R·F Studio

A design firm in a broad sense, RF Studio was founded by Ramy Fischler in 2010. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale de Création Industrielle, ENSCI-Les Ateliers, this Belgian designer, currently based in Paris, has an eclectic approach to design, from research, to industrial design,  artisanal design, or forward-looking design. As the exclusive partner of Patrick Jouin for nearly nine years, he participated in various and diverse projects such as designing the exhibition display of "Parade", the biggest extramural design exhibition organized by the Centre Pompidou in Sao Paulo, everyday objects such as the "Pastapot" for Alessi, the "Nightcove" alarm clock for Zyken, collections of tableware for Alain Ducasse and Thierry Marx, as well as numerous exhibition displays or cultural events. From their collaboration on the “Barbe Bleue” show for Lille Capitale de la Culture to the display design of the "Patrick Jouin: La substance du design" exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 2010, Ramy Fischler has never ceased to hone his interest in research and experimentation.

Admitted in 2010 into the guest resident program of the Académie de France in Rome, he left Patrick Jouin's firm to stay at Villa Medici until September 2011. During his stay there, he undertook a research project on formalizing the presentation and residency discourse at this mythical place. The research project is still ongoing and has extended to other cultural institutions undergoing change such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Because of his passion for keeping the space configuration and furniture separate, and his obsession with meaning, he founded RF Studio in 2011 where he now develops private and public projects of objects and space design. Some of the projects he completed this year include designing the display of the "Poussin and Moses" exhibition at Villa Medici, the space and furniture of the Tai Ping showroom in Paris, along with a collection of Chinoiserie carpets, patisseries for the Mandarin Oriental in Paris, as well as several interior space design projects for private clients in France and abroad.

Aura


Objet connecté pour la table de chevet
www.withings.com

Withings Aura is a cleverly designed system that both monitors.

A sensitively-designed bedside device that records your sleep environment (noise pollution, room temperature, and light level), and provides with scientifically-validated light, and sound programs.

Connecting wirelessly an application lets you visualize your sleep cycles, understand what wakes you up, and compare nights. From the palm of your hand you can control your personalized wake-up, and fall-asleep programs. A soft and discreet sensor that slips under your mattress to monitor your personal sleep patterns, and cycles (body movements, breathing cycles, heart rate). Withings Aura will come with a dedicated application to control the system, and manage your personalized programs. As part of the Withings 360° well-being experience, all sleep data will also

Using the recorded data, Withings Aura provides you with scientifically-validated light, and sound
programs that will adapt to your personal body clock, and positively impact your sleeping conditions.

The multi-color LED dimming lighting technology makes the most of a proven correlation between lighting wavelengths, and secretion of Melatonin, the hormone responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.

The delicate sound programs replicate the circadian rhythm’s frequency, and pattern. They relax you while falling asleep, and stimulate you upon waking up.

Mobilier “Colombie” 2


Table de chevet en chêne et bois laqué

Heterotopia


AD Intérieurs 2013

“When you work on a space in its totality, focused on the minute detail, the narrative always remains a priority. The world that you create must, in the end, embody a history where the host location plays the most important role. This is why fantasy and reality are never very far apart in my work ». Ramy Fischler, 2013

This “visionary office” designed by Fischler is a place of power and decision-making.  The furniture consists of a table and a triptych suspended from the ceiling and a rug designed by Fischler and produced by Tai Ping Carpets.  This hand made wool carpet is inlaid with marble stones from Ateliers de France, and covers the floor completely. The inlaid wooden walls features marble produced in the quarries of Ateliers de France. A marble table is surprisingly suspended from the ceiling by leather cords and features a cutting-edge touch keyboard that controls light and the sound of the room. At the centre of the room sits a triptych mirror that is adorned with gilded lines. This mirror, covered in marble, has been transformed into an audio system to broadcast music that has been composed for the exhibit by Sébastien Grandgambe. The exhibit is completed by a futuristic landscape sketched on one wall.

