Temple of Love by Gaëlle Choisne
ongoing practice-based research project on recycling, art and architecture since 2018
Temple of Love is a collaborative project elaborated by the architect Moritz Maria Karl, the art curator Thomas Conchou and artist Gaëlle Choisne, seeking to develop artistic, architectural and pedagogical practices through the prism of social, economic and ecological considerations and responsibilities. It wishes to develop innovative recycling practices within an architectural and artistic project that engages citizens and cultural workers alike to acquire new habits towards their immediate environment, raises awareness on plastic waste and opens new horizons for the reuse of such materials.
Temple of Love intends to produce sculptural architectures made with reused plastic materials, which can simultaneously be a space for encounters, meetings, exchange, craft-making, as well as artistic and pedagogical activities. Plastic, an essential element in the advent of mass production since the 1960s, invited consumers to imagine a new utilitarian and futuristic world of infinite production. In response, plastic pollution and the failure of this short-term vision invite us today to reflect on ways of reusing this environmentally highly harmful material.
Temple of Love has undergone various iterations, first as exhibitions: in Bétonsalon in Paris, during the fall 2018, then in Warsaw at the National Zacheta Art Gallery (PL) and in Los Angeles (US) at The Mistake Room, leading to knowledge production, skills sharing, collective experiences and experiments intersecting the fields of art, architecture, social activism, community organizing and worldbeing.