Category: Photographic works

The below works make use of a well-known argentic paper property: to darken when exposed to light. The darkness level and contrast will depend on three key features: the brightness, the ultraviolet index and the angle of refraction between the light and the paper surface. Depending on the chemical pre-treatment, some parts of the paper will darken over time and others not. With such relative unpredictability, the light symbolizes the hazard affecting an urban space while the photography at D0 and D+ (i.e. before light and after light exposure) contributes to the questionings related to the urban space before and after the hazard occurrence.

(argentic paper grade: Ilford MGIV RC Luxe Pearl 7×9,5 in)

Shakes

Can urban resilience be implemented in case of widespread destructions? At D0, two iconic symbols, a Le Corbusier building and the Golden Gate bridge are willing to withstand the unavoidable earthquake aftershocks. At D+, the landscape disappears; only the broken glass path remains, referring to our fears and fragility. More to read here

Thank you Eugène

At D0, three plans in opposition: in the background, a geometrical structure inspired by the work of F. Morellet, symbolizing the urban grid; on the forefront, a work in progress or an old facade; in-between, a Haussmannian building, renowned for its resilient features, imposing its steady foundation. At D+, everything fades out around the building […]

A Japanese paradox

In this work, the great wave of Hokusaï should be understood for its symbolic meaning, calling for an almighty nature that no one can stop and to an absolute sense of ephemerality. At D0, the city and its inhabitants are in a state of unstable balance, between the strength of the wave and the urban […]

Interface

Urban space complexity increases. The adaptation to our environment is vital but in the same time it may hurt our cultural, philosophical and religious beliefs. In between, the interface, as below symbolized, and a work questioning the urban space contribution to the equilibrium between both sides post hazard. At D0, before the hazard occurrence, the […]

Smart city

There is a risk with the «smart city» development to underestimate the growing complexity of cities which can even be exacerbated by our digital environment. How to make sure that urban cartographies are representative when low income citizens are left aside? In this work a couple watches Manhattan in an attitude encompassing cautiousness and exclusion. […]

Gegen Ende

This work should be seen as a counter-example, underlining the difficulty to incorporate ephemeral experimentations in our urban plans. This building in Berlin speaks for itself with a “Gegen Ende” (towards the end) and the inability to reconsider the notion of ownership. At D0, the building, the sky and the movie theater are distinct from […]

The homeless couple

A work about homeless settlement and the relation with urban resilience. At D0, the garage door appeals to the eye before being attracted by two mattresses continuously with the wall. At D+, the background darkened leaving the space to the unoccupied mattresses with an obsessing question: what have we done with the “occupants”? More to […]

La Seine

The below work questions how far flooding adaptation can go, while protecting the cultural heritage of historical cities. At D0, the incongruity of the perspective is not detrimental to the architectural heritage, still visible in the background. At D+, only two houses of the forefront can be seen. The rest of the city darkened, raising […]

The sheep of La Défense

This works questions the way rurality could become integrated into urbanity, enabling so to rebalance the exclusions derived from a “selective green-washing” urbanism. At D0, the urban imposes its grid massively, almost oppressively. At D+, towers fade out. Low level buildings find a new balance. The continuum with rurality is emphasized. The appropriation of rurality […]

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