Since it’s early days, the work of Nicolas Moulin is dedicated to the exploration and the representation of urban architectural utopies and the Dystopian landscapes that result from it. Through these faked photographies and images of hybrid landscapes, he questions the notion of reality and its perception, as well as the Historical memory through the representation and the projections we create of our future. Indeed, there is no futuristic vision whitout first acknowledging the basis on which it is build. Therefore, in an ironic paradox, this futuristic notion becomes obsolete as soon as the vision takes form.
Moreover and paradoxically, technical progress linked to the massive informatisation of our societies has generated an acceleration of History. Breaking up yesterday’s linearity and transforming it into something spherical hence global, space and time shifts now operate without any hierarchy anymore, in a total entropy. In past uchronian times, the question of futurism as a form of archaism becomes obsolete, neither does it in a brutalistic ideology.
The non-realisation of XXth century megalomaniac projects assures them a permanence through time and gives them a spectral omnipresence. As Le Corbusier used to say, the notion of progress in brutalism is to «keep on building as in middle ages, but bigger, thanks to concrete ».
From middle ages to our times, Nicolas Moulin looks more deeply into obsolescent concepts such as the already shown 2008 installation « Goldbarrgorod » and in his 2010 movie « Interlichtenstagespentereinzuladendarandenken ».
For his new solo exhibition in Valentin gallery, Nicolas Moulin suggests, once again, to launch us into a technical and representative universe, through false archives of architectural drawings conceived in an hybridization logic and a technical regression.
Through these « true-false » photographies, the artist takes us into a new phase of his work, getting closer and closer to a personal reflexion brutalistic architecture and fallen utopies.