With Léopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide (Bureau A)
Matza Amboy residency

Installation, five faces pyramid distilling fresh water, 160 x 170 cm, concrete bench in shape of a cristal of salt, 180 x 55 x 30 cm, windmill and neon bar translating the wind in morse, video 7′ loop, 2016.

Deserts possess a particular magic, since they have exhausted their own futures, and are thus free of time. Anything erected there, a city, a pyramid, a motel, stands outside time. It’s no coincidence that religious leaders emerge from the desert. Modern shopping malls have much the same function. A future Rimbaud, Van Gogh or Adolf Hitler will emerge from their timeless wastes.
J.G. Ballard, The exhibition atrocity.

Amboy, California, is a town located on the old 66 road in the heart of the mojave desert. Gaz station, post office, trailers, abandoned motel and no fresh water. The ghost town has stories of murders and satanic cults and since the town is at 3 hours from L.A, it’s a recurrent background for Hollywood movies. In front and behind the town, the beige and hot desert continues. The devil’s peak (in beige) is an installation composed of a glass pyramid distilling fresh water from the salty water lying beneath the ground in the primitive bristol lake, a concrete bench in shape of a crystal of salt and a windmill, lightning a neon bar translating the wind in morse language. The installation works as an attempt to translate both the hostile environment and landscape and the fiction narrative surrounding the ghost town.

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Amboy en Californie, est une ville située sur la vieille route 66, au coeur du désert de Mojave. Station service, bureau de poste, mobile-homes et motel abandonné sont présents mais pas d’eau potable. La ville fantôme possède ses histoires de meurtres et de cultes sataniques et à seulement 3h de Los angeles est devenue un arrière plan recurrent de films Hollywoodiens. Avant et après  la ville, l’étouffant désert beige s’étend. The Devil’s Peak (in beige), est une installation composée d’une pyramide à 5 faces distillant de l’eau potable en puisant l’eau salée du lac primitif sous terre, d’un banc en béton reprenant la forme d’un cristal de sel et d’une éolienne reliée à un néon qui transcode le vent en language morse.