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Car(e)less City

The Asia Europe Foundation sent a couple of monthes ago an open call to their new project, a discussion on climate change between various asian and european artists, along the ASEM Summit meeting between 10-15 October 2008 in Beijing. Here's my entry, I'm crossing fingers to be selected and fly to China next month ! I think i'll never touch photoshop again for at least a month now...

Car(e)less City

Carbon based transportation systems, from the beginning of the industrial revolution, were and still remain the spine of our societies. Connecting everything and everyone, they brought dramatic changes in the way we conceive life and exchanges,  shaping the globalised world as we know it now. After several centuries of ignorance and carelessness, we’re now endangered by our own lifestyle, threatening the planet itself and its whole biosphere.

According to l'Agence française de sécurité sanitaire environnementale, atmospheric pollution, caused for about a third by cars’ carbon dioxide emissions, provokes the death of between 6500 to 9500 people each year in France.

Through this project, I questioned the shape of the City as we know it by heart. Would you ban motor vehicles the next day, how could we try to hide those hideous and now useless concrete scars and let a little bit of nature’s back inside ?

I imagined roads turned into delimited nature showcases. Planted with grass, cereals, or even filled with water, they emphasise the monstrosity of their grey surroundings and artifacts. Being visual nonsenses, they can help one realise to what extent we chased nature out of our cities, and how it always eventually takes its rights back.

This project was expressly designed for « CLIMATE CHANGE, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE? ». As a human being, i’ve always been particularly concerned by environmental issues. As an artist, i find it crucial to consider climate change in more ethical ways, rather than just economical concerns. As a visual artist, I know  that to some extent, « seeing is believing ». I hope this project could help one believe that change is still on our reach.

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