Peter Halley : Heterotopia I (ep. 1)

Peter Halley, Heterotopia I. With artworks by Lauren Clay, Andrew Kuo and R.M. Fischer. Curated by Gea Politi and Flash Art. Film by María Inés Arrillaga, produced with support from Xippas galleries. ©Peter Halley and María Inés Arrillaga.

In 2019, during the Venice Biennale, Peter Halley has created Heterotopia I, an architectural environment which, inspired by Michel Foucault’s text Espaces Autres, made multiple timelines and spaces coexist. The installation took a form of a temple-like House, with seven chambers inside. There were: an Egyptian chamber, referencing Nefertari’s tomb; a labyrinth chamber filled with colorful fireworks of explosions; a temple-like chamber with golden columns, a philosophical riddle and a pool; an eerie chapel of technology with multiple grids mysteriously glowing like thousands of screens – thousands of eyes of the Big Brother. Three remaining rooms were designed by the artists that Peter Halley has invited to participate in the project: a diagrammatic room imagined by Andrew Kuo, a marble palace with a cenotaph by Lauren Clay, and the last room, in which one would find a sci-fi sculpture by R.M. Fischer that could be as well a space ship, dug up in an archeological exploration. The show was produced by Flash Art magazine and curated by Gea Politi.