By : Agence Spatiale + Lorraine Côté
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Other categories in architecture / Temporary Installation : Gold Certification
For the past 7 years, Quebec City has hosted the walking theatre « Where you go when you sleepwalk » by the Carrefour international de theatre, a circuit that brings visitors to discover several performances by artists of various disciplines. Approximately 70,000 people converged on Parc des Moulins in 2022 to discover, among others, the painting Déracinements by creator Lorraine Côté and architect Étienne Bernier (Agence Spatiale).
Set up on the site of the Indo-Australian greenhouse that was recently destroyed, we find a large wire mesh structure housing groups of individuals from all eras, from coureurs des bois to climate refugees, who are constantly uprooted. Illuminated, the greenhouse-inspired structure is reminiscent of the zoo’s animals, who were also uprooted from their environments. Uprooted by a twist of fate, following a natural disaster, or by an irresistible need for change, groups of individuals attempt to regain some sort of stability by setting up camp and recreating their environments. Suddenly, a signal sounds. It’s time to leave and pack up again. As the actors get busy, the wire mesh arches take on a vaporous, ghostly quality thanks to the lighting. Sometimes warm, sometimes cold, the luminous tones accentuate the sense of urgency or serenity felt during the performance and allow the structure to evolve at the same pace.
Playing on the idea of memory and a metaphysical approach, the project is inspired by what has been built and what no longer exists, but which is finally brought back to life by the architecture of a barely perceptible, almost unreal structure that draws on the imagination. Through this celebration of heritage, this ghostly ephemeral installation expresses a certain permanence through collective memory. The work will be repeated in a future edition of « Where you go when you sleepwalk ».
This large-scale project is unusual in that it is entirely hand-made and the construction costs are low due to the use of modest materials. Designed to serve the work presented, the concept takes on its full meaning when illuminated and comes to life when inhabited. This colossal set immersed the artists and spectators in an almost spectral world.
The result of a multidisciplinary team that brings together artists, architects, lighting designers, stylists, directors and actors, the project invites architecture off the beaten track to decompartmentalize the profession and put itself at the service of culture, at the frontier between staging, art, architecture, and events. Our mission here is to invite people to take a fresh look at their environment and introduce art into their daily lives to question themselves… or just for fun!