"Gazing the Crossraods of Civilizations" by Marc Brousse at ArtboxGallery

The founding principles of civilizations are done through urban cultures nourished by symbols, utopias to engrave identity references and generate memory of places. Thus the fundamental values of our environment such as architecture, the nature city are a vector of social relationships and unification.

Since ancient times, utopian architecture has been dreamed of as an assignable place (ATOPOS) expressing an exit from history. From Ezekiel with Babylon, from Homer and the Champs Elysees, from the light city of Baghdad under Abassides, or from the Utopia island of Thomas More, visions of cities without time could be illustrated, compiling a moral vision of the world. Thus, through a dialogue between the architecture of man and nature, the artworks will help to re-question the position of man within the city as a global identity, abstract and even elusive. This position is equivalent to the 3 periods/attitudes that Zygmunt Bauman defines:

  • • Pre-modern: the utopia of the game warden, the defendant of the natural balance.
  • • Modern: gardener wanting to organize his space, submitting nature to an order he decides
  • • Contemporary: the utopia of the hunter who kills until his carrier is full. The flight forward that does not fear deregulation.

This approach permit to follow the statement that cultural and so architectural development follow the epigenetic concept ( we are born with the aptitude for language). Epigenetic principles indicate that development is the outcome of underlying rules plus specific sensitivity to the environment.

Every city is a unique « species » in the sense that his juxtaposition of building and spaces constitute the epigenetic program for that place. Epigenesis AS a developmental principle that buildings do not merely echo the existing milieu but add something new and dynamic to the urban context.

The two series of artworks follow the statement that the catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.( Italo Calvino).

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