The work of Mark Geffriaud (born 1977) is based on installations, sculptures, films and performances that focus on multiple representations of time and the construction of memories. The appearance (circulation) and disappearance (memory lapse) of images and forms lay the foundations for a fragmented archaeology in which misconception as a cognitive principle plays an important role. Free association, formal proximity and false dramas allow an ingeniously offbeat perception of the world to be shared. The film installation around which Mark Geffriaud’s exhibition at Le Plateau was designed in 2016 examines our relationship with time.
The film installation produced at Le Plateau consists of footage of two different locations, namely, the construction site of what will be the world’s biggest telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile and, the shores of Lake Titicaca, between Bolivia and Peru, where large building stones were abandoned more than a thousand years ago. Different theories on the building for which they were intended rely on the past to construct various projections of a future that will forever remain fictitious.
The book deux mille quinze, conceived by Mark Geffriaud in partnership with Coline Sunier & Charles Mazé, in written form going against the grain of the project, provides another aspect to the exhibition staged at Le Plateau by using as a starting point various images made by the artist that, hanging on the walls and shelves of his studio, re-enact a narrative referring to the production process of such a work. Page after page, we look back through a history reflecting the origin of the creation of the 9project.
Publisher: Frac île-de-France
Artist: Mark Geffriaud
Text: Mark Geffriaud, based on recollections of discussions with Sylvain Chaty (astrophysicist), Julien Bismuth (artist) and Xavier Franceschi (director of the Frac Île-de-France), and interviews recorded with Julio Alejandro Ballivián Torrez (archaeologist) and Marc Sarazin (alias Mr. Seeing)
Proofreading: Jean-François Caro
Photography: Mark Geffriaud, in his studio in Paris and in Tiwanaku, Bolivia
Graphic design: Coline Sunier & Charles Mazé
Book – 104 pages.
235 x 320mm