Royal Garden 4
Artists: Dove Allouche, Luc Aubort, Jean-Pierre Criqui, Carla Demierre, Gilles Furtwängler, Jean-Paul Felley and Olivier Kaeser, Jérémie Gindre, Alain Huck, François Kohler, Claire Le Restif, Mark Luyten, Federica Martini, Damián Navarro, Véronique Portal, Didier Rittener, Benjamin Stroun.
Graphic design: Jérémy Muratet-Decker
Coding: Jérémy Muratet-Decker
Curatorship: Federica Martini and Didier Rittener
Royal Garden is an online extension of Crédac’s artistic project. Borrowing its title from the futuristic restaurant directed by Jacques Tati in Playtime, Royal Garden is a shaggy artistic project, a place for the production of multidisciplinary meaning, an exquisite critical, theoretical and artistic corpse.
Royal Garden had 10 seasons between 2008 and 2018.
Rivers wear away and make memory visible. Rivers includes works in the fine arts, sound, film and literature that form an open continuum, a series of possible imaginary actions.
At the outset of this project there is a list (reproduced on the following page). After taking part in Le Travail de Rivière (The Work of the River) at Crédac in 2009, Rittener indeed began compiling a list of works in the visual arts, music and literature that refer to rivers, like some endless task of getting back to the beginning, the origin. This work of returning to, reviving and extending a past exhibition is fairly rare and joins up with the ideal, labyrinthine form of Royal Garden.
Rittener opted for subjectivity over exhaustiveness and his list was brought to an end with the help of Federica Martini. It also became the invitation that was extended to those taking part in Royal Garden 4, the «riverbed», as it were.
This list is also the first of twenty iterations of Royal Garden 4, whose dynamic interactive interface suggests a stream at the surface of which the various individual projects flow off in a random fashion.
Royal Garden is made possible through support from the Region Ile-de-France.