LENS ON LIFE

LENS ON LIFE

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

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).

View the documentary Meetings of Minds
Hear the symposium MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo

Parution du livre : Food / Water / Life

Parution du livre : Food / Water / Life

01 juin 2014 - 21 septembre 2015
Pavillon Paul-Delouvrier et dans les espaces du Parc de la Villette , Lancement du livre et exposition
France

Du nouveau dans l’édition ! Actes-Sud publie Food / Water / Life de Lucy + Jorge Orta. Une nouvelle monographie sur les thèmes les plus marquants de la création des artistes. L’ouvrage présente les contributions sur l’art et l’environnement de remarquables intellectuels français : Catherine Larrère, Paul Ardenne et Christophe Rioux. Il comprend également une longue interview des artistes ainsi que des images de leurs œuvres récentes, créées pour l’exposition au Parc de la Villette.

Le livre Food / Water / Life accompagne l’éponyme exposition monographique de Lucy + Jorge Orta, ouverte du 21 mai au 21 septembre 2014. On peut y admirer des œuvres majeures déjà réalisées, de nouvelles sculptures commandées pour l’occasion, tout un ensemble qui convie à des explorations poétiques interrogeant nos manières quotidiennes de manger, boire et vivre. Les publics sont aussi invités à découvrir d’autres œuvres des artistes sur les grands espaces du parc, dont une nouvelle série de sculptures Esprits inspirée par les enfants qui fréquentent La Villette ; une Unité de purification OrtaWater traitant l’eau du Canal de l'Ourcq ; et un Bureau du Passeport Universel Antarctique, où visiteurs et promeneurs peuvent acquérir la nouvelle édition du Passeport Universel Antarctique et devenir ainsi membres de la Communauté Mondiale Antarctique, en expansion permanente.

Food / Water / Life est disponible en ligne et dans toutes les librairies

Battleships at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art

Battleships at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art

29 mai 2014
Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Performance
China

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.

Exposition monographique au Parc de la Villette, Paris

Exposition monographique au Parc de la Villette, Paris

21 mai 2014 - 21 septembre 2014
Pavillon Paul-Delouvrier et en extérieur sur le Parc de la Villette , Exposition monographique
France

Le Parc de la Villette à Paris inaugure l’exposition monographique de Lucy + Jorge Orta FOOD WATER LIFE, une présentation d’œuvres majeures de leurs archives et de nouvelles sculptures conçues pour trois grandes installations dans le Pavillon d’art contemporain Paul-Delouvrier et sur le parc.

Cette exposition témoigne de l’attention que portent Lucy + Jorge Orta aux problèmes contemporains avec des créations révélant une poétique du quotidien où des objets familiers interrogent nos manières de manger, de boire de l'eau et de vivre.
Les visiteurs seront notamment conviés à découvrir dans le parc des œuvres des artistes dont une nouvelle série de Génies inspirée des enfants qui fréquentent le parc ; une OrtaWater unité de purification dans le pavillon d’exposition, vers laquelle l’eau pompée dans le Canal de l'Ourcq sera acheminée pour y être purifiée ; et un Bureau de distribution de passeports Antarctique, où les publics pourront s’inscrire pour acquérir la nouvelle édition du Antarctica World Passport et devenir ainsi membres de la Communauté antarctique mondiale, en expansion permanente.

L’exposition FOOD WATER LIFE est une proposition artistique pour imaginer et partager un vivre ensemble équitable.

Vernissage le 20 mai à 18h30 
En présence des artistes
RSVP: vernissage@villette.com

Pavillon Paul Delouvrier en face de la Grande Halle de la Villette.
Métro/bus/tram: Porte de Pantin Accès

 

Food Water Life | Johnson Museum of Art

Food Water Life | Johnson Museum of Art

25 janvier 2014 - 08 juin 2014
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Solo exhibition
USA

On January 25, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University inaugurates the next chapter of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s exhibition Food Water Life. The show presents three projects that span close to two decades of collaborative work. Through sculpture, drawing, installation, and video the artists explore 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 Orta’s 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 elements, created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica, form 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, which is curated by curatorsquared, originated at Tufts University Gallery and tours to the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (August 16 – December 7 2014) and the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle (February 5 – May 7, 2015). 

