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Toulouse: ICAREX-1 at the Chapelle des Carmelites

The Mairie de Toulouse and the Centre d’Art Nomade are currently presenting a monumental installation ICAREX-1 by an elusive anonymous artist at the Chapelle des Carmelites until 25 February 2018.

We were lucky to get immersed in the creative process of this secretive artist and followed through the six months building of the installation.

The challenge is to face mystery. In an era where everything is shown, detailed, revealed, the artist protects his anonymity and disappears behind his artistic creations. Always on the move and in search of absolute freedom, the artist remains voluntarily invisible and frees himself from society by changing his identity according to his artistic interventions, but leaves a sign < + + .

Prolific and multidisciplinary, the artist has invaded territories for more than 25 years through different forms and has been playing on several dimensions: the visible and the invisible, the exploration of the light and the darkness, the urban environment, the unauthorised and the institutional, the real and the virtual.

A real master of camouflage, the artist has been secretly pursuing his invasions following a precise satellite cartography: urban territories, institutions, road and motorway network, wind farms, Landart installations on land and water … These ‘Attacks’ are never the result of chance, but instead carefully chosen in a specific timed location, whether in Toulouse (known as the City of Space), Paris, Lichtenstein, Spain, Italy, Kabul , Jerusalem or virtual galaxies.

His totems of light, peaceful entities with stylized geometric forms, mythical beings of another dimension push the public to wonder, get curious, but also to start a treasure hunt to meet them. The public must look for clues, interact with others to find more information, decipher these riddles or simply open the door of the imagination and appreciate the present moment.

A politically engaged artist, his artistic creations also deal with war conflicts, as well as human migration and refugees, such as the collective exhibitions ‘Creve Hivernale’ he curated in Toulouse (covered here) on the emergency situation of refugees coming to Europe.

The historical monument of la Chapelle des Carmelites became an obvious location choice  for the installation because of its intimist dimension.

With ICAREX-1 ,the artist intervenes in echo with the environment: a monumental gilded metal arch mirrors the shape of the golden curved frame of the Annunciation painting, while the vertical golden gates remind of the golden columns of the Chapel.

A mirrored totem floating at nine meters high drops his skin  leaving ashes on the floor.

ICAREX-1 is a reference to pride, the strength and weakness of the human being, the insatiable need to go elsewhere, see otherwise, to go beyond ones current capabilities, to adapt to territories. Through the play of mirrors, the human being is confronted to himself.

The artist thereby continues his work on duality: life / death, the visible / the invisible, light / darkness, the heavenly side / the earthly side.

The chrysalis of latex evokes the process of inner metamorphosis necessary to surpass oneself. It is the death of the ego for a rebirth. The human being tends to go forward to the light, but often makes the mistake of clinging to what he already knows. Yet we must face our fears and go beyond the unknown to find the freedom to create our own life.

The presence of a special warning light that illuminates the installation evokes the urgency of life, the rhythm of life, such as the one from the firefighters on alert to save lives.

The mirrored totem seems to float in the air at nine meters high within open golden gates, like a passage to another universe.

The ICAREX-1 installation specially designed for the Chapelle des Carmelites subtly blends technical prowess and visual poetry. A pure moment of magic and wonder that the artist keeps secret.

Special Thanks to Francoise, Elodie, Sandra, Gat’s, Vince, Hugo, Michel, Manuel, Anne and the Chapell team,  the climbing men and all the support team that made this happen.

until 25 February 2018
Chapelle des Carmelites
1 rue Perigord
31000 Toulouse


Bordeaux (FR): Future Iz Past <++


Curated by  Ziggy Hulot from the ZH Agency, Julien Cottret and l’Envers ,  Generations Boum Boum is celebrating until 4th June the underground techno culture with a wealth of events in Bordeaux (FR) from concerts , documentaries, workshops and exhibitions. From electronic music including electro, breakbeat, trance, techno to visual installations, the Generations Boum Boum retraces the artistic movement across generations since the 90s.

At Laboratoire BX, leading multidisciplinary artist from the underground techno scene <++ (covered) is presenting a multi sensorial exhibition called ‘FUTURE IZ PAST’, featuring an installation with kinetic machines and black and white rotoreliefs as well as original visual display sets .

