OrtaWater returns to The Netherlands

OrtaWater returns to The Netherlands

27 June 2015 - 04 October 2015
Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, Group Exhibition

Following on from OrtaWater presented at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam in 2005, Lucy + Jorge Orta have been invited to create a new rendition of their Purification Factory for Museum De Lakenhal’s summer exhibition Global Imaginations. The artists’ factory will be purifying and distributing water from the De Meelfabriek, an abandoned flour factory that reflects the city’s industrial past, from 27 June until 4 October 2015.

Lucy + Jorge Orta will be among the twenty leading contemporary artists presented in Global Imaginations, seeking ways to better understand our world geography. In the Dutch town of Leiden, scientists from the Leiden University have been studying the globe for centuries, and their efforts often relied on collaboration with artists who captured their findings in maps, botanical drawings, diagrams and symbols. But the modern world is changing constantly. The traditional borders that separate the local, the national and the international are quickly fading thanks to the development of the internet and through increasing migration, while new scientific discoveries are constantly enabling us to adapt our own worldviews.

Within this context, Lucy + Jorge’s body of work OrtaWater focuses on water scarcity and the complex issues surrounding the corporate control of access to clean water. Their sculptures are both playful and provocative, incorporating fully functioning low-cost purification machinery, bottling stations and transportation devices that enable filthy water to be pumped and filtered directly from neighbouring polluted water sources. Water Purification Factory is typical of the artists’ aesthetic, a huge assemblage of reclaimed wooden huts, water objects and machinery that will be pumping polluted water from Old Rhine and distributing clean samples, to help broaden our understanding of water availability, the effects of pollution, and to demonstrate simple purification and distribution solutions.

Italian exhibitions | Fashion as Social Energy

Italian exhibitions | Fashion as Social Energy

28 May 2015 - 30 August 2015
Palazzo Morando, Museo Costume, Moda e Immagine, Milan, Group exhibition

After Fabulae Naturae, commissioned by ZegnArt, which took place in Milan on the 2nd May, and their participation to Glasstress 2015 Gotika for the International Art Exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale. Lucy + Jorge Orta present a selection of historic works in the exhibition Fashion as Social Energy, from 28th May to 30st August.

Fashion as Social Energy presents artists and designers, who offer new alternative visions of the role of clothing as a powerful means of expression channelling new world values.The exhibition reveals a new sensibility for common themes ranging from the growing concern for our common destiny and the environment, the relationship of dress codes to territory, the combination of Eastern and Western traditions, the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, the vulnerability of the body and the fragility of personal identities.

In the exhibition we discover several periods of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s work, Identity Refuge (1995), a collaboration with the Salvation Army charity, employing second hand clothing and accessories – belts, gloves, zippers – to turn them into fashionable items of clothing, and to give residents the means to reclaim their self-esteem through the items they transform during the artists’ workshops.

The second series Fabualae Romanae (2012), includes the Traveller, wearing an enormous coat festooned with sleeves and cloth suitcases; the Traveller seems to be doomed to travel for eternity. Dome Dwelling Viminale, one of the seven Hills of Rome in the series, is a shelter for the mysterious and romantic characters who wander the city of Rome, in the artists’ interpretation of the Italian city.

Curated by Anna Detheridge and Gabi Scardi and organised by Connecting Cultures.

Biennale de Venezia | Glasstress Gotika

Biennale de Venezia | Glasstress Gotika

09 May 2015 - 22 November 2015
Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, International Art Exhibition

Following their participation in Glasstress 2013, Lucy + Jorge Orta are delighted to announce their participation in Glasstress 2015 Gotika, a collateral exhibition that will take place at the Palazzo Franchetti, Academia for the 56th Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

The exhibition, lead by the State Hermitage Museum and Berengo Studio, explores how medieval ideas and communication methods have imperceptibly crept into our modern conscience despite our technological advances and how the Gothic concept influences contemporary art. Glasstress 2015 Gotika will combine historical works from the Hermitage collection and newly commissioned art works in glass, all with a Gothic theme.

