Mobility in the peri-urban areas, seen through the eyes of 8 contemporary artists that complements the multidisciplinary debate proposed by the second International symposium organised by the Mobile Lives Forum.
Maria Thereza Alves, Iván Argote, Pauline Bastard, Justin Bennett, Nicolas Boone, Ariane Michel, Solmaz Shahbazi, Atelier Van Lieshout
Curator Irene Aristizabal
The exhibition, The Exurban's Vertigo and Myths presents works by eight contemporary artists, and complements the multidisciplinary debate proposed by the second International symposium organised by the Mobile Lives Forum.
The Exurban's Vertigo and Myths investigates the desires, dreams and mythologies related to the idea of exurban, those areas with a blurred identity, in which urban living blends with the rural. The exhibition also approaches these growing areas through their reality, by considering their uses, how they are occupied, and what they offer in terms of travel, home, and lifestyle.
With works that explore the present context of the exurban within different social fabrics, as well as the contrast between the marketed discourse and the reality of these pseudo-rural contexts, or the possibilities presented by utopian designs, The Exurban's Vertigo and Myths reveals the complexities at play in the growing exurban.
The Mobile Lives Forum’s research program is in keeping with the perspective of the “mobility turn.” Its aim is to study mobility in relation to lifestyles and territories.
Gradually over the course of its development, the mobility offer has become more democratized. Overwhelmingly popular, speed potentials today are used intensively by the entire population. Thus since the Second World War we tend to move faster and further, and to spend more time doing so on a daily basis. At the same time, new information and communication technologies have profoundly changed our relationship to space and to others by allowing us to be together even when we are apart. Finally, the growing importance of individuality in the broader collective context likewise changes the rules and how we live together, especially in those public spaces that are spaces of transportation.
All of this marks the way in witch we experience the world and our identities which, once locally rooted, have become multiple and tend to distinguish them spatially by creating new inequalities.
The “mobility turn” touches all aspects of political, economic and social life. On the one hand it raises practical issues such as the chronic congestion of road, rail and airport infrastructures, a variety of environmental issues and problems of energy consumption. On the other hand it also results in problems of social and spatial cohesion, the likes of which have never been seen, of the cognitive management of information, and a rise in areas of friction and confrontation.
Intercultural tensions and the local and global struggles they result in have led to profound changes in issues and political forms. Much has been written in the way of possible solutions to these different problems, but most propose tackling the consequences of these problems rather than looking at their causes, and nonetheless remain controversial.
Addressing these questions in a relevant way requires new conceptual tools because, with the “mobility turn”, travel - its rationale, its how and the way it changes spaces - can no longer be understood simply through static notions that are disassociated from actors and their logics. Nowadays, the main challenge for research is to develop tools capable of defining and analyzing mobility and its social and spatial implications in view of developing means of action.
In this context, the Forum seeks to identify what - quantitatively and qualitatively speaking - can be considered good mobile lives for individuals and for society as a whole, and to propose a mobility transition. This means thinking about the changes must take place to influence lifestyles.
Image: Maria Thereza Alves. Courtesy Galerie Michel Rein Paris
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Private View: Thursday 24th January from 7.15 pm
The Maison Rouge
10, Boulevard de la Bastille, Paris 12e
(Metro station: Quai de la Rapee or Bastille / RER : Gare de Lyon)
Thursday 24th January: 10.00-12.00 / 2.00-11.00
Friday 25th January: 10.00-12.00 / 2.00-5.00