architectural exhibition is also, and above all, experimenting with the very site in which we find ourselves. Like a final gesture, before moving
on, Patrick Bouchain revisits the hall of Les Turbulences, rendering it a Haut-lieu de l’hospitalité. It is the territory that will host all the hospitality in the world and will be home to the “36 001e commune de France” founded Le PEROU (Le Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines).

The Biennale programme is deployed throughout the city of Orléans but also throughout the region. “Reality”—town planning, streets, walls, noise, and odours—thus becomes part and parcel of the overall narrative.
Tribute is paid to the Spanish experimental architecture scene, from the 1960s through to today’s young generation, on the street in Orléans, rue Jeanne-d’Arc. Twenty-two flags designed for the occasion are installed in the place where the city celebrates its popular festivals—the Loire Festival and the Joan of Arc Festival—through its tradition of decorative flagging. Through this act, the Biennale takes place not only in the public space, but also in it’s tradition, it’s customs.

At Les Tanneries, Centre d’art contemporain in Amilly, the first major monograph exhibition dedicated to Guy Rottier once again draws on absurdity, radicality, and transgression, but also a “subversive tenderness” as a mainspring for innovation in architecture and town planning. The Biennale also provides a forum for discussing the memory of the territories absent from the collection. This is the case of a dialogue that we engage in with the work of Demas Nwoko and the conference dedicated to him. It will be clear by now that the Biennale traverses territories, from the region and the city, while also traversing the dreams of architects and artists. The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is underpinned by the hope that visitors will find themselves reflected in the works when they pass through the various spaces and locations that this event invests.

Abdelkader Damani & Luca Galofaro


 

Biennale curators

Abdelkader Damani and Luca Galofaro

Associated curators

Mónica García
Gilles Rion
Aurélien Vernant

Collaborators

Marco Brizzi
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi

Honored guest

Patrick Bouchain

Homage

Guy Rottier


 

Architects and artists

2A+P/A, Italy
amid.cero9, Spain
Aristide Antonas, Greece
Architecture Principe, France
Archizoom Associati, Italy
Jordi Bernadó, Spain & Mexico
Pierre Bernard, France
Tatiana Bilbao, Mexico
Black Square, UK
Henri Bony & Léa Mosconi, France
Patrick Bouchain, France
Alexander Brodsky, Russia
Fabrizio Caròla, Italy
Cavart, Italy
Nidhal Chamekh, Tunisia
Chanéac, France
Constant, The Netherlands
Riccardo Dalisi, Italy
ecoLogicStudio, Italy
Gilles Ehrmann, France
David Georges Emmerich, France
Encore Heureux, France
Ensamble Studio, Spain
Frida Escobedo, Mexico
Factory Fifteen, UK
Didier Fiúza Faustino, France
Lukas Feireiss, Germany
Gian Piero Frassinelli, Italia
Mathias Goeritz, Germany & Mexico
Günter Günschel, Germany
Haus-Rucker-Co, Austria
Pascal Häusermann, Switzerland
Hans Hollein, Austria
Saba Innab, Palestine & Jordania
Jozef Jankovič, Slovakia
Bernard Khoury, Lebanon
Lucia Koch, Brazil
Ugo La Pietra, Italy
Cédric Libert, Belgium
LIST, France
MAIO, Spain
María Mallo, Spain
Manthey Kula, Norway
MICROCITIES/Socks, France
Minimaforms, UK
Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Spain
Demas Nwoko, Nigeria
OBRA Architects, USA
Claude Parent, France
Hèctor Parra, Spain
Ana Peñalba, Spain
Andrés Perea Ortega, Spain
PEROU, France
PIOVENEFABI, Italia
José Miguel de Prada Poole, Spain
Thomas Raynaud, France
Guy Rottier, France
Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Spain
Olivier Seguin, France
Massinissa Selmani, Algeria
Beniamino Servino, Italy
Ettore Sottsass Jr., Italy
Pierre Székely, Hungary & France
Takk, Spain
Mario Terzic, Austria
Max Turnheim, France
Luis Urculo, Spain & Mexico
José María Yturralde, Spain
Mengzhi Zheng, France
Annett Zinsmeister, Germany
1024, France

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