Mark Geffriaud — Deux mille quinze


Film, installation, sound - music, video

Mark Geffriaud
Deux mille quinze

Past: September 22 → December 11, 2016

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The film installation at the heart of the exhibition conceived by Mark Geffriaud for le plateau explores our relationship to time. The film consists of footage of two different locations, namely, the construction site of the largest telescope in the world in the Atacama Desert, Chile, and the shores of Lake Titicaca, between Peru and Bolivia, where large building stones were abandoned more than a thousand years ago.

From the top of Mount Armazones, where the future telescope will stand, astrophysicists hope to travel back in time and witness the birth of the first galaxies. The piedras cansadas (tired stones), abandoned for unknown reasons during their transport to the city of Tiwanaku, have given rise to much speculation by archaeologists. The various theories on the building for which they were intended rely on the past to construct various projections of a future that will forever remain fictitious.

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Vue de l’exposition Deux mille quinze de Mark Geffriaud, Le Plateau, 2016 Photo © Martin Argyroglo

In Geffriaud’s film, each site becomes the mirror image of the other: the highest technology, in the near future, will project us into the most distant past, while the traces of ancient civilizations and ancestral techniques carry us back into the past, from where we consider other futures.

Between these two sites lies the land of the Aymara, the only people on earth that has an inverted concept of time, with the past lying ahead and the future behind it. Shifting from one site to the other therefore implies crossing a region where our relationship to time is upended. This reversal of time is also reflected in the arrangement of the exhibition, which is punctuated by screenings of the film, random interruptions, and the flow of the soundtrack in all the rooms. Similarly, the soundtrack itself retraces the journey between the two sites by following the development of the project in reverse.

Curator : Xavier Franceschi

  • Opening Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6 PM → 9 PM
  • Conversations de plateau Meeting Thursday, November 24, 2016 7:30 PM → 9 PM

    Des invités échangent et livrent leurs regards sur l’exposition. Avec : Christophe Blanchet (musicien), Sylvain Chaty (astrophysicien), Yann Geffriaud (brasseur), Géraldine Longueville (curatrice), Sébastien Pluot (historien d’art) et Marc Sarazin (astro-météorologue).

  • Closing Sunday, December 11, 2016 6 PM → 9 PM
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75019 Paris

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Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7 PM
Late night and drinks : 1st Wednesday of each month (except opening dates) until 9pm

Admission fee

Free entrance

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