MORE ABOUT THE PLATFORM
“MAP OF THE ISLANDS”
THIS TRAY REPRESENTS
THE MAP OF EMERSON ISLANDS
It is an archipelago of utopian islands.
In the literature, the islands have often been the site of utopias ; the most famous is Utopia (1516) of Thomas More . But many other islands “which exist nowhere” were imagined by artists, such as the the City of the Sun (1623) by Tommaso Campanella or The Mysterious Islands (1874) by Jules Verne and many others.
Finally, the power of utopia is based on the following paradox :
while they are at first sight purely fictitious and out of reach, they have the ability to explore «reality lateral possibilities» (Paul Ricoeur, Idéologie et Utopie). Taking distance from the present, they describe what could be.
MATERIAL HAD BEEN WORK
TO TRADUCE THIS DELIMITATIONS
The tray was etched. This technique is about biting the metal with the acid. The map is thus ideally drawn through black lines. In a pictorial context, this technique of acid etching has often been used by artists like Rembrandt, Durer, Goya, Matisse.
IT IS A OBJECT FROM THE EMERSON ISLANDS COLLECTION
Emerson Islands are utopian islands bearing american nineteenth century writer’s name,Ralph Waldo Emerson.
In his book Nature (1836), he called to turn more deeply to Nature. On this imaginary archipelago Islands, residents share his vision of a spiritual connection to the nature of men. The contemplation of nature and its ecology, possible to all, providing access to essential truths. It encourages men to maintain a regular with its environment. The objects of the collection are the symbols of this philosophy.