UN NOUS is neither a group nor a collective, although some of its members have been making art together for over fifteen years. They circulate their work in urban spaces, open up explorations of alterity and issue regular challenges to accepted notions of making contact and achieving interchange. Of the two UN NOUS works on show at the Biennale, the first is a rectangular volume with plexiglas windows through which can be seen a utopian city made up of leftovers from an academic year at the architecture schools in Versailles, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Lyon: here student maquettes and abandoned projects that should have been thrown out at the end of the year are brought back as UN NOUS sets about an impossible urban project. The installation’s soundtrack is made up of different noises from a period covering the 18th–20th centuries. On the walls are posters and graphic works that UN NOUS also pasted up around Lyon to mark the Biennale: unauthorised postering as a way of raising big issues?
With the support of Agnès B. and with the participation of the architecture schools of Grenoble, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Versailles and of college Jean Vilar in Villeurbanne