On the occasion of EPFL’s distinctive 50th year, ArtLab celebrates the campus and its histories with bifold exhibitions. The Infinity Room projects are stimulated by the concept of ∞ honouring the scientific spirit for ideas without bounds.
The photographs in the book "Perspectives on EPFL" through an augmented staging
Infinity Room I reflects this intention through the lens of three contemporary photographers: Olivier Christinat, Bogdan Konopka and Catherine Leutenegger. The photographs in the book "Perspectives on EPFL" are presented in this exhibition through an augmented staging.
Each artist undertook extended residencies in campus-wide explorations that took place throughout 2018. The results are penetrating images encapsulating the expressive energy of people at work, the multifaceted dimensions of science in the making and a striking architectural presence that has come to define the campus worldwide.
Christinat captured over 10,000 impressions of daily life and from this multitude of images rescues back for us salient views of the social. Seeking an elusive and vanishing light, Konopka meticulously arrested architectural forms onto light-sensitive silver salt emulsions. And Leutenegger infiltrated the microscopic worlds of science to expose the intricate objects of research.
The timely imprints in Infinity Room I were originally commissioned as a book by the EPFL President Martin Vetterli, conceived in collaboration with Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne. Through an experimental staging of Perspectives on EPFL at ArtLab, these photographs find new form. By moving 'outside of the frame' this assemblage of augmented perspectives and juxtapositions offer us fresh spaces for interpretation and sources for celebration.