Un cadeau parfait pour les fêtes: l’Antarctica World Passport disponible maintenant sur Amazon

Un cadeau parfait pour les fêtes: l’Antarctica World Passport disponible maintenant sur Amazon

20 décembre 2013
Studio Orta Amazon boutique, Publication
Mondial

Pour la première fois l’Antarctica World Passport de Lucy + Jorge Orta est disponible en ligne.

L’Antarctica World Passport est une œuvre d'art précieuse, de série limitée par Lucy + Jorge Orta pour mobiliser les citoyens du monde afin de protéger l'Antarctique. L’acquisiteur de ce document de voyage facsimilé accepte de tenir les promesses de la communauté mondiale de l'Antarctique en prenant des mesures contre le réchauffement climatique et pour la paix. Le projet étant à but non lucratif, les frais modiques sont attribués aux coûts d'administration.

La sortie du Antarctica World Passport en ligne coïncide avec le lancement de la nouvelle boutique de studio Orta sur Amazon. Vous trouverez ici la possibilité d'acheter des livres rares sur Lucy + Jorge Orta. Une idée de cadeau pour les fêtes !

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat comes to London

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat comes to London

01 décembre 2013 - 22 février 2014
Fashion Space Gallery London, Group exhibition
UK

In a unique collaboration between Berengo Studio, Venice Projects, London College of Fashion, and The Wallace Collection, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presents newly commissioned work from some of today’s most important contemporary artists, many working in glass for the first time. 

Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Amazonia Tree of Life, commissioned for the Venice venue of this traveling exhibition, are blossoms of handcrafted glass flowers, grafted onto branches from a Mediterranean olive tree, extending outward from the trunk. Amazonia Tree of Life follows the trajectory of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing Perpetual Amazonia project. During their 2009 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon the artists photographed hundreds of rainforest plant species, creating a personalized collection of florilegium they continue to add to during their travels across the world. These florae have since been transformed into large format photographs, drawings, handcrafted couture works, and porcelain objects. The latest interpretations in glass have been blown by the master craftsman Danilo Zanella at Berengo Studio.

As its title intimates, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat deals with light and heat, intrinsic aspects of glass and its working. Glass is born from the creative and destructive force of fire, which transforms the basic chemical elements into a viscous fluid. The result is a malleable matter with a chaotic, molecular structure providing light with a limitless variety of surfaces, colors, transparencies, and reflections.

The London exhibition is showing across the Fashion Space Gallery and The Wallace Collection.

Le Chemin des Fées | Aux Commandes ! Les Nouveaux Commanditaires ou comment faire société avec l'art

Le Chemin des Fées | Aux Commandes ! Les Nouveaux Commanditaires ou comment faire société avec l'art

30 novembre 2013 - 26 janvier 2014
Château de Tours, Exposition de groupe
France

Eternal Network propose, Aux Commandes !, une exposition sur les Nouveaux commanditaires. Depuis une vingtaine d'années, l'action Nouveaux commanditaires de la Fondation de France a permis la production de plus de 400 œuvres d'art à travers l'Europe. Les huit œuvres emblématiques choisies pour le Château de Tours montrent comment le développement du territoire devient l'affaire de citoyens qui s'engagent avec des artistes dans la définition de leurs espaces de vie ou de travail. L'exposition se révèle représentative de la diversité des enjeux politiques auxquels notre société répond mal ou peu, du profile composite des commanditaires et de la pertinence des propositions artistiques.

Lucy + Jorge Orta présentent une réplique à l’échelle réduite du Chemin des fées, un parcours de cinq sculptures figuratives et contemporaines – fées, qui s'étend sur 30 km de la vallée de l'Huveaune et à travers quatre municipalités. Les cinq fées inaugurées à l’occasion de Marseille Capitale Culturelle 2013, invitent les promeneurs à redécouvrir le riche patrimoine culturel et naturel de la vallée, depuis la source de l’Huveaune dans les hauteurs des montagnes de Provence, jusqu'à son embouchure à l’ancien port de Marsillia, dans la mer Méditerranée à Marseille.

