Constructing and Transforming Contemporary Art in Paris

Constructing and Transforming Contemporary Art in Paris

The Parc de la Villette is a multipurpose Parisian center that often hosts offbeat musical, artistic and cultural events. From April 17 until August 25, 2013, it will present the result of a collaboration between a Japanese artist named Tadashi Kawamata and the inhabitants of Paris.

Kawamata's installation is called 'Collective Folie,' and it has manifested itself as a giant wooden tower constructed by university and high school students as well as residents from the neighborhood surrounding the Parc de la Villette. With the continual help of those who participate in various workshops that will take place throughout the installation's run, this tower will repeatedly mutate and transform, under the direction of Kawamata.

Anyone who wants to can participate in one of these transformative workshops, as long as they are over the age of 12 years old. The workshops will be filmed for a documentary project, so participants have the possibility of being immortalized on film as they create art in this unique experiment. Workshop members will pick up tools and planks of wood in order to contribute to the construction and deconstruction of this work of art. 'Collective Folie' is more than just an art piece on display, it is an invitation to become a part of the artistic process.

Workshops are planned for May, June, July and August. Visitors must make a reservation by phone (+33 1 40 03 75 75) in order to participate, but participation is free of charge. Even those who do not wish to actively contribute should make sure to check out this one-of-a-kind and perpetually changing tower at the Parc de la Villette.

Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can see this open-air installation while also enjoying the other activities offered by the Parc de la Villette, like concerts and dance performances, in a natural setting next to the Canal de l'Ourcq.