Red is for love, blue is for longing, yellow is for rage, Polylactide, 15 × 15 × 15 cm
Plains, Videoloop, 46 sec
The installation Red is for love, blue is for longing, yellow is for rage, which Bertrand Flanet composed for AMOUR, is located deep within the park grounds. The installation consists of three birdhouses which visually emulate the Grenfell Tower. Flanet made them from polylactide using a 3D printer. Large screws hold the pieces together.
The 2017 conflagration of the building, a primarily mi- grant-occupied social housing block in London’s affluent Kensington district, sparked an ongoing debate about neoliberal politics and institutional racism. The debate brought attention to the negligent combustible insulation and exterior cladding which had been installed during the building’s renovation, and which led to the death of 72 people. In a nutshell, Flanet’s technoid sculptures question what humanity means in our time. The artist is interested in how media coverage of grave misfortunes and institutional violence can trigger a wave of solidarity and form a sense of community. This also applies to the video work Plains, on view inside of TROPEZ. The video approximates the visual perspective of a person rocking on a swing: at the highest peak of the upward swing, a billboard, on which two figures can be seen, enters into the field of vision. The sound of the metal chains of the swing acoustically dominates the space.
About the artist
Bertrand Flanet’s work includes 3D animation videos that mimic the mechanics of video games and installations. The reduced animations have a hypnotic effect on the observers, who lose themselves in dystopian scenarios. Flanet lives and works in Berlin, where he is currently having a solo exhibition at the Eigen + Art Lab.