FLAX Invite


  • Artist-in-residence: SMITH
  • Apr 1 - May 24, 2019
While in Los Angeles as grantee of Etant Donnés Residencies by FACE Foundation, Smith will be producing works for the exhibition Disederation, built in collaboration with Jean-Philippe Uzan, French astrophysiscist and cosmologist (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, Observatoire de Paris/CNRS). A first presentation will take place at MacVal (Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val de Marne, France) between March 26 and August 25, 2019. An exhibition of the works realized in Los Angeles will be held at the Filles du Calvaire gallery in Paris in Fall 2019.

“Disederation” is a made-up word, forged on the etymology of the word “desire”—itself built on the negation of the Latin term “Sideris”, which can mean constellation, or star. From this word derives “desideratum” which, in Latin, means both “regret” and desire”, implying that what one desires is lost, missing. The etymology then translates desideratio, desiderium as the nostalgia of a star, the regret of a lost star, the painful lack of a celestial object having disappeared.

A symptom of despair, that describes a “desiderate” humanity, that suffers from the lack of amazement, that is to say, of organic liv with the stars. A syndrome of the “lost twin”: an incosoloable nostalgia that only the aspiration of human to join the cosmos could fill. We seek to understand what would be the central object of the irreprisble human melancholy. We are in search of our lost infinity, of this spatial immensity which we seek to fill to stabilize ourselves in the earthly world. Thus, it is only by hybridizing ourselves with space, by reinfecting into ourselves a little of the infinity that composes us and whose lack is eating away it is, that we hope to find serenity. This hybridization will have to go through our mutation, in order to build a half-human, half-comes organism, view the implantation inside our organism of the first molecules forged in the solar porto-system, found on meteorites. This surgical act will allow any desiderate to absorb the infinite and renew its primordial link to the cosmos, and to mutate into “cosmorgs” for “cosmic organism”—a human who has received a cosmic transplant, a sidereal implant. A meteoritic organism, hybrid of cosmos and living.