Didier Faustino is presenting a series of new pieces at the Calouste Gulbekian Foundation (Lisbon) from 14th January to 3rd April 2011. Five new installations produced for the exhibition will immerse visitors in the permanent confrontation of the body with architecture and architecture with movement, via visual and sound tools implemented by Faustino. Entitled “Don’t Trust Architects”, the exhibition will present “Future Will Be a Remake“, a game which invites the spectators to reclaim part of the architecture by playing with it, “Trust me“, a sound installation about the distortion of messages, “Flatland“, a reflection on the borders between fiction and reality, “Instrument for Blank Architecture“, a mobile sound device dedicated to mental exploration, and lastly “Exploring Dead Buildings“, a video exploring the confines of architectural utopia.

“Exploring Dead Buildings is a nocturnal exploration of an abandoned building belonging to the “Soviet Republic of Georgia’s Ministry of Transport.” This building erected in 1975 by George Chakhava (1923–2007) and Zurab Jalaghania is an example of realizable utopia directly inspired by Yona Friedman. In this dilapidated space, two operators manipulate an archaic vehicle made from debris found in the building. Focused on this vehicle, a camera records the crossing in a sequence shot, painting a portrait of architecture devoid of its use. Lit only by two battery operated projectors the camera records every last detail of the expedition across the rubble until the battery runs dead therefore causing a progressive loss of bearings, while the module disappears into obscurity looking for signs of prior life. Born from the incapacity of the architect to analyse the building other than by producing its own fiction inside it, this work of art is a tribute to utopia, the last sign of a forgotten architecture.” Didier Faustino

“Don’t Trust Architects” by Didier Faustino
Fondation Calouste Gulbekian
Av. de Berna, 45A
1067-001 Lisboa
Tel: +351 217823000

13th January to 3rd April 2011


Visual credits 1
: ” Exploring Dead Buildings ” Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michel Rein
Visual credits 2: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michel Rein