Commissioned for the exhibition, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s sculpture Arboreal, is an imposing bronze cast from a fallen tree-trunk from which, four exquisite glass seed pods are blossoming. The contrast between the dark patina of the bronze and the ethereal quality of the delicate hand-blown Murano glass, speak of the resilience of nature to overcome the most barren environments.

Milan Expo inaugural event | Fabulae Naturae

Milan Expo inaugural event | Fabulae Naturae

02 May 2015
Ermenegildo Zegna global headquarters, Milan, Performance event

On May 2nd, ZegnArt celebrated the opening of Expo Milan 2015. For the occasion, Lucy + Jorge Orta were commissioned to create a series of monumental wall murals for the Ermenegildo Zegna global headquarters, forming a stunning backdrop to the performance Symphony of Absent Wildlife and Act XXXVII of their artist dinners, 70 x 7 The Meal. The exhibition Fabulae Naturae curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, will be open to the public on May 10th, 24th and 31st.

The artists transformed the remarkable architecture designed by Antonio Citterio into a forest of immense floral murals reminiscent of the Oasi Zegna. The larger-than-life murals were inspired by the artists’ research undertaken in the Heberlein Fund, a vast printed textile collection conserved by the Zegna Archive. At the centerpiece of the setting is a life-size tree floor drawing, whose branches lead visitors to thefood stations, where the famous chef Davide Oldani served a menu of sustainable delicacies. Choosing timely convivial moments to discuss sustainable issues, Lucy + Jorge Orta have created a limited edition of Royal Limoges porcelain, to provoke debates between guests, and to support the restoration of the Punta Mesco area in Italy. For each artwork sold a row of vines will be planted, bearing the name of each «owner».

For Fabulae Naturae, Lucy + Jorge Orta create a true ode to wildlife. Along side the immense kaleidoscope of murals, the artists staged Symphony for Absent Wildlife, a visual and audio installation, to intensify the feeling of stepping into a fairy tale world, inhabited by fictional creatures of the forest. The three-dimensional sound-scape is conceived as a dichotomy between a ‘false’ orchestra of flutists acting in a symphony for nature and a ‘true’ orchestra consisting of bird whistles. Each musician wears a tailcoat and mask, in the form of a woodland creature tailored from reclaimed felt blankets.

Fabulae Naturae is a new episode of the art and food performances that Lucy + Jorge Orta have presented in cities around the world since 1997, in which they connect art, nutrition and ethical themes. Watch the video clip.

 Fabulae Romanae on show in Australia

Fabulae Romanae on show in Australia

05 March 2015 - 11 April 2015
RMIT Design Hub Melbourne, Group exhibition

Studio Orta is happy to announce the presentation of the large screen projection Fabulae Romanae by Lucy + Jorge Orta, in the exhibition Fashion Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media at the Design Hub in Melbourne from March 5 to April 11, 2015.

Curated by Jessica Bugg, (Deputy Head, Research School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University) and Anna-Nicole Ziesche (Research Fellow at London College Fashion), the exhibition Materiality, Meaning, Media considers the intersection of fashion and performance.  By focusing on the shared understanding of clothing and the body as well as the similarity of methodologies in experimental fashion, performance design and communication, the work of the artists presented reveals the hybrid nature of these two disciplines.

Fabulae Romanae, a performance filmed on location in Rome, portrays a symbolic excursus across the famous Italian city, through the eyes of ten ethereal ‘spirits’ who draw from archaeological and historical research, and observations on the city’s socio-cultural map. Clothed in unusual attire, the characters, contemporary sentinels, silently take over the urban fabric. 
We encounter the Traveller laden down by an accumulation of baggage under the Castel Sant'Angelo bridge and again, in the Trastevere back streets, the former Jewish quarter; the Observer overlooks the panorama of the Sacro Cuore dei Monti and the river banks of the Isola Tiberina; the Tunneler and the Myth Maker are to be found in the grounds of an ancient Roman villa in the Gregoriana Park along side the Flying Man, Chariot Rider, Memory Man, and Bale Maker. The overlapping fables of the performers’ meanderings are narrated in English and Italian, through the verses of a poem written by Mario Petrucci, commissioned by the artists specifically for the film.

