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The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans 2017 "Marcher dans le rêve d’un autre"

The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans 2017
The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is a “biennial of collections” constructed as a confluence of memory: the memories of the works in the collection and those of the guest architects and artists. The idea is to question them regarding the ways in which they wander through our dreams and fears, in order to come back and tell us our story. The works produced by the fifty three guest architects and artists sometimes strike up conversations with history or grapple with the tensions of the present. The future is the dream dimension that we must share and that we must traverse.

The primary work of the Biennale is that of the Frac building—Les Turbulences—which we have turned upside down and heightened, so that it can be experienced differently. The Biennale programme is deployed throughout the city of Orléans but also throughout the region. “Reality”—town planning, streets, walls, noise, and odours—thus becomes part and parcel of the overall narrative. Tribute is paid to the Spanish experimental architecture scene, from the 1960s through to today’s young generation, on the street in Orléans, rue Jeanne-d’Arc. Twenty-two flags designed for the occasion are installed in the place where the city celebrates its popular festivals—the Loire Festival and the Joan of Arc Festival—through its tradition of decorative flagging. Through this act, the Biennale takes place not only in the public space, but also in it’s tradition, it’s customs.

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