Les cinq Le Chemin des fées : La fée de la source – MarieMartellières, Saint-Zacharie La fée du pont – Ubelka, Moulin Saint-Claude, Auriol La fée des berges – Manon, Îlot des Berges Park, Aubagne Le Chemin des fées, Parc du vieux Moulin  La fée du lac – Orphélie, Parc Borély

Le Chemin des fées est une commande de l'association Rives & Cultures. La médiation-production est assurée par le Bureau des Compétences et Désirs, Sylvie Amar et Anastassia Makridou-Bretonneau.

Antarctica World Passport Bureau | Self Unself

Antarctica World Passport Bureau | Self Unself

10 octobre 2013 - 17 novembre 2013
Van Abbemuseum, Eindoven, Group exhibition
The Netherlands

Self Unself at Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven is a group exhibition highlighting differences in how artists and designers work within the world. The show focuses on the practices of artists who, over the last thirty years, have actively engaged with real world conditions and explores the capacity of art to have effect in the world rather than to remain in the realms of representation. Self Unself reflects on an art practice that imagines, creates and implements socially beneficial outcomes that redefine the understanding of autonomy in terms of a critical and engaged relationship to society.

Former head of the Social Design master's research program, alias Man & Humanity Master, Lucy Orta returns to Eindhoven to present Antarctica World Passport Bureau, an installation that engages audiences to take action against global warming. Antarctica’s unique geopolitics and extreme weather offer conditions that advance the quest for freedom of research and international cooperation, a place where it’s possible to share common pacific aims for the good of the whole planet. Lucy + Jorge Orta invited the 15,000 museum visitors to join the online passport community dedicated to protect the Antarctic and, in so doing, to become citizens of the world. Get your passport now!

Self Unself was a collaboration between Design Academy Eindhoven and Van Abbemuseum. The exhibition was organized in conjunction with Dutch Design Week 2013. 

Photograph Peter Cox courtesy of Van Abbemuseum

Book launch: Potential Architecture

Book launch: Potential Architecture

09 octobre 2013 - 01 décembre 2013
TheGallery, University Arts Bournemouth, Book launch and exhibition
UK

On October 17 Arts University Bournemouth launches the new book Lucy + Jorge Orta: Potential Architecture. This monograph delves into Lucy + Jorge Orta’s recent architectural endeavors that derive from their fascination with cell biology and the process of cell differentiation. It traces the fruit of the artists’ research on new organic and modular architecture as a result of their collaboration with the Greenham partnership and other communities across Europe. Through drawings and sculpture, the artists conceptualize the communication process the human cell undertakes from its embryonic state and the infinite transformations that lead to defined structural organisms.

The release of this new publication coincides with the exhibition Lucy + Jorge Orta: Potential Architecture curated by Simon Beeson at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. The exhibition brings together sculptures, drawings, and models created by the artist since the inception of Totipotent Architecture in 2002. This series marked a shift away from the body and transient shelters to more permanent proposals for sculpture and interventions in urban space.

Simon Beeson in conversation with Lucy Orta: 5pm-6pm, followed by drinks reception: 6pm-7pm, TheGallery. Exhibition on view until December 1, 2013

What We Sow: 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV

What We Sow: 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV

05 octobre 2013
Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Public artwork
USA

To mark its 30th anniversary Mural Arts Philadelphia has invited Lucy + Jorge Orta to create the seminal project What We Sow, which expands on the social and civic foundation of the mural tradition by addressing the relationship among local communities, regional ecologies, global economies, and the politics of food production.

On October 5, 2013, to conclude an engaging schedule of community programs, Orta will stage 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV, gathering thousands of people around a meal for dinner. The table, set with a newly commissioned edition of Royal Limoges porcelain plates and a table runner adorned with original drawings by the artists, will span Independence National Historical Park. Among its many historical treasures this park is home to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution was debated and adopted in the late 18th century.