THE IDEA

The project was born from a meeting between Ramy Fischler, Tai Ping and Atelierss de France, as well as with additional partners Henri Intégrateur Domotique, Laval and Au Gré du Verre. Fischer used these initial discussions to guide his design for AD Intérieurs 2013, leveraging each partner’s expertise. Tai Ping, an international custom carpet manufacturer, produced the carpet. Ateliers de France, a stone and flooring specialist in complex projects and tailor-made in France and abroad, contributes the minerals, as well as wood and marble carpentry for the furniture. Henri Intégrateur Domotique offered expertise in the design and installation of electrical and audio solutions. Laval, provided the design and production of seating. And finally Au Gré du Verre gilded the triptych mirror.

THE STORY

Fischler’s collaboration with his design partners was just the beginning. He also involved talented French writer, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, who attended all meetings and who will make. Fischler’s futuristic vision come to life in narrative. The narrative is that of a forger named Nemrod. This mysterious character, full of power and timeless, crosses the city to meet him at his office even though an election is held.  Located in a tower that marks the skyline of the city, Nemrod found that what composes his identity and recalls his memories. He also reflects on the meaning of objects, their construction and symbolic value.

FORWARD-THINKING DESIGN

From 2010-2011 Fischler spent twelve months as a ‘pensionnaire’, or resident, at the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome. Fischler used this time in Rome to focus on his theoretical research, deliberately turning down product development projects during this period. Talking of the importance of marrying the concrete with the abstract, he asserts that, “theory must be somewhere in the project,” for it to be meaningful. His desire is to “always have one foot in research,” and with each new assignment, “find time for reflection.” In continuity with this process, Fischler’s project for AD Intérieurs 2013 demonstrates that vision and creation can transcend materials.

Liaising directly with French artisans and manufacturers to develop pieces unique to AD Intérieurs 2013, Fischler draws on history and craft to create work that is contemporary yet strengthens the ties between old and new. Revealing multiple challenges and encouraging thought, he also takes this opportunity to create a unique exhibit unlike any other.


Heterotopia

The city had grown steadily over the centuries and, while threatened by the surrounding waters, had risen upon itself while tempered in prosperity by the ocean to the East and the arid land to the West.

Reaching the utter level of the tower, the doors opened with a muffled sound and he stepped out. The silence was absolute, even at a time when the city life welled up at the foot of the tower, and a clear, warm light bathed the room. He took a deep breath. He liked to find himself in this place, the only place he had really built in his image; he who had everything that life offered, yet whose life had led him to leave behind material goods.

He stepped forward and the room’s glow began to noticeably fluctuate, colouring the marble and mirrored triptych at which he stopped to look and reflect upon the archaic triad: Jupiter, Mars and Quirinus, symbols of the three key foundations of any societal function. He looked at his fragmented reflection, a picture of him through past ages and centuries to come, and he knew that only he would be able to make the choice to never accept simply being a piece of history.

Facing him now was a bay window cut into the wall of the tower structure that showed a piece of sky in which the sun, now hidden by the city, had not yet fully emerged. In the past, he had hoped that the tower was the highest ever built, not to dominate and enslave the city, nor to challenge the rest of the world, but to retain a memory that many citizens had lost: the city’s skyline. Rays of light coming from the tower shone on his shoulders and seemed to make him look even more slender, both fragile and immortal.

Dozing a moment and lulled by the sound of the room, he was carried away by the endless stream of memories, as one by one they arose from the depths of his memory as if they descended from heaven. From his tower of glass and steel he seemed to seize old memories from all ages of life, moments he had forgotten but still recognized as they reappeared in his mind, views of himself that constitute the man he was today and the builder that he had become.

He was a child playing in the tall grass near a lake while his mother lay asleep on a blanket under the moving shadow of a willow tree. He was a proud student clutching his diploma from school, fearing nothing and challenging the life ahead. He was a proud young man, trembling with a languid woman in a bright room circled by the city lights. He walked on stones heated by the sun from which sprouted tender grass. He was the architect and visionary, exploring a vast and desolate plain and vowing to raise a new city. The warmth of the room and the light creeping in through the cracks of the walls propelled him far away to a time when he built, between the branches of a huge oak tree, a wooden hut where the day filtered between the loose planks and touched his forehead as he lay on the ground in the rustling leaves of the tree. That day, he had dreamed of building a city.

