Exhibition at "Les Champs Libres" in Rennes from 25 March until 28 August 2016.
Les Champs Libres exhibition is a “wandering or an urban reverie” based on thoughts about urban development. Drawings, lms and photographs, research models and life-sized prototypes are set out around twenty proposals that re-invent certain “urban motifs” : vines, torches, parasols, a raised stream,
a kiosque etc. These propositions are Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s rst projects that concentrate on public spaces.
Les Champs Libres exhibition presents ongoing research: open and abundant research, a “pragmatic reverie” that is designed to exist in public spaces, perhaps in Rennes. Some people may nd the exhibition perturbing or surprising because, up until now, urban development was never our subject. I like being in that position. Over the past 20 years I think our best propositions were linked to subjects
for which we were not particularly prepared.
Les Champs Libres project was built “from a certain distance”, which is our normal way of working. In our work, no project is dedicated to a particular person or place. At les Champs Libres, the exhibition brings together propositions for developing public spaces that apply equally as well to Rennes as they could to Copenhagen.
In fact, all of these principles have the advantage of having an element of abstraction. They reply to a question that is not completely clear. It is in this vacuum that
our propositions could be potentially re-imagined “on site”.