The oeuvre of Berdaguer & Péjus broaches the physical and mental perception of space, in particular through dysfunctions and pathologies associated with this understanding. In 1997, with Rudy Ricciotti, the artists devised an initial project related to architecture: the Maisons qui meurent/Houses Which Die, just like their occupants. Their research can be seen not so much under the aegis of production but under the more random sign of the project, a notion essential to architecture. The proposals of Berdaguer & Péjus all present a hypothetical character and so they are not sketches of works in the offing. The architecture which interests them is that which is not constructed; an architecture underpinned by the excessive ambition to offer an overall and definitive answer to our housing and communication problems, and which can be defined as an ideal and utopian model, without any referent. The projects of Berdaguer & Péjus thus belong to a space “without dimension” and to the space of “fiction” (Maisons closes, 2001). As part of the exhibition Blitz, held in 2009, they devoted their work to evolving processes and constructions (“objects to be loaded in accordance with a procedure of hypnosis”), questioning movement, time and subject.
Born respectively in 1968 and 1969, Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus live and work in Marseille and Paris. In 2001 they were residents at the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in the United States, and then at the Villa Médicis in Rome in 2007. Their projects are regularly shown in solo exhibitions (Musée Chagall, Nice, 2009; Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne, 2012) and in group shows (La confusion des senses) Espace Vuitton, Paris, 2009; Dreamtime, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, 2009; Erre, Variations labyrinthiques, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2011).