Vivien Roubaud was born in 1986. He lives and works in Brussels.

The artist aims to extract unusable qualities or properties hidden in the objects that surround us in our daily life. The active cohabitations that he orchestrates often clash, adopting precarious and unstable equilibriums. Bypassing functionalities and disorganising savoir-faire are goals that require him to adopt a distanced view. Dust or pollen, printer or freezer parts are brought into play to create hybrid installations, which often maintain a tenuous dependence on fragile technical solutions. Often his creations recreate micro phenomenon or microcosms.

In the work presented in FIAC On Site at the Petit Palais, Vivien Roubaud artificially brings together all of the natural conditions favourable to the formation of a stalactite. The stalactite is an encapsulated natural event, sampled from old buildings and assisted by a machine that perpetuates the leakage. The phenomenon is fragile and its formation is too slow to be observed.

CUIVRE, POMPE, CONCRÉTION CALCAIRE, EAU, DOUZE VOLTS, 2016
FIAC Projects 2016

Water, copper, peristaltic pump, limestone concretion levied in cities, controller, battery, check valve, pressure regulator.
212 x 63 x 63 cm
In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Photo: Marc Domage

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