A rerun and an extension of exhibition Terminal P which was held from 18 June to 28 August 2016 at La Panacée, Centre d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Montpellier, Aéroports / Villes-Mondes is also a transformation project for La Gaîté Lyrique in order to experience the place together, but differently. An observation laboratory for contemporary life, up to this point the airport has been a theme rarely evoked in artistic and cultural life. And yet, it is a tremendous source of inspiration where spaces, technologies, lifestyles and social practices echo with one another.
On a billboard with city names invented a signal that invites poetry, Airports / City World takes you on a transposed airport, offbeat, virtual. This immersive and critical course is resolutely interdisciplinary: it presents works by plastic artists but also designers, architects, musicians, roboticians, authors and digital artists who are invited to transform the Gaîté Lyrique into a terminal Airport.
What if the airport dictated the evolution of our society? Many technologies were devised for a terminal before landing in a museum, a station or even a department store. And if the airport, always in perpetual motion, was the most striking mirror of its time?
In the era of advanced globalization, the airport is a laboratory of contemporary life where the main themes that shape the life of our societies are echoed and fixed: mobility and surveillance, immigration and consumption, terrorism and widespread connection. Connected to each other by a system with uniform protocol, from Marseilles to Yellowknife, they are perhaps today the suburbs of "this invisible metropolis" interviewed by the sci-fi writer JG Ballard, the tarmac of the global village , The threshold of an artificial and virtualized environment.
With Aéroports / Ville-monde, Gaité Lyrique explores contemporary technological environments where spaces, technologies, lifestyles and imaginations resonate.
Jasmina Cibic, Matthias Gommel, Marnix de Nijs, Cécile Babiole, David Thomas Smith, Eli Commins, Masha Subina, Joseph Popper, Audrey Martin, An Te Liu, Kerwin Rolland, Gwenola Wagon et Stéphane Degoutin.