IRL é RL is a project by the research platform Effondrement des Alpes, invited to the macLYON from May to July 2021. It combines an exhibition, a programme of live events, artist residencies, food, a dormitory, workshops, and discussion and meeting areas.
Wether the museum is still closed or is allowed to open to the public, this project is conceived as a growth of art broadcasted to the audience. It offers a series of dense and strange experiences, and the entire programme has something to suit all tastes: opera, films, a fair, lectures, sound poetry and so on.
IRL é RL can be seen as a media which convey what is invented during its process.
The collective research platform Effondrement des Alpes is developed by the ESAAA—École Supérieure d’Art Annecy Alpes with the Centre de la Photographie Genève and various other partners.
This platform monitors the morphology of the landscape, describes what is collapsing (cliffs, insect populations, time spent…) and experiments with forms that gradually contribute to the emergence of new ways of inhabiting the world.
Effondrement des Alpes in macLYON:
Mabe Bethônico, Stéphanie Cherpin, Laurent Faulon, Pierre Gaignard, Cécile Guichard, Anne-Sarah Huet, Anne Kawala, Quentin Lazzareschi, Louise Mervelet, Stéphane Sauzedde, Mathilde Sauzet Mattei, Vikhi Vahavek, David Zerbib
Nom de l'artisteMabe Bethônico
Nom de l'artisteStéphanie Cherpin
Nom de l'artisteLaurent Faulon
Nom de l'artistePierre Gaignard
Nom de l'artisteCécile Guichard
Nom de l'artisteAnne-Sarah Huet
Nom de l'artisteAnne Kawala
Nom de l'artisteQuentin Lazzareschi
Nom de l'artisteLouise Mervelet
Nom de l'artisteMathilde Sauzet Mattei
Nom de l'artisteVikhi Vahavek
Nom de l'artisteDavid Zerbib
Born in 1966 in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), she lives and works between Geneva (Switzerland) and Belo Horizonte (Brazil).
Artist and researcher associated with the Effondrement des Alpes project, Mabe Bethônico graduated from the Royal College of Art, London (Masters and PhD). Her artistic work is based on archival documents intended to generate narratives using text, image and sound. She is interested in the fictional potential of documents, when their importance is shifted or when they are recontextualized. She questions Brazil’s mining history, as well as institutional histories.
Born in 1979 in Paris, where she lives and works.Artist and graduate from the Écoles Supérieures des Beaux-Arts of Bordeaux and Marseille, Stéphanie Cherpin holds a Master’s in Philosophy. Drawing on the vast repertoire of forms, colours and textures produced by our post-industrial societies, the artist creates work from the margins of our cities. Her installations and sculptures incorporate materials such as wood, metal, concrete, stone, canvas, rope, paint, tape, etc. All of which can be used to build, reconstruct, and deconstruct unstable structures.
Born in 1969 in Nevers, he lives and works in Geneva (Switzerland).
Artist Laurent Faulon has developed an art of interventions, usually ephemeral and strongly contextualized. Over twenty or so years, his work has moved from performance to sculpture. Designing works that resonate with the architectural, political or social characteristics of the places that host them, his practice is based on the analysis of the production and exhibition conditions he encounters, and seeks to reconfigure the issues or challenges faced.
Born in 1986, he lives and works at Wonder in Clichy.
Pierre Gaignard lives and works in an artist-run space within an artists’ community. His work combines sculpture, performance and experimental film. He uses documentary as much as fiction. Driven by a strong intention, his aim is to bear witness to the present time, and to highlight the relics and resistance that operate therein. He likes to question humanity’s relationship to memory and, inevitably, to loss.
Born in 1990 in Dublin (Ireland), she lives and works in Brussels (Belgium).
Cécile Guichard is an artist, researcher and designer. She holds a Master’s in “Space and Communication” Design (2014) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the “Design of International Organizations” (2015) from HEAD—Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva.
Guichard investigates waste and other expired materials produced by the inhabitants of the Alps. She maps waste disposal sites, lists ski resort buildings nearing the end of their lifespan, and creates image banks and descriptions in order to find out what exists and what is potentially available for new uses.
