Mon SuperKilomètre est une proposition artistique, contextuelle et urbanistique, qui fut d’abord présentée lors de la Biennale de Dak’Art, en 2018.
Empruntant son nom au numéro d’un vol vers le Cameroun, STUDIO UY077 a imaginé une installation urbaine qui connecte différentes communautés de travail ou de passion.
Désormais déployé sur un axe bardé de monuments prestigieux et souvent déserté la nuit, un kilomètre de rubans dorés relie l’Esplanade des Invalides aux Champs-Élysées, en passant par le pont Alexandre III. Le long de ce symbole d’identification et de rassemblement, toutes sortes d’activités sont programmées afin de mixer sur le vif culture contemporaine et patrimoine historique. Sport aux règles réinventées, institutions artistiques, concert électro, odeurs de Food trucks ou tournois de rollers-derbies néo-féministes rythment une balade faite de rencontres, et composent les conditions d’une fabrique du commun.
My super kilometer * is an artistic, contextual and urbanistic proposal, which was first presented at the Dak'Art Biennale in 2018.
Borrowing its name from the number of a flight to Cameroon, STUDIO UY077 imagined an urban installation that connects different communities of work or passion.
Now deployed on an axis lined with prestigious monuments and often deserted at night, one kilometer of golden ribbons connects the Esplanade des Invalides to the Champs-Elysées, via the Alexandre III bridge. Along this symbol of identification and gathering, all kinds of activities are programmed to mix on the alive culture contemporary and historical inheritance. Sports with reinvented rules, artistic institutions, electro concert, food truck smells or neo-feminist roller-derby tournaments punctuate a walk made of encounters, and compose the conditions of a factory of the common.
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation is delighted to support MSK at this year’s Dak’Art Biennale. The project perpetuates our goal of making first-rate art accessible to the broadest possible audience, and out of the elite domain of museums
MSK also provides ample evidence of Anni and Josef Albers’s belief that useful objects can enhance life just as “fine art” does. MSK realizes that faith with rare elegance and style. Much of the work exemplifies Anni Albers’s love of “starting at zero,” as well as Josef Albers’s ardent belief in “minimal means for maximum effect.”
The use of cotton hand-dyed by the Senegalese couturiers Maam Samba to create this wall of sky along the median honors one of the main goals of the Albers Foundation in Senegal. Maam Samba, based in a rural community, employs hundreds of people to create beautiful cotton objects. You will also see representations of work done at Thread, our artists’ residencies and cultural center in rural Tambacounda, and other examples of creative work done in the Tambacounda region, including hand-woven, natural fiber shade structures. There is also work by Tamba’s Salio Diop, a remarkable sculptor who uses found materials and directs a cultural house of his own, Bankuba Art. Neggadou, a rapper and leader in Tambacounda who has started a garden project in urban areas to combat clandestine immigration, which he calls Art’Griculture, is here as well. Throughout the Medina neighborhood and MSK’s film programming, you will encounter the work of Giovanni Hänninen and Alberto Amoretti. Matthias Persson, a participant in the international artists’ residency program at Thread, developed, when he was there, a project that incorporated meandering lines through the village; for MSK, he has taken this idea in a new direction. The photographs of Dakar nightlife in the 1960s by Roger Da Silva are also featured, and fit into the range of the Albers Foundation’s commitment to the culture of Senegal.
We congratulate the MSK team’s call to promote “nous dans nous” (“the we in us.”) Supporting this wonderful project in a local Dakar neighborhood alongside this international Biennale, which we do with great honor, continues our wish to make thread-like linkages and connection with the wonderful country of Senegal in its myriad aspects.