The Biennale at the Turbulences



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.

Architects & artists

Atelier ManferdiniBairBalliet
Daphné Bengoa
André Bloc
Santiago Borja
John Cage,
Bertrand Cavalier
Hernan Diaz Alonso
Bernard Gachet
Griffin Enright
Günter Günschel
John Hejduk
Damjan Jovanovic
Alberto Kalach
Ferda Kolatan
Karen Lohrmann & Stefano de Martino
Fabian Marcaccio
Chris Marker
Ahmed Mater
Lucy McRae
Julie Nioche
Driss Ouadahi
Florencia Pita & Co
Fernand Pouillon
Casey Rehm
Ruy Klein
Servo LA-Stockholm
Testa & Weiser
Laure Tixier & Hervé Rousseau
Tom Wiscombe
Liam Young