Born in 1984 in Aubagne, she lives and works in Paris.
Poet and economist Anne-Sarah Huet places writing at the centre of her artistic practice. Her texts are associated with objects and uses that she presents and documents. She builds her fictions as interfaces based on the mechanics of the exhibition space mechanics (or the reception context, whatever this may be), and its means of valorisation.
Born in 1980 in Herlincourt, she lives and works in Paris.
Anne Kawala graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Her work questions the relationships between orality and the character of writing or being written, as well as gender and the gender of writing, drawing on anthropological and historical research. Formally, this work results in both publications and performances. She offers orally written narratives: formed over time, they interweave with readings of works by writers whose thought and sensitivity inspire Kawala.
Born in 1994 n Annemasse, he lives and works in Saint-Étienne.
Artist and researcher, Quentin Lazzareschi is currently preparing an Advanced Degree in Art Research at the ESAAA.
His minimal interventions subvert objects, situations and systems in order to create disturbances within specific and actual spaces. By adopting “quasi-strategies”, Lazzareschi plays with the ambiguity of the projections engaged by his sculptures and installations, bordering on fictions, in which the veritable gesture associates with language and potential narratives.
Born in 1994 in Paris, where she lives and works.
Graduating in 2018 from the Villa Arson, Louise Mervelet places her work partly in the field of pop culture, where the trivial and the spectacular are mixed. “Flashy, whorish, vulgar, glamorous, theatrical, frivolous, superficial, rude, outrageous, exaggerated, and futile”: this is her artistic intention. For a time, she sought to understand the links between sculpture and cinema and embarked on a radical deconstruction process. She currently works with various media (video, photography, sculpture) and attempts to imagine visual objects as the vectors of non-hegemonic narratives.
Born in 1987 in Châlon-sur-Saône, she lives and works in Cluny.
Mathilde Sauzet Mattei is an independent exhibition curator, teacher at the ESAAA and founder of the curatorial and editorial platform Les commissaires anonymes [Anonymous Curators]. The author of theoretical and fictional texts, she enjoys curating and writing experimental media, which serve as the basis for her research and visual creation in art and design.
Vikhi Vahavek is a collective figure, or rather the collective avatar of a course on the social and political commitments of artistic life, called La Vie qui va avec [The Life that Goes With it], which ESAAA students followed from 2016 to 2018. It is a sort of label, an identificatory sign, a false identity under which anyone can act, and which can be used in groups and sub-groups.In 2020, Vikhi Vahavek took the form of a book comprising testimonials and analyses based both on plastic forms and their underlying life forms. Cécile Guichard, Quentin Lazzareschi, Clôde Coulpier, Anne-Sarah Huet and Mathilde Sauzet Mattei (to name but a few of the artists and designers) contributed. Vikhi Vahavek remains a working tool to collectively question the life and career of the artist.
Philosopher and art critic, David Zerbib’s research focuses on the principles of an aesthetic theory of contemporary works. He is especially interested in the issue of performance and performativity, as well as the issue of formats. An associate member of the Centre d’Histoire des Philosophies Modernes at the Sorbonne (EA1451) and member of the reading committee of the Critique d’Art review, he contributes to various reviews and publications, both in France and abroad. He teaches the Philosophy of Art at HEAD—Haute École d’Art et de Design, Geneva.
Since 2018, Effondrement des Alpes has brought together artists, designers, philosophers, poets, scientists, activists, students and professionals.
This group consists of a “crowd of concerned individuals”, all of them facing, beyond their own personal situations, the rapid transformation of landscapes, lifestyles and territories, impacted by global warming and its corollaries.
Effondrement des Alpes was born from the devastating observation of the irreversible melting of the permafrost in the Alps and the resulting climate changes. As a dramatic consequence of this phenomenon, rock collapses, which were once merely the backdrop of catastrophic narratives, are now the object of a transversal study, undertaken by creators and researchers.
If the Alps, a millennial marker of our geography, crumble and erode, how should we reconsider our natural heritage, which serves as a kind of anchor, in an evolving and impermanent world? Effondrement des Alpes explores new ways of thinking and living in a changing territory, through artistic production and research.