Mirages did not invent its golden thread, that is, the theme of materials. The exhibition owes that to the philosopher Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, whose quotations, used like friends, helped construct the project. Since then, Mirages has developed a relationship with the philosopher that could be called “uncertainty.” The exhibition is a hypothesis or sample, an experimental idea, the “fiction” part of a “science” which hosts it. Does this fiction tell us something about reality? Hard to say, because, more than a play on “arts and sciences,” Mirages is a discourse on the lack of attention we pay to materials. We must admit that when we talk about materials and more particularly about “materiality”, we often fall into the bad habit of starting to describe them as abstract machines, academic processes, leaving aside the way they look at, approach and perhaps even love us.
Contributors to Mirages
Florence Doléac, Bruno Peinado, Frédéric Pradeau , Didier Faustino, Vincent Kohler, Block architectes, Eric Jourdan, Stephane Sautour, Atelier van Lieshout, Pierre-Laurent Cassière, Nicolas Moulin and Pierre Charpin.