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Mrzyk & Moriceau - Neptunea , Peri-urban Refuge # 10 - 2017

Study and production - Bordeaux Lac

As part of the Peri-Urban Refuges project, Mrzyk & Moriceau develop an architecture-sculpture that looks like a giant gastropod.

For the imagination, the shell connects two worlds: the opaque shell of the animal suggests a life beyond the gaze, the ambiguous relationship between a solid, protective, exposed shell and a soft, flexible, vulnerable, intimate mass. Inspired by the great family of Neptunea, the small interior imagined by the two artists draws up its diaphanous walls in a spiral impetus with soft curves, which by analogy evoke other shapes, from Italian ice to cyclonic clouds or arms. galaxies. In nature, there are no right angles.

This seashell house is also part of the wake of non-functionalist architectures, which advocate a fluid habitat, which recreates the link with the mother's womb, the protective shell, the nest. It recalls other architectures-sculptures of utopian builders such as Pierre Szekely, Jean-Louis Chanéac, Antti Lovag or Pascal & Claude Haüsermann. The latter, precursors of the shell house, designed the plans for Maison Unal, which directly inspired Annette Tison and Talus Taylor for the Barbapapa home. The seashell house owes a lot to these “bubble houses” with organic shapes, what is sometimes called Blob architecture.

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Balanced on the edge of a body of water, the shell house seems straight out of its original biotope: however, by its supernatural scale, this apparition operates a shift specific to the universe of fairy tales or SF . A magical home, the work takes us to meet a world where standards waver - a phantasmic house where the flow of our blood undoubtedly beats very differently when we listen to it.

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The artists

At the end of the 90s, Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau met at the Beaux-Arts in Quimper. They quickly started their graphic games with four hands, becoming the inseparable duo we know today. Their drawings with flexible lines and black ink plunge the viewer into a teeming universe, where bodies are in perpetual mutation, where humor is tinged with surrealist accents. Against monochrome backgrounds often devoid of scenery, they release peaceful creatures of unusual, distorted or hybridized proportions: extraordinary plants intersect with animal-satyrs, fragmented anatomies play with the plasticity of their forms, subject to the principle of strangeness. They do not neglect any medium: wall drawings, animated films and clips, installations, jewelry, iPhone application… In 2012, the artists sign their first work in public space, Lunar Tree, a large bare tree that becomes phosphorescent after dark.

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Access: 55 Boulevard Jacque Chaban Delmas 33520 Bruges

Tram C les Aubiers then 10 minutes on foot or Liane 15 stop Center de voile
Site accessible only on foot or by bike.
The Refuge is basic and has no water, electricity or heating
Amenities: dry toilets 100 m away
Capacity: 6 people (1 collective bed)

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The peri-urban refuges project is an initiative of Bruit du frigo , carried out in collaboration with Zébra3. It is supported and financed by Bordeaux Métropole, with the participation of the host municipalities.

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