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Collective Folie (book/ DVD)
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Tadashi Kawamata Collective Folie (livre / DVD)
Edited by Gilles Coudert.
Texts by Claude David-Basualdo and Emmanuelle Lequeux.
Film directed by Gilles Coudert.
published in January 2014
bilingual edition (English / French), English / French subtitles
15 x 21 cm
80 pages (color & b/w ill.), video DVD 30'
€18.00
ISBN: 979-1-0914900-3-0
EAN: 9791091490030
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The collaborative construction and deconstruction process of the tower designed by Tadashi Kawamata for the Parc de la Villette in Paris.
The Collective Folie work, the first tower designed by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata in Paris, dreamed up for the Parc de la Villette, has evolved throughout many workshops attended by high school and university students, volunteers and Kawamata. The tower dialogues with Bernard Tschumi's Folies and took shape as impromptu accumulations and arrangements emerged through working and brainstorming with Tadashi Kawamata. The load-bearing structure was gradually clothed with pieces of recycled wood.
This DVD-book contains the film by Gilles Coudert and an edition showing the construction and deconstruction process in Tadashi Kawamata's collaborative project. The film tells the story of this adventure through the words of the various participants and reactions from the workshop members who contributed to this “collective folly”. The texts by art critic Emmanuelle Lequeux analyze and discuss the stakes involved in such a proposal. Echoing this installation in Paris, the book also provides perspective on ten other tower projects Kawamata has built throughout the world.
Also available in a box set bringing together three books / DVDs devoted to Tadashi Kawamata's wood constructions.
Tadashi Kawamata (born 1953 in Japan, lives and works in Tokyo and Paris) has made in situ art throughout the world and was artistic director of the Yokohama Triennale in 2005. His work concerns itself with architectural space as an urban or designed social context or product. A careful study of the human relations that define it and the way of life which results from it allows him each time to determine progressively the nature of his project. His pieces, for the most part temporary, are generally made from timber sometimes from salvage material from the immediate vicinity. Tadashi Kawamata's pieces recreate connections between the past and the present, between outside and inside, between the actual and the potential: they reveal another identity to the spaces, highlighting the invisible but quite real aspect of their cultural and social dimension. The creation of a community with which he shares the research and physical work is the drive and basis for each of his projects, as we can see with the experience of Saint-Thélo.