Free access, daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Le Parc des Ateliers, Arles
The programme we were preparing for the Parc des Ateliers, had to be postponed. Our new programme addresses the current moment and its restrictions, the immediate past, and looks to the future, with an open-mindedness and a belief that despite adversity, at a moment when no other event in recent history has affected us as profoundly and pervasively, we can approach the future with a new set of values, based on confidence and collaboration, openness and renewed belief in community.
It’s Urgent! is a project curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, which began in 2019 in Denmark. During the elections for the European Parliament in 2019, artists were invited to think about the present and the future with an exhibition of posters on billboards in the city of Copenhagen. The idea then was to make the artists’ works available to the public, inserting them into public life and the community.
At the invitation of Luma, It’s Urgent! continued to grow, and many more artists contributed with their work, which was then presented at Luma Westbau, between Summer 2019 and early 2020. Invited artists from across the world were asked to respond to the question of what is urgent in our time.
This resulted in themes of ecology, inequality, common future, solidarity, anti-racism, and social justice becoming frequently addressed, among other. As the project continues in Arles, we have invited new artists to participate and we will continue to invite more artists for the duration of the display over the summer. Their contribution will create an intimate portrait of the evolution of ideas and concerns, characteristic of the current moment.
Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go, 1987) is one of the most iconic works created by the artist duo. The thirty-minute film is a journey in which a series of everyday objects and machine parts roll, topple, burn, spill or otherwise propel themselves forwards to create an extended chain reaction of cause and effect.
Allegorizing contingency and entropy, the process conveys Fischli and Weiss’s mischievous humour and is characteristic of their creative experimentation and fascination with complex trompe l’oeil fictional constructions and illusion.
Der Lauf der Dinge is a fascinating metaphor for uncertainty and the absurdity of the everyday, imparts a strong sense of the artists’ pleasure in the process of art’s production, in the taking-apart and putting-together of things, the precision of poise as well as the release of collapse.
Alongside Der Lauf der Dinge, and for the first time in France, Luma presents a more recent video work by Peter Fischli, which is, in a way, the antithesis to Der Lauf der Dinge. Untitled (2018) is a two-minute video playfully alluding to summertime, vacation and joy.
Le Réfectoire was conceived this year by the designer Martino Gamper using various materials produced by Atelier Luma from local natural ressources.