Version 2004 - SIMulation City

november 12th- decembre 19th 2004

collectif_fact - circus, 2003
            Centre for Contemporary Images

This collective of young Genevan artists works largely with computer-generated images, offering a critical analysis of our environment and the behavior it generates.

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collectif_fact, circus, 2003

For the collective’s “circus” (2003) project, the artists have photographed fragments of the landscapes during walks around Geneva’s place du Cirque. They have digitally isolated all of the area’s distinct features (architecture, signage, traffic, vegetation, etc.) and have introduced them into a 3D model of the square. The landscape they have created is the result of a piling-up of individual layers; navigation between all these elements presents us with a fragmentary view of the city. We are forced to abandon the illusion of taking everything in.
“circus” (2003) questions in particular our perception of urban space. Unlike the traditional city, it is no longer made up of a continuous, uniform space and only tends to become a pure arrangement of elements. The transportation networks transform the landscape into sequences while broadcasting systems display a fragmentary view of the city. The group collectif_fact proposes describing this environment layer by layer so that the constructed landscape that results from it proves more in keeping with this sensory reality.


collectif_fact comprises Annelore Schneider (1979), Swann Thommen (1979) and Claude Piguet (1977). Live and work in Geneva, Switzerland.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
wireframe, Galleria Laurin, Zurich, Switzerland
datatown, Galerie Une, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Omnipolis, Galerie Mire, Geneva, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions (selection)
Interference, contemporary swiss photography, i Arhus Kunstbygning, Arhus, Danemark
So wie die Dinge liegen / As Matters Stand, hartware medien kunst verein, PhoenixHalle, Dortmund, Germany
...lautloses irren, way of worldmaking, too..., un projet d’Harm Lux, Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
66ème Biennale du musée des Beaux-Arts de la Chaux-de-Fonds, la Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Buenos dias Buenos Aires,, arte contempraneo suizo, Swiss Mix 1& 2, un projet de l’espace d’arts contemporains Attitudes, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jouable, Doshisha Rohm Memorial Hall Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japon