Then, a sound brought him back to consciousness, and he saw that the sun was at its peak. A few hours had passed and he was not quite sure of the truth of his memories. Had he lived them or had others experienced them before him: his father the builder; his grandfather the architect; or his great-grandfather the explorer? Their lives merged into one. Their common history, composed of an infinite number of moments, had brought him so far, as well as the city, whose complex assembly of materials and designs sprung from the ground to be so high. So much mystery, choice, chance--how delicate was the balance that had brought him to the top of the tower at this time of deliberation?

There were so many things that did not depend on him, but that had been placed in his hands. The responsibility was so big and vital that it would have been devastating if he had not desired it. But he wanted this power; he had formed his own empire and considered it justly earned and deserved. His gaze slid down the leather ropes that supported the table and triptych. Had he not designed it to remember the right measure of all things, the delicate balance of justice that was expected of him?

As the hours passed and the day swept across the room, he sensed the palpable hope that welled up in the city, in the crowd of citizens gathered at the Grand Place and at the foot of the tower. For many, he embodied the patriarch, the wisest of the wise, virtually God. For others, he was known to be the tyrant, the dictator. But both his critics and followers were all hanging in wait, eyes focused on their computer screens or TVs. Others, with hands shielding them from the sun, peered to the top floor as if a visible sign was to rise like smoke from a conclave.

He loved the idea of this timeless place removed from the great torment of the universe, this sleek and faithful room in which he had found himself at so many different times in his life, but where he had never been quite the same. He loved the consistency of objects that, once created by man, are indifferent to his will.

His index finger touched the lit keyboard. Under a blazing sun, reflected off of the shimmering buildings and the depths of the city, a sudden roar swelled and rose majestically, as if the city were crying out.


Panorama 16


Solus Locus

(…) The subtitle of this Panorama 16, « Solus Locus » does more than just invert the title of Raymond Roussel’s famous book, Locus Solus (1914) (…) This paradoxical discrepancy is something to be articulated and constructed, as when, “away from the bustle of Paris,” the inventor Martial Canterel revealed his fascinating contraptions to his guests, those changeable and ingenious visual questions shown on-site in what very much looked an exhibition without deliberately taking the name of one. These magnetic marvels will be displayed in Le Fresnoy, hearing the words spoken by the artists themselves in their discourse and in their working notes: mythologies, alterations, metamorphoses, falls, brain waves, shamanism, the golden section, hallucinations, morphing, fetishes, ghostly presences, the big bang and other utopian territories. (…) A contemporary “Solus Locus” that is not a negation of the world, but an oblique look into its lines of tension and disappearance, making it incredibly complex, desirable, unstable (politically, socially and spiritually) – a place of perpetual becoming.

Designer : Ramy Fischler 

Curator : Mathieu Orléan  

Tapis “Chinoiserie”


Carpet collection create for the Tai Ping showroom in Paris, l'Hôtel de Livry
with Heidi Winge Strom

The « Chinoiserie » rug collection, for Tai Ping

The Chinoiserie collection, designed in collaboration with the textile designer Heidi Winge Strøm, is made up of eleven hand-tufted rugs in wool and silk. Designing the new Parisian showrooms for Tai Ping, Ramy Fischler was becoming interested in the cultural relationship between France and China. He discovered, in a collection of 18th century oriental drawings by Jean-Antoine Fraisse, the details of an incredible visual and inspiring force. The designers scaled up the semi-abstract motifs and applied them to the rugs. 300 years after the golden age of chinoiserie in the West, they were initiating one final reinterpretation of these exotic motifs on the products of a Chinese manufacturing works. 


