Online talk: Le mystère de l'arc-en-ciel

Saturday, April 10, 2021
15:00 - 16:30

Free online talk on facebook, no bookings or Facebook account required. To join the talk, visit our Facebook page or click directly on this link on 10 April at 3:00 pm:



Superstudio et la pensée météore *
— Anouchka Vasak, author of Météorologies

Superstudio : l'arc-en-ciel “imphotographable”
— Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, curator of the Superstudio Migrazioni exhibition

Emilio Ambasz’s Casa de Retiro Espiritual
— Cédric Libert, co-curator of the Superstudio Migrazioni exhibition


* Superstudio and meteoric thinking – Anouchka Vasak (FR)

The sign under which the CIVA's Superstudio exhibition is placed, migration and the swarm, invites us to consider the approach of the Florentine group of architects from a particular conceptual angle: that of meteoric thought. In Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo develops the idea of an architecture dethroned by thought in the form of printing, thought that has become "a flock of birds, scattering to the four winds". Here we recognise "meteoric thinking": based on the model of clouds and meteoric phenomena, it questions borders and fences. Superstudio's experience can be seen as part of this history. Descartes' Meteors, and above all the Eighth Discourse on the Rainbow, a form that has been extensively used by the Florentine group, will be the first station on a journey that will focus mainly on physical and graphic research on clouds, between the history of science and the history of art, the Enlightenment and Romanticism: we will encounter the method of the painter Alexander Cozens as well as the Modifications of Clouds by the chemical philosopher Luke Howard, who invented the classification of clouds in 1803, a classification that is still prevalent today. The object of the cloud, and more generally the "meteor", represented since the classical era in pictures and storyboards, helps to think about Superstudio's rational and poetic approach.