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Originating from Marcel Duchamps, the name ‘rotoreliefs’ refers to optical illusions which appear as three-dimensional forms when displayed on a rotating surface such as a phonograph turntable. Once in motion they display a pulsating “relief” that oscillates between positive and negative space. Playing with black and white, light and dark, the visual intensity and emotion is increased by the flashing lights of the stroboscope and the viewer is no longer in control, but immersed by the experience.


A series of flyers with original visuals by <++ from the various free parties from the 90’s to date are scattered across the floor, reminiscent of a joyous and festive era. Videos taken during these techno parties enable the viewers to discover or revive the atmosphere of that period while performance artist 1KA also played live during the opening.

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View the full set of pics here and the full programmation
of Generation Boum Boum.

Until 21 May 2016
Laboratoire BX
4 bis Rue Buhan
33000 Bordeaux (FR)

Toulouse : Creve Hivernale Exhibition @ Frigo

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Initially planned for 4-5-6 December, an exhibition called ‘CREVE HIVERNALE / COPS31 / MARKER V’ in Toulouse has been extended to 11-12 -13 December with a grand finale on 30 December in support of La Cimade (not for profit organisation helping refugees and homeless people).

Located in the ‘Frigo’, 378, route de Launaguet, the show explores notions of homelessness and the Syrian migrant crisis that has been affecting Europe. The exhibition features a series of live performances, murals, photos, testimonies, dialogue between habitants, in-habitants, the visible and in-visible, installations and interventions.

Participating artists include anonymous artivist < + + , Fred Calmets,A4Putevie, photographer Balint Pörneczi, screenprints and Tshirts by Cleangraphics and more…

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To dissolve the incessant influx of refugees in the Calais’ Jungle, French government has been dispatching migrants via private jets to various CRA (retention centers) in France, Toulouse being the largest one (see here).

#CREVE HIVERNALE plays on the term ‘Treve hivernale’ which indicates the temporary period during which housing expulsion notices are suspended in the cold months of winter. ‘Creve’ also means ‘to have a cold’ and /or ‘die’.

Photographer Balint Pörneczi, winner of the Zoom 2015 prize at the Salon de la Photo in Paris, has been accompanying and documenting migrants through their journey in Europe.

Upon entering this massive industrial freezing warehouse nicknamed ‘Le Frigo’, we are faced with a series of photos in the outskirts of Toulouse and La Rocade depicting the precarious living conditions of the Syrian migrants. This aims to create a dialogue and wake up call with locals as they recognise the areas and drive past oblivious on a daily basis.

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In the main space large black and white portraits pay tribute to migrant families and their difficult journey through the Hungarian borders to get to a safer place.

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Toulousan artist A4Putevie created an immersive experience with a large scale mural with rainbow coloured fighter jets and temporary shelters. Sleeping or frightened figures are appearing ghostly, cut out in mattresses,while being overlooked by an observation tower.  Nearby stands a children treehouse, symbol of safe heaven, looking very fragile and on the brick of collapsing. Inscriptions on the wall reveals messages about surveillance, losing freedom rights, and an increased fear and manipulation of the mind.

#‎MATELAS / Mattress Piece of furniture used by people to lie down, element of comfort, often linked to a bed. Comes from the arab word ‘matrah’ .

#‎CABANE / HUT, seasonal housing construction serving as temporary shelter.

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Anonymous artist and long time activist <++ pays tribute to the less fortunate with his infamous series of hanging visible /invisible totem figures, from camouflage to  reflecting versions. Like a scene after a war explosion, layers of feathers (symbol of peace), broken mirrors (distorted reality), dirt, and faded tulips are juxtaposed on mattresses, surrounded by candles.

The use of #‎TULIPE represents capitalism speculation and over consumerism, in reference to the Tulip mania 

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In parallel to the installations, <++ did a couple a live painting performances and created a cabane for people to discuss, share experiences and enjoy some tea.
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A mural by Fred Calmet & Kegrea shows an upside down bird surrounded by men with protective clothes and masks.
Further down an installation using found objects recreate a raft, depicting the fragility of the current situation.

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View the full set of pics here

From 15:00 to 00:00
Le Frigo, 378, route de Launaguet – 31140 Launaguet,
next to Toulouse