exhibition : PAST

ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE
VINCENT FOURNIER

2014.8.22(FRI)–11.14(FRI)

Concept

Mysticism brought by space, science and technology…
The world of French photographer Vincent Fournier. “ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE”

DIESEL ART GALLERY presents Vincent FOURNIER’S “ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE” a journey into space, robotics, genetic manipulation and time.
Vincent Fournier is a French photographer and video artist, regularly exhibited in international galleries and museums around the world. He is represented in several International collections such as the LVMH Contemporary Art Collection or MAST Museum, and in various magazine publications like, Wallpaper, GQ, Wad, and Wired.” This exhibition presents 30 works including, photography, video, and 3D print sculpture. The work has been selected from Fournier’s new series POST NATURAL HISTORY presented for the first time in Japan, along with work from the famous series SPACE PROJECT and MAN MACHINE.”

The exhibition will coincide with a book signing event with the artist on Saturday the 23rd of August (16:00-18:00), at the DIESEL ART GALLERY. ” Some additional works can also be seen at the ISETAN SHINJUKU Department store from Wednesday the 27th of August till September the 2nd.”

ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE

The clock is ticking…the future becomes the present, and the present the past. The science fiction of yesterday becomes the norm, then swept by this still-surging future it finishes a relic. Vincent Fournier is an archaeologist of this transition and a visionary of the future.” After traveling the world for his series Tour Operator Fournier now explores the future. Looking at our conquest of space through the series Space Project, the arrival of the humanoid robots with his series The Man Machine, and finally the evolution of species with Post Natural History.” Like Jules Verne, his childhood hero, Fournier examines, researches, and documents the reality of his time. He presents what will be tomorrow, the remains of our future, and sets us traveling in the aesthetics of science.

SPACE PROJECT
Space Project is a subjective inventory of the most representative places, objects or situations regarding space exploration. I have photographed the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center of Star City in Russia; the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan; the Space Centers of the NASA in Cape Canaveral in the United States; Ariane Espace in Guiana; the observatories in the Atacama desert in Chile, in New Mexico, and in Nevada; the Mars Desert Research Station of Martian simulation in the Red Desert of Utah… As usual, it is the dream part which interests me. My images make our childhood “memories” of the future come back to life. When in 1969 we were able to see for the first time photographs of the Earth from the Moon, it was a definitive breaking point that forever modified our consciousness of ourselves and our planet.

POST NATURAL HISTORY
Post Natural History reinterprets the concept of a curiosity cabinet. Vincent Fournier presents new, futuristic species by bringing about a journey in time rather than in space. He creates beings that are reprogrammed by man to respond to the changing environment based on current research in the domain of synthetic biology and cybernetics. This collection ‘of emerging species’ is presented in the form of encyclopedic illustrations: an ibis with metal legs resistant to extreme temperatures; a dragonfly with a fragile glass abdomen incorporating a luminescent sensor measuring pollution levels; a beetle with GPS integrated into its metallic antenna…These mutant creatures are familiar yet strange. Blending history and anticipation, memory and science fiction, Vincent Fournier’s poetic and sensitive bestiary questions our relationship with time and technology, man’s place in nature, natural evolution as well as in the sciences, dreams and the imagination… This work in progress is part of the wider perspective of a future encyclopedia.

THE MAN MACHINE
For this series I staged several robots humanoids in daily situations: in work, in the house, in the street, during leisure activities… Imitations of every day where the robot acts out our everyday lives in the same way as a human being. It is about speculative fictions imagined from our present. I collaborated with various Japanese robotic research laboratories. I tried to create a balance between the spectator and the robot, between a process of identification and distance. This principle is particularly visible in the movie “The Man Machine” where the situations suggest an empathy with the robot and at the same time a certain remoteness. We find this idea in the “the Uncanny Valley ” – A scientific theory of the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori, according to which the more a robot resembles a human being, the more its imperfections seem monstrous to us.

