The Floating Buffet

Buffet flottant by La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) 2004

THE FLOATING BUFFET BY LA CELLULE (BECQUEMIN&SAGOT)

The two artists of La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) use sculptures, installations and performances to question desire and its processes. Their works stage the tension between the two expressions of desire – one aiming at sublimation, the other one at consumption. They experiment the desire to be found between Eros and Thanatos. They question the fragile moment where everything can fall apart, be consumed and disappear, their works often come from the absurd as a way to « escape » - in its historical sense of « letting escape a ball properly thrown »: they veer off course. Their apparent lightness unveils a more bitter reality.

La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) develop their creations in three directions: One of them is « Les mécaniques » or The mechanics – performances. The mechanics of desire are performances that explore the encounters of what's real and what's invented. They use the instinctual lures of hunger, thirst and sex and make the perception of the work shift from what's extimate to what's intimate. The works of La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) are the offspring of contextual and participative art. They question what consumes modern man – impulse or sublimation.

The Floating Buffet is a penetrable work, support to an interactive action between the human body, the social body and food. The guest discovers a dense and compact collection of helium balloons suspended at eye level, seemingly floating in space. The balloons support choice tidbits. The guest is invited to taste the food which lightens the load of the balloons and gradually sets them free. The balloons thus become a pretext to discover a multi sensory space in which sound and the projected image play an important role.

La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) regularly exhibits in France – art galleries, museums, modern art festivals and fairs – and abroad – Design Tide for Laune Gallery in Tokyo, French Year in Brazil in Rio, Modern Art Museum in Lima, Loft Project Etagi gallery in Saint-Petersburg, French Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires, Croisements festival in Shangai and Beijing, French May festival in Hong-Kong, Art Summit three-yearly fair in Jakarta etc.

The Floating Buffet can be experienced at the Novotel in Mumbai on 20th March, at the Hyatt in Pune on 23rd March, at the Park Chennai on 25th March and finally at the Taj Bangalore on 27th March.

Bengaluru: 27 March, 2013  
Venue: Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur, Bangalore
Chennai: 25 March, 2013  
Venue: Park Hotel
Mumbai: 20 March, 2013  
Venue: Novotel