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a tale of another future, lost in a Thai rice field.
about Siamese twins :
Muscle,” R&Sie…, 2003, the shelter that produced a movie
from Mars," Philippe Parreno, 2003, the movie that produced a shelter
After being invited by his friend and colleague Tiravanija in 2001 to build a common space in the Land in Chang Mai – Thailand, Philippe Parreno signed up François Roche and his studio R&Sie(n) to co-sign the scenario. They both developed a story titled “the Game”, about a Siamese twins production, ''Hybrid Muscle' as a shelter that produced a movie, and "Boys from Mars," as a movie that produced a shelter. The movie by Philippe Parreno and the building by R&Sie(n) are contingent and simultaneous, and they need to be considered as the two artfacts of the Game
In a sort of ‘’Game’’ between the artist and architect, the project was realised with the intention that it initially be used as the set for Parreno’s film Boy from Mars (2003-2005), and that the film would leave behind a permanent structure that could be used for social purposes and common life, contrary to almost all normal movie sets, which are typically destroyed.
Mai, Thailand, 2003
: “The Game”, François Roche
& Philippe Parreno
New-T / R&Sie(n)…
Christian Hubert de Lisle, ADS
team: François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro
dimensions: 130 m2
Client: The Land, Rirkirt Tiravanija,
Cost: 65,000 USD
of a work and exhibition space that would generate its own electricity and thus
be “unplugged” from the power grid. Private commission.
1) Construction of an animal “engine” driven by
the muscle power of a pachyderm. Storage of the mechanical energy through the
lifting of a two-tonne steel counterweight. Transformation of the mechanical
energy into electrical energy. To power ten light bulbs, laptop, cell phones.
2) Natural ventilation through the quivering of the
façade leafs made of sheets of elastomer that work in the same way as temporary
shelters made of teak leaves.
Postscript : An albino Buffalo replaced the