15 Jul - 18 Sep 2015
12:15 - 6pm
76 rue de la Verrerie
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A futuristic model city made of memory cards at eye level, based on underground grids, from which arise the wheat growing under the effect of a sodium, light and a constant supply of water by visitors.
Green Memory opens the cycle of Cop21 exhibitions of Saint-Merry (July-December 2015).
Digital archaeologist Pascale Peyret dismantled hundreds of discarded computers, to extract the memory cards and turn them into futuristic cities.
That outlined a mock up of adult eyes to enter, based on underground grids, from which arise the wheat growing under the effect of a sodium, light and a constant contribution water. That is, technically, agriculture above ground. For the wheat to grow smoothly, it requires water to obtain a harvest in three weeks.
Passing visitors and tourists are invited to take care of the plant by watering it with water from the fountain placed nearby. The artist has partnered with the NGO "1001 fountains" that promotes access to clean water in developing countries. It brings together dozens of cylinders that form a luminous wall, a hybrid work resembling an altar of a new type with its tabernacle.
This work opens on questions asked at conferences on climate: the city artificialized can not forget the wild; it is urgent to invent new systems to continue to live and eat; the artist makes a poetic record in designing and calls for many others, technical and policy; there is no city in nature balance, if there is not a concrete social meaning to everything that contributes to life, shared water is central to everything.