Tape Paris is a part of an extensive group exhibition titled “Inside”, which has taken up residence in the Parisian Palais de Tokyo until January 2015. Conceptualised and produced by Berlin-based art collective Numen / For Use, the curatorial concept deals with the idea of self and immersion. Participants examine the territory of both physical and psychological interiority through the act of exploration.
The whole building transforms into a biomorphic installation which is strangely hypnotic in my opinion, as the installation pulsates whenever participants move through the dense maze of scotch tape. Yes the entire installation is made with scotch tapes with several openings at each sides. Participants trek through slippery inner of the installation invoking a sense of adventure and the unknown. The installation also largely reminded me of the 1966 sci-fi film titled “Fantastic Voyage”. A very similar vibe both the film and the installation share is the exploration of new territory inside one self and discovering the things that you might not have known that is innate.
It took twelve people ten days to wrap-up the concrete pillars in the great entrance hall of Palais de Tokyo into a maze of accessible translucent passageways, which coil 50 meters through the gallery space and reach the total height of 6 metres.
Numen/For Use is a collective working in the fields of conceptual art, scenography, industrial and spatial design. The team also has created similar immersive installations like Net Berlin, Tuft Zurich and String Vienna.
Image Source: numen.eu