Mexico City

François Bucher, A celestial event, no words, they should have sent a poet, 2017, cyanotype, 8 1⁄4 × 11 3⁄4".

François Bucher, A celestial event, no words, they should have sent a poet, 2017, cyanotype, 8 1⁄4 × 11 3⁄4".

François Bucher

joségarcía ,mx

The Greek word logos—reason, discourse—stands at the core of the Western conception of the world, denoting the rationality through which reality is shaped or perceived. François Bucher’s exhibition “Contact—(cosmic background noise explorer)” welcomed visitors with Logos, 2017—the word spelled out in white neon letters, hanging upside down. One could read the text right side up only through its reflection in a puddle of water: The unlit room where it was displayed had been carefully flooded. The space between the word and its mirrored image, like a gap between dimensions, was the perfect prelude for a jumbled narration in which the artist, relying on disparate science-fiction sources, explored the possibility of making contact with an abstract cosmic intelligence.

For about a decade now, Bucher has been interested in shamanism, esoteric rituals, and other techniques for opening portals to

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