Fashion Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media is part of the cultural program for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

 Back in Le Havre - Post It

Back in Le Havre - Post It

21 February 2015 - 28 February 2015
Le Portique, Le Havre, Group Exhibition

On February 21, Le Portique will open for an inaugural group exhibition Post It, in the new building, which will now house Le Havre’s first contemporary art centre. Paying homage to the artists who have supported Le Portique over the years, the exhibition Post It reflects back over the six years of rich programming of this unique venue for contemporary art.

On this occasion, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s will show two objects from the emblematic series Life Line. Suspended from the artists’ hand-made life jackets, are a number of disparate objects: gloves, flags, flasks and floats, which evoke as much an explorer’s baggage, as a very practical survival kit. These objects may refer symbolically to spirituals human needs, or to environmental issues such as water shortage. They are both survival elements, and tools to cure the loss of solidarity in social life.

Life Line evolves from the 2007 Antarctica expedition, a symbolic ephemeral installation aimed at defining a neutral territory for displaced citizens. Affected by this beautiful landscape, Life Line borrows elements from this continent. If the environmental question is significant in Lucy + Jorge Orta’s work, Life Line also shows the importance of sculpture and assemblage in their practice.



05 February 2015 - 07 May 2015
Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Solo Exhibition

After the resounding success of the exhibition Food Water Life at the Parc de la Villette in Paris during summer 2014, the Richard E.Peeler Art Center at DePauw University inaugurates Lucy + Jorge Orta’s US touring exhibition Food Water Life on February 5th 2015. The exhibition presents three bodies of work that span close to two decades of collaborative work. Through sculptures, drawings, installations, and video the artists explore major concerns that define the twenty-first century: biodiversity, environmental sustainability, climate change, and social economy.

As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by the German artist and activist Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are relics of their own function—captivating assemblages such as the Processing Units and the Purification Factory are, respectively, a platform for the preparation of food and a mechanism to purify water. Other sculpture created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica, form part of a global effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The featured works are metaphors-in-action, imaginative constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic.

Food Water Life was initiated by the Tufts University Art Gallery in September 2012, and is curated by curatorsquared.
The final leg of the tour will conclude at London Museum in Ontario, Canada from August 29 – December 6, 2015.



20 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London, Group exhibition
United Kingdom

Following the exhibition Lens on life which took place in July 2014 at Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Cells Diptych is displayed at Lethaby Gallery Central Saint Martins in London from January 20 to February 27, 2015. Marina Wallace, Professor at the University of the Arts London and curator of this exhibition, initiated a series of conversations between artists and scientists. Lens On Life is a project strongly rooted within the field of art and science. Each collaboration intends to portray through contemporary art, a unique interpretation of mitosis, one of the fundamental mechanisms of human life.

Since 2013 Lucy + Jorge Orta have been in discussion with Professor Tony Hyman, eminent mitosis scientist at the Max Plank institute of research in Dresden. Cells Diptych is the result of their encounter with the genetic transformation of the immensely complex structures within human cells. Through dreamy watercolour drawings and colourful, intricate Murano glass sculptures, the artists poetically explore cellular communication, transformation and division.

An important part of the exhibition is the documentary video Meetings of Minds, recording the fascinating process of the collaboration between the artists and scientists.

The exhibition will conclude its European tour at Heidelberg University Museum, from 16th March to 28th April 2015.

ESPACE VECU | Exhibition in Provence

ESPACE VECU | Exhibition in Provence

28 November 2014 - 17 January 2015
bild - bureau d’implantation des lignes Digne, Digne-Les-Bains , Group Exhibition

The idbl school of fine arts in the Provence town Digne-les-Bains, in collaboration with the FRAC PACA have invited Lucy + Jorge Orta to participate in the group exhibition, Espace vécu at bild centre for contemporary art from November 28 to January 17, 2015.  

This exhibition plays tribute to the local artist and teacher Alain Raymond, whose life’s work was dedicated to the exploration of volume, and its intimate connection to spaces within the social and public sphere.

