Homo Novus 2015



Philippe Quesne (Paris)
5 - 13 September 15:00-20:00 A house on Briāna street 13 | Free entrance

‘Microcosm’ is a concert-situation for one instrument and six listeners so deeply absorbed in the process of playing music and listening as if would be doing it for years. It’s impossible to distract them but it’s also impossible to join to become part of this weird audience.

A cohesive, emotional, non-human installation where all the elements of scenography perform in their own right.

Originally created as French exhibit at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the installation is part of scenography and performance space programme at the former school building on Aristida Briāna street 13.

About the artist

After ten years as a set designer for opera, concerts, theatre performances, and contemporary art exhibitions, French artist Philippe Quesne created Vivarium Studio in 2003 in Paris, a laboratory for theatrical innovation which features painters, actors, dancers, musicians and a dog. Since 2014 he runs Nanterre-Amandiers National Centre for Dramatic Art near Paris.

The performances by Philippe Quesne showcase simple yet fantastic images – an improvised amusement park in a deserted snowy landscape, explorers in potted plant jungles that re-enact the Big Bang, or a thirty-year-old Serge playing in his apartment with a toy car that draws circles with a sparkler. In his creations a childlike amazement in front of the magic of theater meets with a gentle melancholy about the limitations of mankind.


Author: Philippe Quesne
Original Music: Pierre Desprats “Crash Park”, “Le Secret du Rocher”
Music extract: Scorpions “Sill loving you”
Coordination of the pavillion: Elodie Dauguet
Technic: Nicolas Barrot, Joachim Fosset, Thomas Laigle
Realisation: Workshop Nanterre-Amandiers (Marie Maresca, Jérome Chretien, Claude Sangiorgi, Jean-Michel Huard, Charlotte Wallet)

5 - 13



A house on Briāna street 13

Free entrance

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