For the fourth edition of Bergen Assembly, curator Yasmine d’O. invites the public to join a quest in search of a seven-sided solid body called the Heptahedron. To bring the Tourist’s memories to life, this exhibition unites the exotic works of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Daniel Buren and Sol Calero.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has often engaged with the idea of tourism as a way of conceptualising and entering a new landscape or world.
Exotourisme (made in 2002, with a soundscape by Christophe Van Huffel) is a film environment that reflects back to viewers their own image, their desires for transcendent encounters, and their desire to get lost in a new or alternate world. Projected within an enclosed room as part of the Tourist, Gonzalez-Foerster’s Exotourisme provides a cosmic, even existential perspective on the experience and possibility of tourism. Inside the installation, an animated landscape layers images. Combining historical sci-fi aesthetics with visual and acoustic intensities of colour and sound, the film presents a vision of an enigmatic intergalactic space journey, suggesting a fantasy about distant and unreachable territories.