2017: where is debate hiding?
With the French presidential election as backdrop, BAOBAB Dealer d’Espaces will occupy the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris et arc en rêve centre d'architecture in Bordeaux, with an exhibit that examines the format and role of debate in today’s era of Internet and citizens’ revolts.
Using typical spatial configurations, the exhibit illustrates today’s new ways
of exchanging ideas: body
language, speaking time and signals, the symbolism of places. Everyone moves
closer together, latches on and argues as part of a conflict that has become
necessary, since it is “the resolution of tensions between opposites,” between
people and cities.
In response to the
question, “Should we get rid of everything?”, twenty original artistic
contributions weigh their words, invest in new spaces for exchanging ideas, peddle
ordinary texts, expose networks of underground dialogue…
Through the exhibit, a
hypothesis emerges: by drawing inspiration from the diversity of existing places
of debate, it is possible to revive our democratic institutions, even if it
means turning them upside-down! The series of debates introduces the question
of why, where and how to create common spaces for contradictory exchange. A
tremendous project, and BAOBAB and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal are inviting you
Curator and contributors
BAOBAB Dealer d’Espaces offers situations for exchange between people of different horizons (professionals, residents and citizens). The association, created in 2011, works on developing public interest in space, cities and architecture. Its actions include events, debates and publications to be taken as elements that can be used to construct spaces for life.
BAOBAB believes that CITIZEN’ DEBATE should be an integral part of urban territorial management. Provocative, like a thorn in the side, BAOBAB plays with situations and social codes to describe and question all types of living spaces, and to avoid turning in circles, confined to one’s own domain.
Artists, teams, graphic designers, architects who participate to the exhibition :
Ivan Argote, Jonas Staal, Ruedi Baur, Collectif Marguerite OKA, Cédric Pierre, Agence Faire, Malte Martin & Agrafmobile, Nina Imbs, Léa Troulard, BenjmnG, On a pensé à un truc, Katia Bokatova Vincent, Sans Plus Attendre, Diurne Nocturne, Marine Kaiser & Stéphanie Verin, Cendrine Lassalle, Julie Blanc, Agostino Bubbico, Ne Rougissez Pas !, Aline Rollin, Deux degrés, Maxime Dumoulin & Guillaume Duverger.