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

Dust to *dust / part 1

Arti en Amicitiae, Amsterdam 2018

Dust to *dust / part 2

Arti en Amicitiae, Amsterdam 2018

Dust to *dust / maps

Arti en Amicitiae, Amsterdam 2018

Raise

(artist book, 2018)

Sans Réponse

(artist book, 2018)

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

(excerpts of Sans Réponse, 2018)

Jacques – Sans Réponse

Sound composition by Cécile Tafanelli
2018
(text excerpts of personal notes, poems and lists from Jacques Bourlanges' archive)

Reccurring patterns

(excerpts of Sans Réponse, 2018)

Unfolding Archive box #8