JULY/AUGUST Exhibition: BOUTURE – BENJAMIN BLAQUART
July 12 – August 9, 2018
Opening Reception: JULY 12, 7-9pm
Le Petit Versailles Garden NY NY
346 East Houston Street between Avenues B + C
subways: F – Second Avenue J/M/F – Delancey Street
RAIN OR SHINE
Bouture is an augmented reality installation made by Benjamin Blaquart especially for Le Petit Versailles.
Through this technology, the artist explores the porous nature of spaces (virtual and material), not as opposing spaces but as something that complements each other. Through a strange narration or organ, animals and plants merge with the space of the garden, a poetic hybrid and uncanniness is revealed.
Bouture needs to be downloaded on your Android smartphone (iPhone app version coming soon !).
Download the app “Bouture” on Google play.
Find and aim these targets with the app and enjoy!
“Instead of postapocalyptic angst or fantasies of boosted human capacities, which in his view abet purposes that are more conservative than truly evolutionist, Benjamin Blaquart’s approach to biotechnological hybrids is articulated in ecosystems that are steeped in poetry. Informed by queer theory and speculative fiction, and in particular the writings of Paul B. Preciado and Samuel R. Delany, his work draws both on digital engineering and production techniques and prosthetics materials, from 3D printing to silicone and resin. His objects thus blur the frontiers between sculpture, installation, and prototype, occupying space like autonomous organisms irrigated by fluids and linking together heterogeneous objects such as aquatic plants and micro-screens operated by Arduino.” – Frank Balland
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Le Petit Versailles events are made possible by Allied Productions, Inc., Gardeners & Friends of LPV, GreenThumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the Office of City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. LPV Exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.