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LUXEMBOURG. PERÙ. Project residency Latsempoar by Daniel Jacoby at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain
14/03/2012 09:17:46

Daniel Jacoby, a Peruvian (born in Lima, 1985), was invited to Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain for the winter residency (from January to March 2012). His project’s point of departure was the creation of a Golden Record of the Grand Duchy. This kind of record, in the image of those produced by NASA in the 1970s, is meant to contain information to represent life on Earth, intended for any extraterrestrial life form who might find it. On the basis of this purely symbolic concept of the image of a place – and in view of the minute probability that these records will, in fact, be discovered – Daniel Jacoby wanted to create an imaginary, fictional Luxembourg, with creative natives involved in its conception.

For the project’s first phase, Daniel Jacoby worked with five young professionals from five different fields of creation: photographer Sarah Capesius, 3D designer Serge Ecker, writer Alexandre Hornbeck, graphic designer Mik Muhlen, and composer Gilles Noesen. This network of associates had to contribute to the elaboration of a fictional story, through their individual fields of competence. During his project, the Project Room @ “Aquarium” became his research office where fiction took form and was tested.

Completion of the conception phase materialised with the participants’ departure and the end of the creative think tank. The many material testimonies—written notes, diagrams, music samples, image fragments, sculptured objects—are material traces left in the “Aquarium” at the symbolic closure of the office, tangible milestones in this quest for a fictional Luxembourg or Latsempoar.

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Image: Latsempoar © Daniel Jacoby. Exhibition view at Casino Luxembourg. © photo Andres Lejona. Courtesy

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