The DESERT is a source of rich symbolism and meaning for
humanity. For Champ Libre this theme which fascinates us
through the wealth of its imaginary breadth, is above all
a space for philosophical and artistic inspiration.
Desert - USA
Source : C. Martin
Fire, Regeneration, Urban
Fire and regeneration are the two main elements that contributed
to the choice of the incinerator as a location to artistically
treat the theme of the DESERT during the event presented
by Champ Libre in the fall of 2004. The incinerator is an
industrial and futurist allegory that carries a memory of
burned, incinerated matter reduced to cinders and dust.
Moreover, the artistic event, by creating links between
desert and city, seeks to explore a place that lends itself
to a concrete and anthropological definition of the urban
desert. This abandoned building can be likened to an image
of a desert both from its exterior, and its interior with
its large volumes of empty spaces. It is in connection with
its former incineration activity of destruction through
heat and fire that the idea of the desert unfolded. This
process and place that both evokes and generates urban,
architectural and social renewal aligns itself perfectly
with Champ Libre's artistic activity.
Desert - Deserts
Finally, for Champ Libre the desert is not only defined
by the archetypical image of sand and infinite expanse,
but also in a broader sense as a potential reading of the
visible and the invisible contained within the literal meaning
of the word DESERT: uninhabited place, water desert, sand
desert, snow desert, interior desert, lunar desert, desertification
of the world, virtual desert, desert of the senses.
Inspired by the metaphorical wealth of the juxtaposition
of these concepts in relation to the symbolism of the DESERT,
the current project is a poetic proposition that seeks to
spread a fluctuating artistic program where the chosen theme
serves as the sensible vector and prism through which contemporary
artists working in the field of art and new technologies
will express themselves.
around the des Carrières Incinerator- Montrea
Source : J. Berthier