Les commissaires anonymes

ELDORADO MAXIMUM

ELDORADO MAXIMUM

Etienne Boulanger, Bureau d’études, Exyzt, Léo Delafontaine, Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita, Julia Moroge, Jean-Sébastien Tacher et Léa Troulard
Hall des Chars

ELDORADO MAXIMUM tackles the ambiguous appropriation of the myth of Eldorado today. Capitalism has appropriated this legend as a founding portrayal of itself, preserving only the spectacular image of untold wealth, riches and easy pleasures. We propose a new typology of contemporary Eldorado.

Extract of the prologue :

10.09.2013

In 2014, Les commissaires anonymes move and set up house in Brussels. The Schengen borders are wide open ; we just need a truck and the motivation to make of this place what we will soon call ‘home’. We are far from being the first French immigrants in Belgium. During the last few years, a number of artists, as well as the independently wealthy, have made the choice to move ; for some they think that they will find in Brussels more liberty to create, and for others the move is with the wish to escape newly imposed taxes. Is the Belgium capital becoming a type of eldorado ?

These simultaneous migrations of two very different social groups, with the same destination, were a starting point for this task to redefine the myth of the golden future : What ideas of the beyond motivate these groups to leave what one has already ? What projections of the future lead such departures ? What attractions prompt people to want to change cities or even countries ? Cecile Roche Boutin and myself have left France, Paris and Strasbourg respectively, for the practical reasons of escaping high rent and low paying jobs. But those weren’t our only reasons. If gold is the symbol of eldorado, we could make the hypothesis that it was never the one and only drive in the quest for a better future. Capitalism has appropriated from this legend as a founding portrayal of itself, preserving only the spectacular image of untold wealth, riches and easy pleasures. “Dubai, the new eldorado for collectors”, says a headline from Le Monde newspaper on March 23rd 2013, or “Nigeria, the new eldorado for Champagne” calls out the L’Union, the local paper for the Ardennes in May 2013. Having no personal capital to invest and grow ourselves, we are not able to identify with headlines such as these, which most ostensibly have been written to pique the interest of those with higher income. Since Les commissaires anonymes search a different type of wealth, the myth’s very definition separates us from our fellow fiscal neighbours in paradise.

vue de l'exposition, © Claire Audhuy vue de l’exposition, © Claire Audhuy -

Sélection de titres de presse contenant le terme « eldorado », © Claire Audhuy Sélection de titres de presse contenant le terme « eldorado », © Claire Audhuy -

Eldorado, collection de bijoux, Julia Moroge, © Alex Flores Eldorado, collection de bijoux, Julia Moroge, © Alex Flores -

12.09.2013

A beach riddled with coconuts trees, on the other side of a walled border, or an alternative model of society : what would we not do to get there ? The image of eldorado creates adrenaline ; she manifests herself within each individual who’s on the quest for change. Today our work as curators allows us to meet artists and other cultural players who possess such drive, and to thus enter into their stories and share with them in their adventures. The idealism, poetry and engagement of their initiatives doesn’t supply the type of gold necessary to solve the dysfunctions of the global economy, but the quest that drives them is an invitation to refresh our own worn down representations of that something better found elsewhere, from money and the future in favour of new models for living.

15.09.2013

The quest for eldorado is also a tragic story. The appeal of gold will have led many souls full of illusions for a better future to their final end. This quest represents an appetite for gain and the lure for property that motivates capitalism. But what matters to us today, is the intent of these abstract and immediate territories on which our desire for transformation is built. Eldorado must remain a precarious space, without the promises of security, frontier, or absolutes for real wealth.

21.09.2013

“We shouldn’t be afraid of austerity, but rather embrace it. Through austerity, we encounter resignation. But through austerity, we also meet each other.“ In the video The Beauty of Austerity 26, artists Guido Giglio and Hannes Bernard question the term of austerity, which has kept on conditioning western society into adopting a submissive and restrictive attitude. Respectively born in Brazil and South-Africa, these two artists warn us about the ambiguity of this western concept that mortifies bodies and souls to the benefit of capitalist economy. Their work proposes that we consider a creative and emancipating sobriety. So that the quest for a contemporary eldorado should remain a posture of resistance against disenchantment, an opposition tactic to fight moroseness, so as to generate multiple desires to transform the world.

Single Room Hotel, Etienne Boulanger, © Les commissaires anonymes
Micronations, Léo Delafontaine, 2012, © Les commissaires anonymes
Micronations, Léo Delafontaine, 2012, © Les commissaires anonymes
vernissage de l'exposition, © Claire Audhuy
Shields, Etienne Boulanger, © Alex Flores
Bénitier, Collection Eldorado, Julia Moroge, © Alex Flores
Sélection de titres de presse contenant le terme « eldorado », © Alex Flores
Hallaluya, Jean-sébastien Tacher, © Alex Flores
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