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Effondrement des Alpes [Collapse of the Alps]

IRL é RL - Exhibition
Louise Mervelet
Louise Mervelet and Stanislas Paruzel, Untitled (muppet drunk), 2020 Courtesy of the artists. Photo Alexandre Gradt © Adagp, Paris, 2021

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

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8€ / 4€ / Free for under18

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Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 6pm


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Texte En savoir plus : Gauche

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.


Texte En savoir plus : Droite

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.