Mobilier “Chinoiseries”


Hand made furniture for Tai Ping

Mobilier “Chinoiseries”


Table basse en chêne et bois laqué

Mobilier “Colombie”


Hand made production of home furniture

Mobilier “Colombie”


Table laquée et plateaux en marbre

Sarments


Christmas pastries designed for the Mandarin Oriental Paris, with the chef Pierre Mathieu

Chariot à champagne


Trolley created for the chef Thierry Marx
and the sommelier David Biraud

Mobilier Feuilleté


Collection de mobiliers en multiplis de bouleau.
Présentée à Paris en septembre 2013
Photographies : Hélene Hilaire

Pichet de bistrot


Collaboration avec la céramiste Valéria Polsinelli dans le cadre des D'Days 2013

C'est l'histoire d'une céramiste et d'un designer qui se retrouvent autour d'un quart de rouge, au bistro du coin. Il faut un sujet, le pichet tombe à point nommé. Il réunit tous les ingrédients d'une bonne rencontre. Du vin certes, mais aussi un pot en terre, bien populaire, qui avec sa forme de tonneau a su s'imposer sur toutes les tables de France et de Navarre. L'exercice est périlleux, mais à la hauteur de la rencontre. Donner un souffle de modernité à un objet qui a traversé le temps si bien que l'on ne remarque plus que ce qu'il contient. Quelques dessins, une maquette en papier, un modèle, un moule en plâtre, des essais, et on l'espère quelques pichets pour fêter dignement les D' Days, au bistrot du coin.

Tai Ping Paris


Interior design of the Tai Ping showroom in Paris, Hotel de Livry

In September 2011, I was preparing to return to Paris, after having spent a year in the timeless gardens of the Villa Medici. I had to invent new dreams, new desires, far from this gilded prison where I examined archives, inventories and furniture in search of a dormant collective memory.

The phone call from Catherine Verges, director of Tai Ping France, who asked me to rethink the spatial identity of the brand, came at a very timely moment. I had already collaborated with Tai Ping for the realisation of several carpets when working with Patrick Jouin. But I hadn’t seen the full scope of the company’s activities, the extent of their savoir-faire, let alone be introduced to their remarkable history. During my first encounter with the team in Paris I learned about the life of this Irakian Jewish family, who in the 1950s emigrated from Iran to China after travelling across India, then England, before finally settling in Hong Kong during the cultural revolution and setting up a workshop that produced handmade carpets.

I discovered the existence of a hand gun for tufting carpets, invented by the Kadoorie family, who still own the company, that revolutionized the production of carpets and allowed manufacturing to grow on an international scale. And a few decades on, Tai Ping has become the leading Chinese luxury brand in the West. I had no idea that this company employs 4,000 staff – forty of which are based in France, including a dozen in-house designers – who are busy monitoring the custom made carpets that are made nearly 10,000 kilometres away, south of Shanghai. Naturally, for their new address in Paris, in the heart of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, I wanted to weave this history into the fabric of the building, while taking into account the primary use of the place: welcoming designers and their clients, stimulating their creativity, and accompanying them throughout their projects. So it wasn’t just about designing yet another showroom, like the dozen that exist in the neighbourhood, but rather a living space, into which each component participates – by their presence or function – in forging the identity and mission of the company. A custom designed place, for custom projects. Selling exceptional expertise and heritage requires a strong narrative dimension that I wanted to bring to the environment, to the furniture, and to the tools of the trade. And you can’t express the identity of Tai Ping without mentioning its origins, and similarly the links that they forged with the West long before the arrival of foreign companies in China. It still seems unlikely today that a Chinese company can base itself in Europe selling a high quality service, without causing a certain amount of mistrust.