70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV will gather over a thousand guests around a communal table as well as simultaneous dinners across the city to engage diverse communities in conversation surrounding the issue of heirloom foods and their role in creating access to a healthier food system. The meal will feature a menu of heirloom produce created by Philadelphia’s star Chef Marc Vetri. Invitations to the 70 x 7 The Meal were awarded by lottery, offering equal chance for those from the Philadelphia community to not only take a seat at the table, but to find a voice in the discussion.

Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art

Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art

21 septembre 2013 - 20 novembre 2013
Zhejiang Art Museum, Installation & Commission
China

The first ever Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art features two pivotal works by Lucy + Jorge Orta: a new, specially commissioned iteration of Nexus Architecture and the very first exposition of Connector Mobile Village in its entirety. 

Nexus Architecture is regarded as an emblem of Orta’s practice. This body of work, which is both an installation and performative, is comprised of groups of workers-overalls, interconnected via a system of channels and zippers called the ‘Nexus’, meaning link or bond. A Nexus Architecture intervention, with the participation of fifty performers, was staged on site in Hangzhou and filmed for a forthcoming new video. For the duration of the Triennial, an installation of the specially commissioned Nexus overalls will be on display at the Zhejiang Art Museum.

For the very first time Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Connector Mobile Village will be on view in its entirety, filling the striking entrance of the Zhejiang Art Museum. This monumental installation is the culmination of many years of work creating a vast system of modular architectures that adapt according to the needs of an individual or group. Each unit can be interconnected to form manifold complex structures capable of serving larger numbers of people and performing different residential, educational and social functions. The nature of these structures allows each individual to exert the freedom of choice by connecting to or disconnecting from the sequence at will.

Lucy + Jorge Orta

Lucy + Jorge Orta

20 juillet 2013 - 03 novembre 2013
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Solo exhibition
UK

On July 20, 2013 a presentation of new and recent work by Lucy + Jorge Orta opens at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located in YSP’s Longside Gallery and on the park grounds, this important exhibition revolves around the theme of water, central to Orta’s practice. Alongside archival works the artists launch two major new commissions: Raft of the Medusa and Spirits of the Huveaune - Ubelka.

Raft of the Medusa, a centerpiece of the exhibition, is inspired by Théodore Géricault’s 1818-19 shipwreck painting Le Radeau de la Méduse. Constructed in the form of a radeau de fortune, this unusual patchwork assemblage of driftwood, lacquered glass, oil drums, giant oars and a ‘cloud’ roof resembles a large raft out of which juts an imposing ladder-cum-mast. The sculpture is laden with allusions to water’s contradictory power to save or destroy and to current international migration and the journeys many are forced to take in search of refuge.

Also unveiled is Ubelka, a larger than life female figure cast in bronze belonging to Orta’s ongoing Spirits series. Weaving a link between past and present, Spirits refers to the universal water cycle and its poetic representation through myth and legend surrounding the history of Marseille’s Huveaune river, along which five earlier works now permanently reside. Ubelka is the mother goddess of water, the maternal figure from whom the river takes its original name. Ubelka at YSP is generously enabled by Pangolin Editions.

Orta have designed two limited edition plates exclusively for YSP to coincide with the exhibition. Both designs draw from Orta’s series 70x7 The Meal bringing people together ad infinitum around the ritual of eating. Made in Royal Limoges porcelain with a four-color enamel process, including platinum silver accents, the plates feature the artists’ drawings and are signed and numbered on the reverse. Both are in an edition of 50 and available for the special exhibition price of £160, with presentation box. Please see here for further details.

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat

01 juin 2013 - 20 novembre 2013
55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Group exhibition
Italy

Glasstress. White Light / White Heat, curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam, invites artists to deal with light and heat, intrinsic aspects of glass and its working. Glass is born from the creative and destructive force of fire, which transforms the basic chemical elements into a viscous fluid. The result is a malleable matter with a chaotic, molecular structure providing light with a limitless variety of surfaces, colours, transparencies and reflections.

Specially commissioned for this exhibition, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Amazonia Tree of Life is a magnificent bronze tree trunk, felled and polished over the years by river currents. Delicate blossoms of handcrafted glass flowers grafted onto carefully selected olive branches from the Mediterranean extend outward from the trunk. 