Information

Title:ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE
Artist : VINCENT FOURNIER
Date : 2014-8-22 (Fri) ~ 11-14 (Fri)
Venue:DIESEL ART GALLERY (DIESEL SHIBUYA内)
WEB:www.diesel.co.jp/art
Address:cocoti B1F, 1-23-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Web : www.diesel.co.jp/art
Phone : 03-6427-5955
Hours : 11:30-21:00
Holidays : non-regular holiday
Curation : BERGONZO Philippe
Sponsor : iJet Inc./ SunM Color Co., Ltd / Frameman Co., Ltd / TRNK
Partner : SHARP
Supported by : KG+

CURATOR:BERGONZO Philippe (ART-SCÈNE3)
www.artscene3.com
Born in Paris, 1966 lives and works in Kyoto. Philippe Bergonzo is a curator, art director and the co-organizer of the KG+ satellite event – an integral part of the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival. Since 2008, he has been Fournier’s agent presenting his work in Asia. From 1990 to1998 Philippe Bergonzo worked in Contemporary Art galleries in Paris. In 1998, he curated a series of exhibitions in Japan as part of The Year of France in Japan. Relocating to Japan in 2000, he started organizing exhibitions and cultural exchanges between France and Japan while participating in Art Fairs in Asia. He continues to work on international exhibitions and d”evelop international opportunities for artists in Japan and France.

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Biography

  • VINCENT FOURNIER

    www.vincentfournier.co.uk

    Born in 1970, lives in Paris. He is a photographer and video artist, regularly exhibited in international galleries and museums around the world including Belgium, Russia, Japan, Britain, Germany, China, and Taiwan; along with festivals like Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France. He is represented in several International collections such as the LVMH Contemporary Art Collection or MAST Museum in Bologna, and in various magazine publications like, Wallpaper, GQ, Wad, and Wired. Images from his new series Post Natural History feature in the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Fournier's works reveal a passion for the mystery of science and technology and allow us witness to a utopia often fantasized by humankind. His work is poetic and meticulous, the result of long preparation and a curious taste for" opposites both patiently fed with films and literature. Vincent Fournier’s work is a blend of Jules Verne and Jacques Tati, Charles Darwin and David Cronenberg, an experiment with the fictional and magnificent potential of certain forms of utopia. He manages to maintain and harness the childlike qualities of exploration and intrigue, a connection to places where everything might be possible - imagined or recreated. The work ultimately questions our world, our perceptions and reality." "My photos question the world which surrounds us by creating shady, improbable, sometimes inconsistent situations, always on the border of serious history and childhood dreams" - Vincent Fournier."

    PUBLISHED
    BOOKS
    「Tour Operator」(2007)
    「Space Project」(2008)
    「Brasilia」(2012)
    「Past Forward」(2012)
    「Post Natural History」(2013)

    VIDEO 「The Man Machine」(2011)
    「Krug」(2012)
    「Archeology of the Future」(2014)

View Works

©Vincent Fournier - Hydrolab Training, I.S.S., Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC], Star City, Zvyozdny gorodok, Russia, 2007.

©Vincent Fournier - Sokol Space Glove, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC], Star City, Zvyozdny Gorodok, Russia, 2007.

©Vincent Fournier - Mars Desert Research Station #1 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008.

©Vincent Fournier - Kobian Robot #1 [Takanishi Laboratory], Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.

©Vincent Fournier - Asimo #2 [Honda], RMCA, Brussels, Belgium, 2009.

©Vincent Fournier - DRAGONFLY [Chloromgonfus detectis] Volatile inorganic-sensitive animal.

©Vincent Fournier - GREAT GREY OWL [Strix predatoris] Predator-resistant feathers.

©Vincent Fournier - RABBIT [Oryctolagus cognitivus] Very intelligent rabbit.

©Vincent Fournier - RED POPPY [Ignis Ubinanae] Flower with fiery plasma .

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Interview

Vincent Fournier Special Interview for Diesel Art Gallery Exhibition “Archeology of The Future”

  • --Please introduce yourself.
    
My name is Vincent Fournier. I am a French photographer, 44-years old and I live in Paris.

    --Please tell us the concept and main purpose of this exhibition.
    
This exhibition presents three series from my work. The now well-known ‘Space Project,’ and for the first time in Japan ‘The Man Machine’ and ‘Post Natural History’ series.

