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The Environment-Bubble by François Dallegret with François Perrin and Dimitri Chamblas


For Performa 17 (New York), François Dallegret’s provocative, unrealized structure initially designed to challenge architecture is brought to life for the first time by architect François Perrin, setting it free to roam around the city and host public dance workshops with choreographer Dimitri Chamblas.


A widely influential blueprint designed in 1965 by Canadian architect François Dallegret, “The Environment-Bubble” is brought to life for the first time. Initially envisioned as a flexible, temporary dome that would transform our modes of living, the “Bubble” became a reference point for generations of architects questioning their discipline and seeking a radical dissolution of public and private spaces. For Performa 17, Dallegret collaborates with architect François Perrin and choreographer Dimitri Chamblas, to turn the inflatable structure into an active site of intellectual and physical engagement with free daily dance workshops, open to the public.


The Environment-Bubble by François Dallegret, a collaboration with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin. Co-curated by Charles Aubin and François Perrin. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Robert M. Rubin, the Performa Commissioning Fund, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Presented in partnership with CalArts Dance.


French-born Canadian architect François Dallegret (b. 1937, Morocco) studied at Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts in the 1960s before exhibiting his work at Iris Clert Gallery with the likes of Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, and Arman. His early “mechanical drawings” took the form of industrial design sketches that playfully explored the relationship between man and machine by depicting cars, rockets, and spaceships, as well as hardware stores and futuristic kitchens as cybernetic interactive mechanisms.  In Dallegret’s early drawings, architecture was conceived as a customized environment in a constant state of flux able to be regulated by various devices. After being introduced to the influential architecture critic Reyner Banham, Dallegret moved to the United States in 1965 and collaborated with Banham on his seminal text “A Home Is Not a House” published in Art in America that same year. In 1967, Dallegret was invited to take part in Montreal’s Expo 67 and afterward remained in Canada. His work in Montreal is epitomized in the club, “Le Drug,” a hybrid venue featuring a restaurant, discotheque, bookstore, drugstore, and gallery, conceived as an organic, sensual environment. Dallegret’s work has been shown internationally including the CCA in Montreal, V&A Museum (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, US). Other recent exhibitions include the Architectural Association in London and the most recent Istanbul design biennial.


François Perrin (b. 1968, Paris) is a French-American architect and curator who lives and works in Los Angeles. His architectural practice focuses on site and climate-specific projects, and as a curator Perrin explores the interaction of art and architecture. He previously taught at Art Center College of Design, Cal Poly Pomona, Sci-ARC and UCLA and has lectured at Columbia University, MAK Vienna, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Université de Montréal, and Paris Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. Perrin received his professional degree from Ecole d’Architecture Paris La Seine. He has exhibited his work at the FRAC Centre, UCLA, and MOCA. He has organized the exhibition and edited the publication Yves Klein: Air Architecture (Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2005), Xavier Veilhan’s Architectones project, and a retrospective on architect François Dallegret. His work is included in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Born in 1974 in Saint-Didier (France), Dimitri Chamblas is the newly appointed Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts. Trained in dance at Paris Opera’s ballet school, Chamblas co-founded the dance company edna, in 1992 with Boris Charmatz, as a way to explore new experimental dance formats. Together, they choreographed and danced the duet À bras le corps (1993), and shot the film Les Disparates (1994). In 1993, Chamblas began dancing for choreographers including Régine Chopinot, Emmanuelle Huynh, and Mathilde Monnier. Throughout his career, Chamblas has collaborated with various artists including Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Andy Goldsworthy, as well as composers such as Heiner Goebbels. Chamblas joined the Paris Opera under Benjamin Millepied’s leadership, where he directed “Troisième Scène,” a digital platform dedicated to commissioning films by visual artists, choreographers, actors, and writers. Among others, participants include Bertrand Bonello, Bret Easton Ellis, and William Forsythe.


Performances will be held inside the bubble, on Mineral Springs Lawn (located north of Sheep Meadow), the 8th and 9th november

© 1965 François Dallegret (dessin)
© 1965-2017 François Dallegret (photos)