Amazonia Tree of Life follows the trajectory of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing Perpetual Amazonia project. During their expedition to the Peruvian Amazon in 2009 the artists photographed hundreds of rainforest plant species, a personalised collection of florilegium they continue to add to during their travels across the world. These florae have since been transformed into large format photographs, drawings, handcrafted couture works and porcelain objects. The latest interpretations in glass have been blown by the master craftsmen Danilo Zanella at the Berengo Studio in Venice, a truly unique addition to this ambitious project.

Glasstress is a collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice.

Lucy Orta at TEDxWWF

Lucy Orta at TEDxWWF

21 mai 2013
www.ted.com/tedx/events/8061, Public lecture
Abu Dhabi

World Widelife Fund for Nature (WWF) and TED have joined forces in organizing One Planet Living, a week-long conference in Abu Dhabi. The event brought together world-leading environmental thinkers and doers to inspire live and global online audiences for a better future.

As one of the conference’s prestigious speakers, Lucy Orta has been invited to address the contributions made by Studio Orta in facing the challenges of living within the earth’s means, recognizing its natural capital and fulfilling the duty to leave a healthy, ‘living’ planet for future generations.

Click here to watch Lucy Orta's speech online. 

Internaturalism

Internaturalism

08 mai 2013 - 29 septembre 2013
Parco Arte Vivente, Turin, Group exhibition
Italy

Drawn from semiologist Gianfranco Marrone’s theory of “internaturality,” the exhibition Internaturalism at PAV Turin poses a forceful critique of the Western and humanistic concept of nature. Installations, documentation, videos and sound-experiences cast doubt upon the culturally-specific hierarchies inherent to definitions of natural and non-natural in ways that challenge distinctions between human and non-human. Artists explore existential relationships among various forms of living to find a new means to define the environment and better policies to govern it. Amazonia (2010) is double projection video that draws the viewer into the Peruvian Amazon through stunning imagery and audio recorded by Lucy + Jorge Orta during their expedition there in 2009. We are guided into the rain forest by the voice of Gaia and, as the clouds dissipate, an unusual conversation between a man and a woman prompts us to reflect on the fragile balance between man and his natural environment: My centre is everywhere. Everything. Huge and hung together. The journey closes with a reflection on how we can shape the future: Touch the nation any Human Tug. At any moment Our future will move. The film was commissioned by the contemporary program at the Natural History Museum London in 2010 for a solo exhibition of works by the artists. The poetry was composed for the film by eco-poet Mario Petrucci.

Artists’ Plans for Sustainability

Artists’ Plans for Sustainability

02 mai 2013 - 22 juin 2013
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Group exhibition
UK

In just a few decades, the world population will exceed 9 billion, 70% of which will live in cities. The exhibition Artists’ Plans for Sustainability at Mead Gallery, University of Warwick brings together plans for innovative and radical solutions to a more sustainable and resilient way of life. The exhibition will feature Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Hortirecycling Enterprise - Processing Unit (1999), an action highlighting local consumer waste and the inequalities of global food distribution. Over the span of a month and a half, Collect Units devised by the artists will be distributed to some of the 800 student kitchens on campus and used to gather discarded fruit and vegetables. The overripe produce will be turned into preserves by local chefs and made available for tasting at the Mead Gallery. This action brings university and community members together to illustrate the multiple possibilities of a recycling enterprise and to reconsider the point at which food becomes waste.

Cloud | Meteoros

Cloud | Meteoros

18 avril 2013 - 10 octobre 2013
Barlow Shed, St Pancras International London, Public sculpture commission
UK

