Khurtova / Bourlanges
2014 work-in-progress
2014 April - September - Artists residency at Atelier Holsboer, at la Cité des Arts, Paris, FR

– The archive of Jacques Bourlanges

At a first glance, we were absolutely impressed by the profusion of maps, notes and sketches, filling to its maximum the 24 archive boxes, as well as how visually appealing this whole archive turned out to be.
Therefore, we have properly recorded all documents and research with pictures and listed an inventory. Content-wise, the research of J. Bourlanges is quite broad, and involves different fields: toponymy, legends and symbols, geography, astronomy and astrology, as well as genealogy and heraldic study of Noble families (mostly in France). It all makes sense when reading his book "the Sky is on the Earth", which zooms in regional, historical and folkloric facts or legends, therefore creating imaginative links between each star constellation and a particular region on Earth.
A few side projects are dedicated to looking for clues to finding the legendary hidden treasure of the Templars, as well as a thorough research on Joan of Ark, and the development of several chemistry and engineering patents.
Click here to see visual documentation of the archive of Jacques Bourlanges.

– Intervening (with and around the archive)

What is striking in this archive is its massive physicality, even in the most compact form: folded. In those folds are embedded and encrypted many mysteries, quests, questions, ideas, and thoughts.
We chose to focus mostly on the (folded) maps, which become a constant subject of new interpretations. As a rhizome (of Deleuze and Guattari), the map appear as a tool which multiply the access to a reality, and affirm its complexity, multiplicity and singularity: "there is no cartographic truth, only multiple ways to testify of the world through maps".

By isolating elements of Jacques' research, playing with folding transparent layers and collages method, our process explores logical and illogical approaches and creates new links between form and content. Finally, the (im)possibility of unfolding - to its maximum - the content (of one's mind?) is translated into a spacious installation, as well as a series of small scale interventions.

On a larger scope, our investigation is an attempt to make visible and partially unravel the mysterious way one's mind can function: obsessive and compulsive, logical and associative, pragmatic and unreasonable…
The tactility of the works echoes to the fragility of physical traces we may leave behind, as well as the ones superimposed on us and our physical environment by higher forces.

Supported by the Mondriaan Fonds
Special thanks to Roxan Esperon

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