The luxury market moves in one direction, which seems normal to us, but this wasn’t always the case. During the Age of Enlightenment, exoticism was all the rage, and the eyes of the West were riveted on Asia and its treasures. Fabrics, spices and porcelain from China that arrived via the Silk Route were a constant source of amazement, and stimulated the collective imagination. Studied and copied, these objects were embraced by passionate researchers, more often than not eager to discover the secret of producing porcelain. The competition was rude. Copying became common practise, and to bypass the Asian market France and England adapted Oriental shapes and motifs to Western tastes, rapidly giving rise to unexpected combinations of monkeys and dragons subtly mixed with cows and sheep. This cultural interbreeding was responsible for creating an entire chapter of history of art. They contributed to a general evolution of savoir-faire, born of the collective emulation, and learning from each other and elsewhere. So why not connect this period of openness and development of means of communication to our world, a kind of apotheosis of these domains? In any case this was my line of thinking when it came to shaping a common identity for the Hôtel de Livry and its new Chinese hosts. During my research on French chinoiserie I discovered a collection of drawings created by an artist at the court of Chantilly, whose work had fallen into oblivion. Inspired by Asian scenery, his incredibly bold watercolours seem to contain elements found in American Abstract Expressionism, even though they predate this period by two hundred years. I chose to base my inspiration around these motifs when creating the carpets for the new house of Tai Ping. Once we have reinterpreted these hybrid works they are sent to Nanhai, where a Chinese craftsman executes the final touches with his tufting pistol. Finally they return to France in the form of silk and wool carpets. They now cover the old parquet floor of the Hôtel de Livry, like a fine layer containing memories, that develop into new ideas with each passing day.

The Thread


Digital interface designed for Tai Ping, and developed by Louis Jean Teitelbaum

L’interface numérique Thread a été créée pour générer une nouvelle forme de collaboration entre Tai Ping et ses clients – designers, décorateurs ou prescripteurs. Conçue comme le prolongement virtuel du showroom, cette application permet à ses utilisateurs d'organiser leurs documents, de les partager et de les diffuser tout au long du projet, de la phase de conception au développement, jusqu’à la fabrication des tapis. Ainsi l'ensemble des informations, des échanges et des images liées à un projet s’agglomèrent dans cette mémoire virtuelle commune, accessible en réseau à chaque membre de l'équipe et qui devient, à la fin du projet, une archive précieuse et utile pour les futurs collaborations.

Thread contient aussi une bibliothèque virtuelle permettant à ses utilisateurs de découvrir, pour mieux les intégrer dans leur projet, les techniques, les matières et les couleurs disponibles.

Disponible en juin 2013.


De Livry à Hong-Kong,
à la croisée des chemins


Exhibition designed for the Designer's Days 2012, at Hotel de Livry

At the Crossroads Between Livry and Hong Kong

“Long ago, it was the Orient that descended, as if from a great light, towards the darker regions of the West, and with it religions, sciences, arts, all the wisdom and poetry.” Theophile Gautier, 1882.

The inauguration in 2012 of the new Tai Ping showroom in the Hôtel de Livry coincided with the “Identities” edition of Designer’s Days. Aside from the design of the new Parisian showroom, Ramy Fischler put forward an idea for an installation about the history of Chinoiserie. “It seemed obvious, to talk about an artisanal Chinese manufacture works setting up in an 18th century Parisian townhouse”. The designer, inspired by Oriental wonders, explored the relationship between France and China at the beginning of the century of the Enlightenment, their rivalry and mutual emulation in the arts and savoir-faire. In parallel to the collection of “Chinoiserie” rugs that he created for the occasion, he orchestrated an event that combined the exhibition of ancient objects, additions from historians, multimedia installations…


Tai Ping at Monaco Yacht Show


Pour le Monaco Yacht Show, 2012

Place de Colombie


Interior design and furniture of an apartment in Paris

The Place de Colombie apartment in Paris’ 16th arrondissement is my first solo foray into the world of interior design following ten years working with the designer Patrick Jouin and time at Villa Medicis in Rome. Since returning to Paris, I’ve been using an eclectic approach to design by fusing art, industry, craftsmanship, fantasy and reality. Interior design – or should I say decorative arts? – plays a key role in bringing harmony and evolution to my work. It drives creative growth and experimentation in a world where concepts that are so vital to our profession are becoming harder and harder to preserve. To me, designing an apartment or house is like running a research laboratory in that lots of different expertise works together to produce a unique piece that everyone has a part in. The Place de Colombie apartment is the result of a group of ideas and talents coming together as one.  