On this occasion, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibit a set of five works that have arisen from the artists’ personal experience in a number of extreme environments, and more specifically, how environmental, social or political contexts shape the artists’ formal approach to sculpture.
Objects derived from the famous Antarctica expedition, dialogue with works from the OrtaWater, and these are framed by their historic Contextual Stamps, from the artists' archive, under the heading Rosario 1972-1984.

These sculptures, presented along side the French artist Daniel Purroy, question life’s vital preoccupations, through a sensitive combination of aesthetics, with social, political, and environmental issues. 



20 November 2014 - 06 March 2014
Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Jouy-en-Josas, Group exhibition

Curated by the French art critic Paul Ardenne, the group exhibition Économie Humaine, at the new contemporary art centre of the HEC School of Economics in Jouy-en-Josas, proposes to take stock of the relationships visual artists maintain with economic and social systems, in the era of globalization.
From November 20 to March 6, 2015, you will have a rare opportunity to view an installation from Lucy + Jorge’s historic body of work The Gift - Life Nexus [Opera.tion Life Nexus], a project the artists worked on with more than forty communities across the world, throughout 1996 to 2004.

Opera.tion Life Nexus proposed a number of poetic responses to issues surrounding organ donation, in particular the communication intricacies of the medical system that matches donor with recipient.

From the outset of the ten-year project, the artists chose the heart as the overarching symbol of the project –an emblem of generosity and empathy. Their process of community engagement across cultures and continents, led to the creation of public events incorporating thousands of different hearts in ceramic, glass, textiles, resin and cast metal; as well as drawings, poems and texts. The resulting outcomes were often encased within vitrines or wooden crates, inserted with laminated photographs, sound, video and organ donors records. The crates serve as transport vessels, and methods for communicating between communities, cities and countries.

By turning a complex societal issue into a metaphor for life, and with the collaboration of the organisations that govern organ transplant, the artists and their co-creators were able to break down barriers and successfully touch a much broader audience, to gradually affect a process of change – Catalyst Art.



07 November 2014 - 20 December 2014
2014 Valérie Bach Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Solo Exhibition

Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to announce their first solo exhibition at Valérie Bach Gallery in Brussels, from November 6 to December 20, 2014.

Following on from their major summer exhibition FOOD / WATER / LIFE, at the Parc de la Villette in Paris (May 21 to September 21, 2014), the Valérie Bach Gallery will present a collection of artworks spanning the two artists respective careers from 1980 to 2014. The works on show draw from the themes of ecology and social sustainability, and include coloured glass and cast aluminium vitrines and wall works from the series FoodEpicerie and Milk–, assemblage resin sculptures from the series Clouds, as well as two polychrome bronze sculptures from their new body of work Spirits.
Works from the artists archive Rosario 1972–1984, not previously exhibited will also be part of this important solo exhibition in Brussels.

Through the multiple facets of their practice, Lucy + Jorge Orta continue to question the role of the artist, seeking ways for art to play and active role in society, and more precisely, “catalyst art” that is able to blend with daily life and activate from within, to idealize each living gesture. For the Ortas, artists are not observers of the world, they are actively engaged with it, they are “operators of awareness”.

Private view on November 6, from 6 to 9pm, in the presence of the artists



31 October 2014 - 12 December 2014
Goethe Institute Barcelona, Group exhibition

A new step for the Antarctica body of work! Lucy + Jorge Orta have been commissioned to adorn the facade of the famous Goethe Institute in Barcelona, in the colors of their Antarctica Flag, for the group exhibition Goethe Dialogues. From October 30-December 12, 2014, seven immense flags, each eight metres high and two metres wide will be hoist on the front of this non-profit organization, that promotes German language and culture abroad.

The flag was created by the artists in 2007, as a result of a remarkable expedition to Antarctica supported by the End of the World Biennial in Ushuaia. Accompanied by their team and scientists stationed at the Marambio Antarctic Base, Lucy + Jorge Orta founded their ephemeral Antarctic Village and raised the first Antarctic Flag. This ongoing project, with world-wide ramifications, is a tribute to the Antarctic Treaty, which now counts 50 signatory nations who share common pacific aims: to preserve Antarctica for scientific research, to protect the environment, and to encourage international cooperation.

