Fontaine Grise

heading the workshop with students from UQAM

 

in the frame of design international 2013, invited by Celine Poisson 

 

 

 

Bildschirmfoto 2013-12-02 um 14.20.57

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fontaine grise is a workshop on site in the UQAM in montreal. end of april 2013 we examined the public spaces of the city and searched for fountains. the fountain can be seen as a public gift, a celebration of joy and an offer of the element in a most aesthetic way.

the group of students went into redesigning an addition to the existing 1970s / 80s architecture of concrete and eternal solution. the existring fountain was of concrete and only very few months of the year it really works. what about all the other months and weeks? are we happy looking at a grey fountain with no water for most of the year? the workshop produced an ephemeral layer that suggests, things are not entirely what they seem to be, can change, be appropriated, can take in more and can provide more.

this extension of the reality of architecture can be achieved with small means, but with good spirit and a dynamic group and a week of action together.

the workshop “fontaine grise” was done in the design week of UQAM 2013.

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Fontaine grise

Hubert Aquin

Dans la nuit du 27 août 1947

 

Fontaine de la vie tu n’abreuves point

mes soifs innombrables

tu creuses des brûlures rougissantes

sur ma gorge indécise

 

Je gémis de soif

sous tes jets impuissants

 

Fontaine de Satan je vomis haut dans le ciel

tes effroyables parfums

je crache tes solitudes effarantes

et tes joies de mirage

et tes voliptės sans sommeil

 

Ma bouche languissante se dérobe

à tes hypocrisies lubriques

 

Mais dis-moi grise fontaine

ou puises-tu tant de laideur

et de si beaux mensonges

d’où te vient ce philtre multiple

qui soulage les vaincus

et assasine les fronts vierges

 

Laisse s’égouter encor un moment

ton venin mortuaire

breuvage immonde des âmes seules

pitié pour les faibles

pitié pour les agonisants

 

Nous avons bu de ton eau

fontaine de Satan

et nous nous suicidons de soif

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