Since 2000, the Centre Pompidou has shown the winners of the Prix Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, awarded each year to an outstanding representative of the younger generation of French artists.
The winner is chosen by a jury of art-collectors and friends of the art museums from among the artists selected for an exhibition at the Fondation by a curator of the Fondation's choice. The winning work is purchased by the Fondation and presented to the Musée National d'Art Moderne.
Since the mid-1990s, Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus have developed an art intimately related to architecture, centred on environmental analysis, housing design and spatial planning.
7ème continent is a light installation consisting of a hemisphere of plexiglas illuminated by daylight-identical fluorescent tubes governed by an electronic control. The frontiers between the real and the imaginary dissolve in the blazing glow of this captivating sun, inviting meditation and reflection.
"At 3,500 lux and above, light brings an additional benefit: an almost complete halt to the production of melatonin, a natural soporific secreted by the pineal gland when we are in darkness. This advantageously substitutes for a strong coffee in facilitating the shift from the sleeping to the waking state." Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus.
Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus's 7ème continent now joins those of previous winners of the Prize, since 1999 - Didier Marcel, Natacha Lesueur, Tatiana Trouvé, Boris Achour, Matthieu Laurette, Mircea Cantor, Loris Gréaud and Vincent Lamouroux - in the collection of Musée National d'Art Moderne.
Born in 1968 and in 1969
Live ens work in Marseille and Paris
Villa Médicis Hors les Murs
Dreamland, FRAC Basse Normandie, Caen
Que diriez-vous d'un supplément de vie, Lieu Unique, Nantes
1602, Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
mi(e)s conception, iconoscope, Montpellier ; Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
Nice to meet you, Mamac, Nice
Close up, Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
Nébuleuses, Grenoble, L.I.A
Archi-peinture, Le plateau, Paris ; Camden Arts center, Londres
La Force de l'art, Grand Palais, Paris
Sudden Impact, Le Plateau, coll.FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris
I've heard about (projet R&sie avec Benoit Durandin), Couvent des Cordeliers Paris
Prix Altadis, Galerie Lelong, Paris et Galerie Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Espagne
Architecture, their main field of research, is lived and felt mostly as an adventure of mind and spirit. They ceaselessly question the senses through utopias, scientific evaluations, habits and presuppositions, to invent worlds to live in or to flee at all cost. Their vision projects possible worlds based on scientific facts, futuristic universes, or modernist ideals, and inject their corollaries: well-being, absurdities, totalitarianisms. "Their systems are in turn hostile and redemptive, well-meaning or/and noxious prosthetics. Berdaguer and Péjus lay out a mental and psychological mapping of mankind, while developing a critical anticipation of new technologies, of sciences that create utopia as well as paranoia".