RADAR

Patch 12

Gallery of Futures

In an undetermined timeframe, artist Michel François meets physicist and Nobel Prize for chemistry Ilya Prigogine in Brussels. He presents him with a Chinese funerary stone, a cong.  This is a carved jade object, tubular in shape, dating from 3300-2000 BC, square on the outside and round on the inside. 

The cong appears in photographs that Michel François recorded, showing the Nobel Prize winner on the phone, with in the foreground this object supposed to represent space (measurable by the streaks on its sides) and time (immaterial and traversing matter like a smooth air stream).

Everything indicates that "time doesn’t count".

The extraction process has gone wrong here. The timeline has rolled up on itself, fragmented or dissolved. What remain are works, objects, images, words. Art sheltered in the tunnel, while overheating is everywhere.

Michel François Sans titre Photographie de Ilya Prigogine 2009 Courtesy the artist
Michel François Sans titre Photographie de Ilya Prigogine 2009 Courtesy the artist

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