The exhibition is oriented around a trilogy of works titled “Destruction,” dealing with the end of the world. Following the unfolding of the exhibition itself the “End of the World Crisis” appears first and is an overture to destruction, composed of a series of economic, ecological and political crises. “At the End of the World”, the second movement, reveals the different forms and processes of destruction through four individual pieces in two exhibition rooms. Within the vast emptiness of Room 201, in a quiet yet oddly sinister atmosphere the third piece “Imagination of the End of the World” is displayed. This is an installation comprised of real objects—made on-site—and futuristic multimedia, which transforms the gallery into a hypothetical simulation of an archeological excavation site in a future where humanity is already extinct. This highly immersive, sensory exhibition experience is perhaps a little like an alternative chapter in an apocalyptic novel or film. The narrative is structured so that true/false, genuine/fictitious elements are mingled together, and so that spectators wandering through the exhibition will find it difficult to tell fact from fiction.
The Telofossils exhibition highlights the specific narrative mode, existentialist thought and crucial philosophical questions that characterize the contemporary technological age. From it, we can glimpse the various faces of “Destruction” that are visible in contemporary civilization. For instance, in this age of information and the internet, the weakening of mankind’s tangible existence and the deterioration of values is a social reality; the media obsessively focus on consumption, war, natural and human disasters and likewise manifestations of our civilization; moreover, the role and meaning of “memory” in the technological era is becoming ever more ambiguous. Standing before the exhibited “Telofossils” exhibition, viewers can contemplate the diverse perspectives of a “future
With/avec Dominique Sirois & Christophe Charles