    --Please tell us the meaning of the title.
      Although archeology is about the study of the past I use “Archeology of the Future” as my title. Usually archeology focuses on the past and is about discovering remains from the past and underground. However, what I wanted to show this time is not the past that has passed but the past that remains into the future. We explore the legacy of what will be in front of us.  Tomorrow is past for people living the day after tomorrow.  The title “Archeology of the Future” is expressed in the context of capturing time proactively.

    --What was the catalyst for the making of ‘Space Project,’ ‘The Man Machine,’ and ‘Post Natural History’ that are part of this exhibition?
      First, ‘Space Project’ demonstrates “future of the past” most. For those living in modern society going to space is the image of the past. It was the “future” for those living 50 years ago.  This exhibition is based on my childhood dream about space just like everybody else dreamed a few decades ago. When I grew up, I was fortunate to have the opportunities to travel, which connected me to NASA in the United States and Star City in Russia and led to me realizing this series.

    While “Space Project” demonstrates “future of the past,” “The Man Machine” demonstrates “Another Present.”  In other words it is present and provides other options. There are many robots in our modern life. However, we don’t encounter “humanoid robot” even in our high tech society.  In this series, the world with humanoid robots is depicted as normal. I wonder if human and humanoid robots can co-exist. “Post Natural History” demonstrates “Past of the Future.”  Literally, Past of the Future.  Plants and animals which naturally evolved will transform with genetic engineering.  This series demonstrates the future we have not seen but that is possible. And for people in the future it is the possibility of past.
  • --When robots, machines and research institutions are filmed, it tends to become documentary photography.  However, your work has a story.  What do you keep in mind when you are filming?
    “The Man Machine” is not a robot that became human but a robot that co-exists with humans. I film robots in natural positions and poses. I consciously capture robots that live with humans in the most natural state and viewers feel the story.

    --Can you tell us about 3D print work?  With the advancement of technology the limit of expression widens.  What is the cutting edge technology you would like to try?
    I was convinced that 3D photography would be possible when 3D printer technology came out. I was very interested in it and was able to produce work, which were not possible before.  I was inspired with new ideas. Technological progress is rapid.  I have many new ideas and challenges that I will not disclose just yet. For now, I will say that there is a lot of potential with the 3D scanner.

  • --Please tell us about the series of work “Past Forward”.
    It is impossible for any artist to show all his series and works at any exhibition. It is unfortunate for artists and viewers. The collection of work introduces my world, and fulfills my desire. You can touch my world thanks to the wonderful collection of work.  I hope that many people will have a chance to see this collection of work.

    – What made you decide to become an artist?
    I was interested in photography since I was a child.  I studied photography and was lucky to have followed the path.

    --The artists that you like?
    
There are many artists that I like and respect. Andreas gursky is one of them...

    --Please tell me your source of inspiration.
    The first inspirational source is probably childhood dreams.
And I was especially affected by novels such as Jules Verne’s I read when I was a kid.

    --Please tell me some books or movies that have marked you.
    
Of course there is the Jules Verne's novel and also movies such as
« Solaris » or « 2001 A Space Odyssey ».

    --How do you spend your holidays?
    
I travel and I read a lot.

    --Is there a place or country you would like to visit?
    I am very lucky because my work gives me opportunity to travel a lot and discover many new places and people. So I just really enjoy any new places I I have a chance to visit.

    --Do you have any project you want you want someday to realize? (subject , Place,... )
    
Now I am working Post Natural History series. But I have of course several news ideas in mind.
And to complete the series of Space Project, I would really love to cooperate with JAXA for a shooting in their Japanese sites. So if anyone from JAXA is reading those lines...

  • --Your stay in Tokyo was very short but did you enjoy it? Is there a place you liked particularly?
    
It is my 4th or 5th visit to Japan and I always really enjoy it.
This time I made a great discovery. It’s the Museum « Intermediatheque » just in front of Tokyo Station. I was impressed by the great link to my Post Natural History series. 


    --Please tell us about your future projects.
    After this exhibition I will be showing in several international galleries and museums. And I'll also continue to work on the 3D series

    --Please give a message to the people coming to the exhibition.
    
Come as you are, art lover, scientist, artist, poet... and enjoy a journey in space and time!

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