A chance encounter with the lucky owners formed the foundation of this 350m² worksite on the ground floor of a listed building named after its architect, “Walter”. Better known for his social housing and hospitals, Jean Walter designed this luxury Art Deco garden city in the 30s. The apartment has two floors, a garden and direct street access – a unique privilege for the building undoubtedly approved because of the former owner’s notoriety. The latter left the apartment period woodwork covering the walls in the living room and dining room. We have restored this woodwork and the Versailles parquet flooring that covers the fore section of the apartment. This prestigious pied à terre embodies Paris, is imbued with its history, respects its past yet is deeply rooted in the present and almost avant-garde in nature. The result? A delicate piece of composition and harmony, a concept that is classic, subtle, unexpected and even surprising at times. From the hallway to the kitchen, each space can be read like a chapter in a novel working its aesthetic and sensorial vocabulary without glossing over its technical feats or previous uncertainties: from the creation of the lacquered plaster shutter as if frozen in time and living room wall features that transform into a ceiling that then metamorphoses into a light. A few additional lights in the living room, a range of furniture tailor-made for the premises surrounding a bespoke semi-circular lacquered coffee table like the dining table. In the walk-in wardrobe - between the dining room, bathroom and long corridor to the kitchen – the wood parquet floor turns into engraved white paving finished with a thin layer of shiny and clear resin used in the apartment’s bathrooms. The atmosphere changes when you go down from the living room to the ground floor with garden views. Dutch silkscreen prints on wood conceal a desk or a suitcase whilst the fireplace shares a large sculpted setting with a TV hidden behind a mirror. The bedroom in this little suite opens onto the lounge and is enclosed by thick padded wall panels. Two bespoke bedside tables in moulded wood stand on either side of the bed. 

Tour CGM-CMA


Interior design and furniture for the executive floor of the tower

Objets Trouvés


Projet de recherche et exposition conçue à la Villa Médicis, Rome, 2010-2011

At the Villa Medici, Ramy Fischler devoted himself to the study of objects and spaces used for hosting residents and receiving members of the public. He also examined the phenomena of interaction and exchange that arise from the interplay between the varied cultural projects held at the Villa. This complex and continuously evolving issue raises many questions about the life of the institution, its form and its meaning.  The answer partly lies locked in history, in the buried memory of the building, its grounds and the accumulated, juxtaposed objects that collect, layer upon layer, year upon year.

Ramy Fischler’s installation assembled objects and information taken from the entire body of written documents, images and objects found by combing through the Villa, its reserves, its archives and its inventories. The objects chosen were brought together and presented in the ateliers that line the garden’s walkways. Visitors, equipped with headsets and maps, were invited to discover the objects and pieces of furniture through the atelier windows. The objects have been part of the day-to-day life and backdrop of the Villa, and begin to take on different meanings when accompanied by hitherto unheard stories about them. New light is shed on the objects’ history and provenance but most importantly on the emotional, symbolic or political role the object held or still holds today in the life of the institution. The exhibition provided a way for the Villa’s unique heritage to be understood from a different angle. The Villa holds the history of the Académie de France à Rome but is in a sense ‘condemned’ to develop and reinvent itself constantly in service of this living place of creation.


Poussin et Moïse


Scenography of the exhibition "Poussin et Moïse" at the Villa Medici

Quelques mois après l’arrivée de Ramy Fischler à la Villa Médicis, la mission Malraux prépare l’exposition des tapisseries de Nicolas Poussin, réalisées après la mort du peintre à partir de ses œuvres inspirées de la vie de Moïse. Le designer choisit de s’impliquer dans ce projet en concevant la scénographie de l’exposition, vivier d’expérimentations idéal pour appréhender la question de l’accueil et – dans tous les sens du terme –, du sens de la visite à la Villa. Des préoccupations au cœur de sa recherche à Rome.