The 'métisse' flag represents a kaleidoscope of different nations, on which all identities coexist, side by side, hand in hand. The edges blend, symbolising belonging to a larger common identity. The flag of a new world community, to be raised as a supranational emblem of human rights.



25 October 2014 - 06 December 2014
Ben Maltz Gallery – Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, Solo exhibition, lectures and public conversation

The Ben Maltz Gallery in Los Angeles presents Food Water Life Lucy + Jorge Orta's first major exhibition on the West Coast (August 16–December 6, 2014). The artists will be in the Los Angeles gallery to sign their book, which accompanies the exhibition, on Saturday October 25, 3-6pm.

The exhibition presents three bodies of work that span close to two decades of their collaborative work. Through sculptures, drawings, video and installations the artists explore major concerns that define the twenty-first century: biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change.

As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by the German artist and activist Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Orta’s works are relics of their own function—captivating assemblages such as the Mexican Kitchen, and the Fluvial Intervention Units are respectively, a platform for the preparation of food and mechanisms to purify water. Other sculptures, including the diptych video projection Antarctica were created for a 2007 expedition to the Antarctic that forms part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The featured works are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic.

This exhibition, curated by curatorsquared and organized by Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, tours to the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, USA (February 5–May 7, 2015) and the London Museum, Ontario, Canada (August 29–December 6, 2015)

Key dates to meet the artists and the curators.

Tuesday October 21, 11:15am Public lecture Otis College of Art & Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, LA 90045
Thursday October 23, 10am Public lecture Otis Graduate Studios, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90230. Map

In conversation with curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, followed by a book signing and reception
Saturday October 25, 3-6pm Ben Malz Gallery, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90230. Map



11 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Group exhibition

What will Fashion look like in the Future? Taking a critical view of the current fashion system and showing more than fifty innovative artworks at the cutting edge of art and fashion, the exhibition The Future of Fashion is Now proposes a unique vision of the future.

For this visionary exhibition held at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam from October 11 until January 11 2015, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibit two flagship artworks that question codes of dress, and provide original interpretations of the cultural and sociological role of clothing.

As an emblem of Orta’s practice Nexus Type Opera.tion – from the Nexus Architecture body of work – emphasizes the notions of the social link or community bond. The work consists of groups of workers-overalls, inter-connected via a system of channels and zippers. The connecting elements of the installation are direct embodiments of the idea of social link a social sculpture, exhibited both within the museum setting or performed within the public sphere.

The short film Wandering, realized during a three-year long study of Roma gypsy communities across Europe, focuses on a dancer’s immense circular skirt that is aroused by the movements of traditional eastern-European gypsy melodies. Through the dynamic and poetical rhythms that blur the bellowing patterned motifs of the silk, Wandering evokes a shared aesthetic without barriers of time and space, deeply rooted in Roma communities.

Opening on October 11 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Nuit Blanche | Symphony for Absent Wildlife

Nuit Blanche | Symphony for Absent Wildlife

20 September 2014
Olympic & Municipal Plaza, Calgary, Live audio performance

For Calgary Nuit Blanche 2014, Lucy + Jorge Orta have been invited to create a majestic outdoor installation and performance in the Olympic Plaza. The artists have imagined a living monument for the late-night Canadian public art festival. Under the title Symphony for Absent Wildlife [Spirits of Alberta] the artists have created a true ode to wildlife, taking the form of a visual and audio installation, and which culminates in a major film in 2015.

In Symphony for Absent Wildlife, the stretcher-bed - an occurring metaphoric object in Orta’s practice - marks a pathway to woodland clearing, composed of weathered tree trunks sourced from local forests, an essential zone for the maintenance of forestry biodiversity. The path is raised above the ground by the means of simple wooden trestles, the kind constructed for chopping wood. In the clearing, we encounter a masked orchestra of Spirits.
Each musician dons a mask, in the form of a creature, and an iconic tailcoat tailored from reclaimed felt blankets, which bears the inscriptions of past warriors and homeless wanderers. These foreboding masked figures represent the spirits of the once abundant wildlife across the Albertan plains: bison, moose, wapiti, wolves, grizzly bears, and eagles.

