Suzanne Treister
2013-16

Bordeaux/Garonne Public Art Project

Les vaisseaux de Bordeaux: L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction
The Spaceships of Bordeaux: The Observatory/Science-Fiction Library

Grand Équatorial, observatoire de Floirac

Descriptif : 6 vitrines en bois contenant des livres.

Localisation : intérieur du Grand Équatorial de l'observatoire de Floirac

Usages : monument historique (visites guidées) Maintenance entretien : Bordeaux Métropole

Interlocuteurs : Mairie de Floirac, DRAC (Bâtiments de France), Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux (UMR CNRS-UB1 / Observatoire Aquitain des Sciences de l'Univers) Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux / Mission commande artistique


Interior with library bookcases and telescope

Concept : In order to represent and allow further exploration of ideas embedded in The Spaceship, ideas to do with science fiction, outer space, the universe, theories of future technologies, of dystopias and utopias; and both current and historical debates about advanced technological societies embedded in The Well and narratives of possible futures, I had the idea for a third part of the work, to make a physical triangle, a triptych, across the city and on both sides of the river, to embody these ideas and discussions.

This would be a second pavilion, higher up in the city and on the other side of the Garonne, which would be a library of science fiction. It would include both current and historical works from a diverse range of science fiction writers, some of whom were/are also political thinkers. It seemed perfect to have at the centre of this pavilion a telescope, so that audiences can physically see into outer space at the same time as reading from the books. This was the idea for The Observatory/Science-Fiction Library.

Instead of building a new pavilion from scratch it is proposed to use an existing observatory, the Grand Equatorial de l'observatoire de Floirac.

The Observatory Library will contain books by Mary Shelley, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Jules Verne, Jerome K. Jerome, H. G. Wells, Jack London, Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, John Wyndham, Clifford D. Simak, Ayn Rand, Robert A. Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, Pierre Boulle, Anthony Burgess, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter, Doris Lessing, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, Stanislaw Lem, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Philippe Curval, Ursula le Guin, Joanna Russ, Larry Niven, Margaret Atwood, Samuel R. Delany, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, Ann Leckie, David Mitchell, Ada Palmer and Malka Older.

L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 01/Mary Shelley (1797-1851) - H. G.Wells (1886-1946) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 02/H. G. Wells (1886-1946) - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 03/ George Orwell (1903-1950) - Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 04/Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 05/Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)- Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 06/Arthur C.Clarke (1917-2008)
L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 07/Doris Lessing (1919-2013 - Isaac Asimov (1919/20-1992) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 08/Isaac Asimov (1919/20-1992) - Frank Herbert(1920-1986) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 09/Frank Herbert(1920-1986) - Stanislaw Lem(1921-2006)
L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 10/Stanislaw Lem(1921-2006) - Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 11/Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) - Ursula Le Guin (1929 - ) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 12/Ursula Le Guin (1929 - ) - Larry Niven(1938- )
L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 13/Margaret Atwood (1939- ) - William Gibson (1948- ) L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 14/
William Gibson (1948- ) - Bruce Sterling (1954- )
L'observatoire/Bibliothèque de science-fiction 15/Bruce Sterling (1954- ) - Malka Older
Alternative proposals :    
Observatory pavilion at Parc Palmer, Cenon
Interior with bookshelves and telescope
Location map, Parc Palmer, Cenon
Observatory pavilion at Parc Palmer, Cenon
visualisation by Éric Troussicot - architecte
Interior with spiral library - plan and elevation - by Éric Troussicot

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