A project by Marie Ilse Bourlanges & Elena Khurtova

Since 2014, the artists duo researches and intervenes with the found archive of Jacques Bourlanges, author of an intriguing theory of a correlation between star constellations and French geography. His investigation connects esoteric symbols with long forgotten history of villages and mountain names by mirroring geometric figures of stars onto the French landscape. With his passing away in 1991, he left an archive of twenty-four boxes, that waited in oblivion until 2013. It contains an overwhelming abundance of notes, carefully organised in self-made folders, geometric drawings and a profusion of maps overlapped with mysterious lines.

This project is generously supported by the Mondriaan fund and Stichting Stokroos.

Finding the archive
Opening the archive

Residency at Atelier Holsboer, Paris, 2014

I don't like you and I don't like weaving

(Sans Réponse, 2018)

Reccurring patterns

(Sans Réponse, 2018)

Unfolding Archive box #8
Casting the archive
Looking at maps
First X-Rays of the maps
Bone China folders
'Cephea's chanting stones' at Paleis van Mieris
Encyclopédie de la Divination