On the evening of September 20 2014, the music stands illuminate a graphic score, the conductor guides the masked-animal musicians, and the performance commences. An amplified symphony of avian chatter - birdsong - resonates across the city. Man or beast?  Just simple hand crafted bird whistles that replicate the remarkable sounds of nature.

Symphony for Absent Wildlife brings a fragment of the disappearing natural environment, its sounds and the diversity of its fauna, closer to the city.

Nuit Blanche live performances from 7pm to 1am Map 
The Banff Centre, February 2015



19 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Carreau du Temple, Paris, Monumental installation

For the inaugural street food festival in Paris Street Food Temple, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s new sculpture occupies the magnificently restored Carreau du Temple, a former covered market, in the heart of Paris. The monumental installation Urban Altar, is part of a weekend of street food festivities running from September 19 to 21, 2014.

Imagined as an ‘altar’ to street food, the installation consists of mountains of wooden food crates that ascend skyward, and topped with a sculpture recalling the golden calf, biblical symbol of idolatry. Each crate is covered with mirrors and photographs of street markets from around the world, documented ​​by the artists during their many travels. Urban Altar is an acknowledgement to world food, its diversity and cultural origins.

Food is a central theme of Lucy + Jorge Orta practice. Since 1996, the artists have been interested in the issues of production and consumption, especially the low cost policies that lead to the over-industrialization of food, at the expense of biodiversity, especially local cultures and street markets. Through the prism of public dinners 70 x 7 The Meal, kitchen sculptures and installations, the artist’s artworks question the different ways to help improve the international organization of food systems, in the interest of the people and the planet.

The festive three-day food event Street Food Temple is also an opportunity to discover or rediscover the new sculptures by Lucy + Jorge Orta at the Food / Water / Life exhibition at Parc de la Villette - in the park and Pavilion Paul Delouvrier - which ends September 21, 2014.

Carreau du Temple - 4 rue Eugène Spuller 75003, Paris. 

Le Havre Ville Monde

Le Havre Ville Monde

12 September 2014 - 08 November 2014
Le Havre, Le Portique and Tetris centres for contemporary art, Public installation, two solo exhbitions

Le Havre Ville Monde proposes an excursion across the city of Le Havre through the prisim of major public installation, and two exhbitions by Lucy + Jorge Orta. The Antarctica Flag marks an eyecatching avenue to the contemporary art centres of Tetris and Portique. This visual and symbolic presentation has been commissioned by the Positive Economy Forum 2014, which brings together leaders in the field of social and positive economy.

A monumental one-hundred Antarctica Flags adorn the facade of the City Hall, the Ocean Docks, the peak of Oscar Niemeyer's famous ‘Volcano’ and culminate at the Antarctica World Passport Bureau installed at the entrance of Portique, where vistors are issued with their Antarctica World Passport.

Also at Portique is an exclusive showing of works under the heading Rosario 1973-1984. This body of work, from the archives of Studio Orta includes, Tactile Poems, a Gama Mural, and a performance Chainsaw Concert, created by Jorge Orta in Argentina, during the dictatorial period. A rare opportunity to see work on display for the first time.

At Tetris, on view are the Spirits of Huveaune, minature sculptures and photographies surrounding the creation of five sculptures now installed permanently along the Huveaune valley, Marseille. The exhibition serves as a long-term platform to initiate the project Les Enfants du Havre, to be developed through collaborative workshops with local residents. 

Finally, for the 300 delegates gathered at the Positive Economy Forum, Lucy + Jorge Orta give a new instance to their ongoing work 70 x 7 The Meal. A dinner conceived as an installation, includes a Royal Limoges dinner service created for the occasion in collaboration with one of the last porcelain manufacturers in Europe.

