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.
IRL é RL mixes the real and the unreal, events and objects. Over the course of several weeks, it provides an opportunity to meet “In Real Life” (IRL) in Lyon, or/and online at irlerl.art, thereby warding off the trajectories by which we, terrestrial beings, have been de-terrestrialised (that is to say separated from the earth, stuck behind our screens, lost in our department stores and cities, etc.).
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, Laurent Faulon, Pierre Gaignard, Anne-Sarah Huet, Quentin Lazzareschi, Louise Mervelet, Stéphane Sauzedde, Mathilde Sauzet Mattei, Vikhi Vahavek
With: Sheila Atala, Jérome Baku, Jacob Bertilsson, Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer, Etienne Caire, Stephanie Cherpin, cONcErn, Theodora Domenech, Victorine Grataloup, Hélène Gugenheim, Cecile Guichard, Paul Guilibert, Lucile Haute, Anne Kawala, Etienne Kurzaj & Tommy Poire, Joyce Lainé, Sandra Lorenzi, Stephen Loye, Mass Bass,Salma Mochtari, Cynthia Monthier, Nathalie Muchamad, May Murad,Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Carole Nosella, Jérémie Nuel, Blaise Parmentier, Stanislas Paruzel, Akim Pasquet, Benoit Pieron, Jacopo Rasmi, Andrea Reille, Remi Riault, Julien Ribeiro, Theo Robine Langlois, Nesrine Salem, Solo Chaud, Loïc Verdillon, Aster Verrier, Le Wonder, David Zerbib, Janna Zhiri...
Students from ESAAA : Marie Boudet, Camille Doucet, Marguerite de Poret, Elodie Duwyn, Manon Genet, Zazie Grasset, Luana Leite Castro, Pauline Maignan, Louise Singla, Matteo Tassan-Din, Lyse Vuillemin, Nathan Willerval and Margot Wolff
Nom de l'artisteJacob Bertilsson
Nom de l'artisteMabe Bethônico
Nom de l'artisteLaurent Faulon
Nom de l'artistePierre Gaignard
Nom de l'artisteGrolou
Nom de l'artisteAnne-Sarah Huet
Nom de l'artisteQuentin Lazzareschi
Nom de l'artisteSandra Lorenzi
Nom de l'artisteLouise Mervelet
Nom de l'artisteToma Muteba Luntumbue
Nom de l'artisteBlaise Parmentier
Nom de l'artisteStanislas Paruzel
Nom de l'artisteAndrea Reille
Nom de l'artisteRémi Riault
Nom de l'artisteMathilde Sauzet Mattei
Nom de l'artisteVikhi Vahavek
Jacob Bertilsson is a Swedish researcher and artist. His current work focuses on the role of technology and aesthetics in relation to ecosystem governance. Within the shifting landscape of increased environmental awareness, his practice deals with how new imaginations cannot only be cultivated but also be made operational towards alternative futures. He is currently in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths university of London.
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 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.
Grolou draws, tattoos, makes music, and cooks. His cuisine tries, with generosity, to discover new products and new flavors. This adventurous cuisine does not always produce edible food, and takes a scientific approach that focuses on the alchemy, transformation, colors and textures of the food and elements it manipulates; like the visual artists and artists who surround him at Wonder, artist-run space in which he evolves.
For macLYON, Grolou offers Solo.Chaud, a protean and multidisciplinary project in the former Museum café.
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 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.
Artist and poet, Sandra Lorenzi questions our relationship to environments as a historical and political substrate as well as a fertile territory, inhabited by a multiplicity of beings. Conceived from material, energetic or symbolic entities a priori foreign to each other (figures, objects, architectures, plant species, minerals ...), his drawings, writings, sculptures and installations lead us to compose stories alternatives to the History in place. She deploys a restorative work where the question of "taking care" is central. Sandra Lorenzi graduated from the National School of Art at Villa Arson (Nice) in 2009. Her work has since been presented in institutions and galleries in France and abroad (Italy, Greece, South Africa. South, Germany, Belgium ...).
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.
Artist and curator, born in 1962 in Kinshasa (DRC) and currently resident in Brussels, Toma Muteba Luntumbue works with sculpture, installation, drawing, sound and video. His art is concentrated on codified cultural representations and ideological phenomena linked to the concept of identity, to the stereotypes or to the transformations it is subject to: using inexpensive or recycled materials, memory of Africa, Luntumbue explores in this light the themes of nationalism, racism, individualism, identity, colonisation, decolonisation and migrations.
Blaise Parmentier (1983, FR), lives and works in Sète. Through a moving and protean practice, Blaise Parmentier deploys a conceptual work producing without habit painting, sculpture or installation. His works often convene gestures and forms resulting from the history of the art, the industrial design or its of tagging as reflexive contexts.
Stanislas Paruzel was born in 1992 in Pau. He currently lives and works in Paris. "The video fictions of Stanislas Paruzel cross both mythological elements and different modes of representation. By mythological elements, we understand in the broad sense of the narrative motives received; as for the difference of the modes modes of representation, it is established in particular between the shooting with real actors and the manufacture of of synthetic images." Joseph Mouton. After passing through the art school of Bayonne, he returned to the Villa Arson in 2013 and obtained his DNSEP with congratulations in 2017. He joined in 2018, the workshop Artist run space, Iveco Nu in Noisy-Le-Sec. He is a member of the collective Nuevos Boloss and Outreglot. He participated recently in the exhibitions Le Juste prix, foundation of company Pernod Ricard (2021), Paris; Poeurnf / SISSI x Arcade Majeure, Montevideo, Marseille (2020) or Nazcas Festival, Brasseries Atlas, Brussels (2019).
Andrea Reille is a motion designer and digital artist, she graduated from the fine arts school of Cergy in 2017 (DNA). She then specialized in animation at the Fonderie de l'Image where she obtained a license in 2D and 3D motion design. Influenced by artists like Meriem Bennani, Nikita Diakur or Sam Lyon, she wanted to explore other digital media such as special effects, mapping, editing and vijing. She started by working with the Pollen Records collective as well as for a fashion show in Rabat (motion, mapping). Today, she collaborates with the studio of motion design studio Mélody Da Fonseca and the label BMM Records. She also intervenes in schools and Fab-lab as a trainer during workshops.
Rémi Riault is an artist and musician. He has a DIY practice pushed to the extreme, and builds his synthesizers from A to Z, from the printed circuit to the potard. His music is at the same time ambient, drone, noise, and is inspired by video games. His plastic productions are at the crossroads of art and design. Rémi is one of the co-founders of the run-space IVECO NU in Noisy-Le-Sec.
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.
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.