BETC Paris has announced the 'Futures of Love' exhibition to commemorate Magasins généraux Season #2. Settled in the near future, 'Futures of Love' brings together forty international artists who look into the possible development of love and sexuality in relation to new technology, progress in science, and changes in practices, customs, and ideas.
'Futures of Love' marks the second cultural season at Magasins Généraux - the new hub for creativity and culture founded by BETC and located in Pantin at the heart of Greater Paris. Last summer, for the centre’s first cultural season Par amour du jeu 1998-2018, explored the links between creativity, football and society over the last twenty years, and attracted over 30,000 visitors. The curators are Anna Labouze and Keimis Henni.
21 June - 20 October 2019
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon - 9:00pm
Seasonal closing from 5 - 26 August 2019
Designed as a sensory journey, the 'Futures of Love' exhibition route is a labyrinth, spread over 1000 sqm. Corridors, alcoves and immersive environments host the exhibited works and punctuate the exhibition’s layout. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, multimedia installations and performances ensure 'Futures of Love' is a truly groundbreaking multimedia exhibition.
The artists approach everything from first dates arranged by way of algorithms, to the dematerialisation, commodification, robotisation and fluidity of our amorous and carnal relations. The artworks also explore the impact of science on new sexual reproduction methods and synthesising love.
Between dystopia, fantasy and hope, the exhibition is spread over eight chapters, each one exploring a potential future of love.
From 21 June 2019, Magasins généraux will host a three week-long outdoor festival to complement the 'Futures of Love' exhibition.
Concerts, DJ sets, workshops, canal cruises, bar, food trucks and pop-up restaurants are produced in collaboration with DOCK B, Le Barboteur and the City of Pantin.
The festival will take place at the foot of Magasins généraux, at the newly opened terrace of the DOCK B restaurant on the Place de la Pointe at the banks of the Ourcq canal.
DJ sets and concerts
Each week, from Wednesday to Sunday, Magasins généraux presents a series of DJ sets and live shows. The events bring together a selection of artists and collectives across house, techno, disco and urban music. Each performer has been given carte blanche to seize the theme of futures of love, and to create a fun, free and inclusive party.
The programme closes on Sunday 7 July 2019 with a musical cruise down the Ourcq canal, in partnership with L'Été du Canal.
Also accompanying the exhibition is a public workshop program tailored to all audiences and designed to imagine love in the future. The programme is curated by Anaïs Montevecchi, founder of Galeries pour tous and Décodeur de l’Art. In the pipeline are creative, dance, speed dating, debates, mixology and writing sessions.
Throughout the festival, tattoos, make-up, nail art, cartomancy or massage activities will be provided.
The 'Futures of Love' conference brings together a lineup of diverse stakeholders, such as artists, researchers, writers, journalists, psychologists, sociologists, futurists or entrepreneurs, around eight conversations that cover the chapters of the exhibition.
Opening night is Friday 21st of June from 6pm with free entry.