AUG 22, 2014 – NOV 14, 2014
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."
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 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.
©Vincent Fournier - SOKOL KV2 Space Suit, KAZBEK seat from a Soyuz rocket, Warehouse, London, United Kingdom, 2009.
©Vincent Fournier - Hydrolab Training, I.S.S., 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 - Sokol Space Glove, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC], Star City, Zvyozdny Gorodok, Russia, 2007.
©Vincent Fournier - DRAGONFLY [Chloromgonfus detectis] Volatile inorganic-sensitive animal.
©Vincent Fournier - RABBIT [Oryctolagus cognitivus] Very intelligent rabbit.
©Vincent Fournier - GREAT GREY OWL [Strix predatoris] Predator-resistant feathers.
©Vincent Fournier - RED POPPY [Ignis Ubinanae] Flower with fiery plasma .
©Vincent Fournier - Kobian Robot #1 [Takanishi Laboratory], Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.
©Vincent Fournier - Asimo #2 [Honda], RMCA, Brussels, Belgium, 2009.