Collectif GALTA


Tuesday 9 July
17:30 - 00:30: Cour du Gymnase
Wednesday 10 July
17:30 - 00:30: Cour du Gymnase
Thursday 11 July
17:30 - 01:00: Cour du Gymnase
Friday 12 July
17:30 - 01:00: Cour du Gymnase
Saturday 13 July
17:30 - 01:00: Cour du Gymnase
Sunday 14 July
17:30 - 01:00: Cour du Gymnase


Installation Art

There are books everywhere : on the ground, in the trees, between benches, hanging or suspended, scattered everywhere and neglected, or gathered into teetering installations. The books are pocket-sized, emblazoned with the iconic logo of the French series “Que sais-je ?” (Presses Universitaires de France, PUF) or its Swiss counterpart “Savoir suisse” (Presses de l’EPFL). Hundreds of these “knowledge vessels” have become so mainstream in home libraries, their educational and scientific clout toppled into banality.

Collectif GALTA wanted to pay tribute to this paradox in same way they did during the golden anniversary of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Members of the collective – interior architects, designers and artists – create their piece in the aptly-chosen gardens of Ancienne Académie. They have placed these modes of knowledge transmission at the forefront of our attention, from their conception to their publication, leading up to eventually being read and the subsequent pulping of these objects so quickly struck by obsolescence.

“It is a strange and captivating subject matter,” explains architect Aurélien Reymond, the spokesperson for the collective. “These books are flowing from second-hand bookstores that are practically offering to sell them by weight. I want to approach these books like they are geologic materials: so abundant, anyone can help themselves and manipulate and modify them in the way they so choose. The aesthetic is also very interesting.”

These aerial arrangements can be found as soon as one steps foot inside the gardens, an echo of the ritualistic entrance into an educational establishment exuding old-fashioned charm. However, this process is not a commentary bashing paper waste to promote digitization. “On the contrary, it places an emphasis on a scattered, yet prevalent and available, means of production. It is a way to pay tribute to freedom.”



Architects & Artists: Aurélien Reymond