Contact press : Victoire Birembaux

Important dates

  • Le Portique: Private view 12 Sept., 6.30pm. Performance Concert de Tronçonneuses 7.00pm. Exhibition 12 Sept. to 08 Nov. 2014
  • Le Tétris: Private view 13 Sept., 6.30pm. Exhibition 13 Sept. to 04 Oct. 2014
  • Le Havre: Private view 23 Sept., 6.30pm at Pasino Le Havre-Partouche
  • LHFORUM / Positive Economy Forum 2014: From 23 to 26 Sept. 2014


10 July 2014 - 28 August 2014
Federica Schiavo Gallery and MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Group exhibition & Symposium

We are pleased to announce the exhibition of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s new glass sculptures Cells, at the Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome, created as a result of an ongoing dialogue with emminent mitosis scientist Tony Hyman.

Tony Hyman works on the molecular mechanism of conserved cytoskeletal processes in the Hyman Lab at the Max Plank Institute of Mollecular biology, he is also part of MitoSys (systems biology of mitosis), a FP7 European scientific research project. Hyman has been in dialogue with Lucy + Jorge Orta since 2013, discussing the transformations of the immensely complex structures of human cells. Reflecting on cellular communication growth, and working together with the glass masters at Berengo Studio in Murano, the artists represent the different stages of mitosis and meiosis. When the process of chromosome division goes wrong, it reeks havoc and leads to incredible, wild and complex three-dimensional structures.

Lucy + Jorge Ortas’ Cells Diptych will be display in Lens on Life, a fascinating exhibition curated by Professor Marina Wallace, which maps a number of dialogues between artists and scientists who portray, each in their own unique way, the fundamental mechanisms of human life – mitosis. The exhibition in Rome is the first of a series of three. Lens On Life will travel to the Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins in London (29 January to 29 February 2015), and Heidelberg University Museum (16 March to 28 April 2015).

An important part of the exhibition is the documentary Meetings of Minds, witnessing the various stages of the collaboration between the artists and scientists.

A symposium will be held at the MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo on the 10 July, followed by the screening of Meetings of Minds.

Book Release: Food / Water / Life

Book Release: Food / Water / Life

01 June 2014 - 21 September 2015
Parc de la Villette, Paul Delouvrier contemporary art pavilion and park grounds , Book release and exhibition

Hot off the press! Actes Sud has published Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food / Water / Life, a new monograph exploring some of the most salient themes in the artists’ work. The publication features contributions from several of France’s foremost thinkers on art and the environment: Catherine Larrère, Paul Ardenne, and Christophe Rioux. It also includes an in-depth interview with the artists and images of their recent work, commissioned for the exhibition at Parc de la Villette.

Food / Water / Life accompanies Lucy + Jorge Orta’s eponymous solo exhibition on view from May 21 – September 21, 2014. The show highlights seminal archival works and newly commissioned sculptures, poetic explorations that interrogate our daily habits of eating, drinking, and living. Visitors are invited to stroll the park’s expansive grounds to discover the artists’ diverse artworks, including a new series of Spirits inspired from children who frequent La Villette; an OrtaWater Purification Station purifying water from the Canal de l'Ourcq; and an Antarctica World Passport Bureau, where passers-by can receive a new edition of the Antarctica World Passport and become members of the growing Antarctica World Community. 

Food / Water / Life is available online and in bookstores around the world.

Battleships at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art

Battleships at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art

29 May 2014
Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Performance

On May 29, 2014 Lucy + Jorge Orta inaugurated the symposium “Collective Subjectivity and Its Aesthetics in Light of Cultural Differences,” organized by the Collective Eye Symposium, at the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing. The artists selected the three-day event to premier Battleships, a new performance exploring the potential of collective action to create a more just society.

Through the structure of “play” the performance looks at today’s fierce competition for control of the planet’s resources to ask vital questions about the earth’s future. What space is left for cooperation, solidarity, and the common good of humanity? Can reflection and collective action compensate for or balance individualistic ambitions? How does one define true victory, and who are the real losers in a globalized world?

The open-ended performance takes the form of the renowned board game Battleship to address strategic challenges of today's world. Several teams participate simultaneously and their objectives are represented by, among other things, natural resources, an aircraft carrier, nuclear power plants, mines, agricultural land, fisheries, technology, finance, and works of art. This first iteration of Battleships initiated the symposium’s agenda to set in motion a theoretical discourse on collectivity and its possibilities.

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