Nestled among the Turbulences, in a Jakob+MacFarlane building on the site of a former military supply depot (18th–19th century), the Frac Centre-Val de Loire is the heart of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans.
Throughout the event, the site has been dedicated to two unique figures from the second half of the 20th century—Fernand Pouillon (Mes réalisations parleront pour moi) [My works will speak for me] and Günter Günschel (Homo Faber: Un récit) [Homo Faber: a tale]. These figures and their legacy are engaged in a back-and-forth with the collective, mutated landscape designed in collaboration with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, Los Angeles) (L’architecture comme animal mutant) [Architecture as a mutant animal]. The Frac’s spaces also welcome the MAXXI collection in conversation with the Waiting Land project by Karen Lorhmann and Stefano de Martino, while site-specific productions including work by Takk and Santiago Borja, John Hejduk, Absalon, Ahmed Mater, and Chris Marker are worked into a vocabulary of solitude that punctuates the visitor’s experience.
Hernan Diaz Alonso
Karen Lohrmann & Stefano de Martino
Florencia Pita & Co
Testa & Weiser
Laure Tixier & Hervé Rousseau