Le ciel est l’agora de notre imagination. Le 18 avril 2013, Lucy + Jorge Orta dévoilent leur œuvre monumentale Nuage | Météoros dans la gare internationale de St Pancras, à Londres. Les artistes, associés à une nouvelle initiative intitulée Terrace Wires, ont été sélectionnés pour créer la toute première sculpture à être accrochée dans le Barlow Shed du terminal du Eurostar. L’œuvre constituera un signal de bienvenue pour près d’un million de voyageurs qui transitent chaque semaine par la gare. Suspendu au milieu de la voûte de verre de la gare, Nuage | Météoros, ressemble à un vaste cumulus peuplé de voyageurs, un “tapis magique” emmenant ses passagers pour un voyage imaginaire dans le ciel. L’œuvre porte également un message politique. Le nuage évoque l’eau de laquelle il est naturellement constitué et pose ainsi la question de la façon dont l’humanité partagera cette ressource vitale sur terre. En grec ancien le terme “meteoros” signifie “qui s’élève du ciel”, “suspendu”, “élevé”, ou encore “au milieu de”. Les nuages constituent depuis toujours des liens entre le réel et l’imaginaire, entre le paradis et la terre, la légèreté et la gravité. Ils peuplent les cieux des fresques de la Renaissance, où ils sont souvent représentés peuplés de profanes et de prophètes, d’anges et de divinités. Tout au long de l’histoire, cette voute céleste a été un espace de convivialité, d’apprentissage et d’échanges. Terrace Wires a vu le jour grâce au généreux soutien de HS1 LimitedNuage | Météoros est installé à Londres, aux côtés d’autres commandes publiques, telles le Fourth Plinth (Quatrième Socle), au Turbine Hall de la Tate Modern, ou le pavillon d’été à la Serpentine Gallery.

Le Chemin des fées | Trois nouvelles fées dévoilées

Le Chemin des fées | Trois nouvelles fées dévoilées

06 avril 2013
Marseille, la vallée de l’Huveaune, Public sculpture commission
France

Dans le cadre de l’action Nouveaux commanditaires initiée par la Fondation de France et de la programmation de Marseille-Provence 2013, Capitale européenne de la culture, Lucy + Jorge Orta présentent Le Chemin des fées – Spirits of the Huveaune, un parcours de sculptures qui s’étend sur 30 km à travers quatre municipalités et qui invite à redécouvrir le riche patrimoine culturel de la vallée de l’Huveaune.

Les cinq Fées de l'Huveaune, figures féminines en fonte d’aluminium, investissent les abords du fleuve, depuis sa source dans les hauteurs des montagnes de Provence, jusqu’à son embouchure dans la mer Méditerranée, à Marseille. Les artistes se sont inspirés de textes historiques, de récits et de légendes locales associés à l’Huveaune et à sa vallée pour créer un parcours où se mêlent le légendaire, le surnaturel et l’imaginaire.

Trois Fées seront inaugurées le 6 avril 2013: la fée de la source, Marie aux Martelières, à Saint-Zacharie; la fée du pont, Ubelka au Moulin Saint-Claude, à Auriol; et la fée des berges, Manon au Parc de l’Îlot des Berges, à Aubagne. Première sculpture dévoilée en octobre 2012, la fée du vieux Moulin, Gyptis veille au Parc du Vieux Moulin, à Marseille. La cinquième et dernière sculpture, la fée du lac, Ophélie, sera inaugurée au Parc Borély à Marseille le 1er juin 2013. 

Ces fées investissent les lieux comme des genii loci et tissent un lien entre le passé et le présent. En se référant également au cycle universel de l’eau, Le Chemin des fées vise à sensibiliser le public aux questions environnementales liées au devenir du fleuve, posant ainsi la question de la gestion de l’eau dans l’avenir, ici comme ailleurs. 

Le Chemin des fées est une commande de l’association Rives & Cultures.

Food Water Life

Food Water Life

22 janvier 2013 - 03 mars 2013
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Solo exhibition
USA

On January 22, 2013 the Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University opens its doors to Lucy + Jorge Orta’s seminal exhibition Food Water Life. The exhibition, which originated at Tufts University Gallery and which will tour the United States, explores how the artists' unique visual language tackles global issues affecting our lives. Three projects spanning close to two decades of collaborative work will be presented: Hortirecyling (1997-2005), OrtaWater (2005-2007) and Antarctica (1990-2009).

Lucy + Jorge Orta’s artwork communicates widely to audiences beyond the field of contemporary art, demonstrating the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change. During the next three years, the artists will stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies and master classes that explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development and recycling.

This exhibition will travel to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (January 25–May 25, 2014) and Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle (February 5–May 7, 2015) with other venues to be announced.

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