As the spring season approaches, I’m preparing my upcoming stay in New York City. In April, I’m leaving for three months to develop a project supported by the program Medicis, Hors les Murs of L’Institut Français. I want to take off with a part of Berlin in my luggage. This is the reason why you have received my invitation. The Manhattan project is looking at the historical, formal and theoretical intersections and relationships between the work of the 18th century French architect Jean-Jacques Lequeu and architectural modernism in New York. The project deals with Lequeu as a key figure who, despite the fact that he was continuously stigmatize as an academic outlaw and queer outsider in architectural and art history, had probably a major influence on Marcel Duchamp and the surrealist movement. Based on this premise, I’m planning to create what I call « An analogical Index », a multi-layered research based artwork. Some of you already know that I moved my studio in a staircase in Kreuzberg, almost a year ago. Working in a staircase, from level to level, is a spatial experience that one can relate to as the multiple entries of an index. Lequeu’s « Treaty of shadows » inhabited the staircase for months and I do think that it is time for me to pay a tribute to this incredible figure. Following my research on different kinds of indexation procedure as imprints, shadows or symptoms, the staircase appeared like a perfect heterotopia which could host the shadows of Berlin. The tectonic expression of a staircase is a helicoid. If one can see Berlin as the city of spirals, the helicoidal movement of the stairway echoes its storms. I’m planning, therefore, to invite you, the figures that I met in Berlin over the last past three years, to walk and climb the spiral with me, leaving your print over history. For this occasion, let’s have a drink to Lequeu’s memory listening to few analogical variations of Ludovic Jecker or shivering on Jerôme Poret’s bass peak shaking the structure of the stairs while we’ll watch Farid Ayelem Rahmouni’s movements, whom suspended in the void of the hopper, will attempt to redraw the curves of the helicoid. He will carry a camera that will register the flow of our shadows mixed with the contours of the space. This invitation is strictly individual and the event is not public. As a guest you will be simultaneously part of the cast, a protagonist of our helicoidal scheme.
I would be delighted to host you on Saturday March 16th 2013,
at 19.00.Dessauerstrasse 24 10963 Kreuzberg, Hinterhof, back stairs.