TREEHOPPER [Hemikyptha botuli]. Pollutant-sensitive insect (detail) (100 x 58 cm)
POST NATURAL HISTORY ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE
The Perth Centre for Photography is pleased to present an Australian premiere of Post Natural History by Vincent Fournier
At Alliance Francaise Eildon Gallery
51 Grey St, ST KILDA
Exhibition dates: 10 August to 4 September 2016
Opening on Thu 18 August 2016, 6.30pm to 8pm, Free admission
Mixing History and anticipation, memory and science fiction, the Post Natural History project shows a collection of « upcoming species » based upon synthetic biology and cybernetics. Presented in the style of a Cabinet of curiosity, with its uncanny but also familiar beauty, this poetic and sensitive bestiary questions our relationship to Nature and technology.
The Post Natural History project shows the archives of an imagined future caught between memory and projection where science, technology and living organisms have all intersected to create a handful of ultra-developed species with highly technological capabilities.
Based on conversations with synthetic biology specialists and presented with the aesthetic of encyclopedic boards these “upcoming living species” are familiar yet strange. Indeed, we "know" the rabbit or the lizard, but upon closer inspection, we realize certain differences. For example, the dragonfly possesses a transparent glass belly in which a luminescent sensor measures the rate of pollution.
Just like the bestiaries of origin from the Middle Age that were mixing the fantastic with the real, this imaginary archive is a mirror for our hope, fear, and phantasms about the unknown. These surrealistic species are classified by alphabetical order with captions describing their new traits. My inspirations come from old illustrations, painting, poesy, myths and scientific facts.
(50.4 x 60.5 cm)
Vincent Fournier was born in 1970 and lives in Paris. After graduating with a sociology degree and a Masters in Visual Arts, he obtained a diploma from the National School of Photography in Arles in 1997.
Fascinated by science and technologies, Fournier explores the future of our societies and the biological changes to come. His photographs are between fantasy and reality, showing us the next innovations to come and what could happen to our civilization.
His works are regularly exhibited in international galleries and festivals, such as Les Rencontres d’Arles, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Musée des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, Fondation EDF in Paris, Centre d’Art Contemporain in Pontmain (France), Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin, Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Genk (Belgium), Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Centre de la Photographie in Genève, Quai 1 Vevey in Switzerland, 798 Space in Beijing.
His work can be found in public and private art collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, permanent collection (New York) LVMH Contemporary Art Collection in Paris, MAST Fondation in Bologne, The Schlumberger-Primat Collection, and The Baccarat Art Collection in New York.
Exhibition Catalogue (PDF)
PEACOCK [Pavo exosceletus].
Attractive gallinaceous bird with an almighty armor
(125 x 66.5 cm)
The Perth Centre for Photography would like to acknowledge the generous support provided for this exhibition by:
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