SMITH, Astroblème, 2018
avec le soutien de la Résidence 1+2 - Toulouse
Courtesy Galerie les filles du calvaire
SMITH, Cellule Cosmiel, Diplomates
Exhibition from 26 October to 26 November 2019
[ Opening Saturday 26 October 2019 from 3 pm to 10 pm ]
Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist, SMITH explores the thought and practice of transition, mutation, hybridisation and in-between periods in his artistic and theoretical work. Transition of gender and state, plasticity, atomic and biotechnological metamorphoses, dream work, cosmic strolls and transmutations have punctuated his work and research for the past ten years. Conceived, thought and imagined through his group Cellule Cosmiel, and with Studio DIPLOMATES, his new project Desideration composes the possibility of another history, another fate for the human species, at the border of reality and fiction, art, philosophy and science. This long-term project’s prologue will be presented at Galerie les Filles du Calvaire in autumn 2019.
In 2015, SMITH encountered astrophysicist Jean-Philippe Uzan (Paris Institute of Astrophysics / CNRS). The neologism “Desideration” would arise from their conversations and observations about the world. Forged from the etymology of the word “desire,” this word describes the lack of a celestial object that has disappeared.
Joined by writer Lucien Raphmaj, they created Cellule Cosmiel, devoted to the study of the desideration phenomena, and then joined forces with DIPLOMATES (design, architecture, scenography) for the layout of the first phase of this reflection.