L’exposition peut être un moyen d’expérimenter, en marge du sujet principal que sont les tapisseries, comment réunir l’histoire des artistes pensionnaires, des manufactures royales, et de l’académie en un dispositif d’accueil dédié aux visiteurs.

Le dispositif scénographique

Sur les supports qu’il a créés, Ramy Fischler propose du lien et du sens dans l’interstice laissé entre deux institutions qui vivent sous le même toit mais qui ne communiquent pas (l’organisation d’événements et d’expositions n’entrant jamais en résonnance avec l’accueil des pensionnaires).

Mise à distance / Les fils de laine

Ininterrompu du début à la fin du parcours, les fils de laines génèrent une continuité entre les différentes pièces de l’exposition et créent un lien avec l’édifice. Une manière d'exprimer l'affiliation du sujet traité avec les autres missions qu’abrite la Villa.

Grâce à ce traitement délicat, qui permet au public d’observer les couleurs à peine discernables dans les tapisseries tant le tissage est fin et subtil, le dispositif contraignant de la mise à distance ne perturbe pas la lecture de l’exposition. Au contraire, les fils de laine expriment une connivence avec les œuvres.

Les lutrins

Ces mobiliers présentoirs en tôle pliée qui ponctuent et rythment les différentes salles de l'exposition contiennent un texte explicatif ainsi qu’un carnet d'images. Chaque carnet illustre un point de vue d'historien sur les œuvres exposées. Des clefs de lecture y sont données pour appréhender les associations, les ressemblances ou les oppositions à déceler entre dessins, peintures et tapisseries de même thématique.

Les fanzines

Le format fanzine a permis à Ramy Fischler de rassembler le fruit de ses investigations en les faisant dialoguer avec une sélection d'ouvrages de la bibliothèque de la Villa (réservée aux chercheurs et aux pensionnaires), photographiés et imprimés en noir et blanc sur un papier journal. Autant d’éléments d’enquête à partir desquels il a construit des récits, tissé des liens, croisé des destinées que seule la Villa et Poussin ne pouvaient unir. Ils forment, chacun à leur manière, un fragment d’Histoire de France, perché sur la colline du Pincio.

Les greffes de table

C’est par la cafétéria que les visiteurs de l’exposition pénètrent dans le jardin pour prolonger leur parcours. Ce point de passage obligé a donné l’occasion à Ramy de travailler sur un des innombrables lieux où la moindre intervention doit être légitimée. Pourquoi certaines choses perdurent ? Pourquoi d’autres disparaissent ? Le fait qu’il n’y ait pas de place pour la discussion ou le consensus sur ces questions montre une absence de choix. Les greffes de table sont tout sauf un objet manifeste. Plutôt une greffe de culture dans une cafétéria réduite à sa plus simple 

Scenes from the Ghetto


Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris

World War II started with the invasion of Poland in September 1939. In the countries annexed to the East, the German army assembled the Jewish inhabitants in ghettos that rapidly became overpopulated and unsanitary. The ghettos were liquidated in 1942-1943, marking the first step in the genocide of Central European Jews and the inhabitants transported to death camps. Although the extermination process was put in place in great secrecy by the Nazi authorities, the first phase has, paradoxically, left considerable photographic documentation. Between 15,000 and 20,000 photographs were taken in the ghettos during World War II. What is the meaning of these pictures? Propaganda? Testimony? Resistance? Denunciation for History?

The answers may be found in the context of the photos as well as in the personality of the photographers.

The exhibition presents an historical analysis of the photographs from collections preserved all over the world including pictures from many different ghettos (aside from the large ghettos like Warsaw, Lodz or Kovno, more than 400 other ghettos existed). These photographs relate the history of the confinement and slow death of several millions of Jews in the ghettos.


L'accueil au Palais de Tokyo


nalysis conducted on the request of Palais de Tokyo, on visitor orientation and reception in the contemporary art center.

Coté Paris


décembre 2013

GQ


septembre 2013

Interior Design


Parution octobre 2013

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