Guest curators selection: Robertina Šebjanič and Alenka Trebušak
LUCE MOREAU – Palaces
object, photographies, 2015 – 2017
Contradicting the indisputable “natural order”, in the series Urejena narava (organised nature) – of which the project PALACES is a part of – the artist is exploring the reverse relationship between human society and organised societies of animals. The dominance of one over the other and the interpretation of animal systems and behaviours, whose common goal is survival. Chimeric modules, territoriality, entomology, mimicry, utopian architecture, geometry, political system, camouflage and archeology represent the starting points in approaching the subject.
The PALACES project is a result of an experiment presented to the bee families by the artist. In the course of the project came a meeting – of the constructions of human imagination and those created by the colonies of bees. They were given the utopic plans of architectural complexes such as the plan of Phalanstère Palace, created by Charles Fourier in the beginning of the 19th century as a self-supplying commune, the plan of the first geostationary space station by Herman Potočnik Noordung from the beginning of the 20th century and a labyrinth. Wax panels were used as the base. With this experiment the artist was testing the ability of the bees to divert from their instinctual activity, which they have perfected in their search for survival over more than a hundred million years; as well as their adaptability to new circumstances.