Artist Statement - Cédric Maridet
Fragments of Future Histories is a collection of videos, objects, installations, photographs and sculptures that embodies my practice that relies on intensive field works and research from literature, science or history. Inspired by fieldwork in the Arctic Circle and especially in the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramida in the Archipelago of Svalbard, the works unfold a mesh of narratives based on the poles and Mars’ explorations to forms new fictional encounters where past, present and future coalesce.
The exhibition ⎯ which takes its title from Gabriel Tarde’s post-apocalyptic novella that develops the possibility to rethink the concept of need and production ⎯ induces an investigation in the connections between man and the exploration of his environment, as well as questions our postures in the world. The system of works creates different possible narrative trajectories through reenactments, simulations, interventions, and documentation.