Meteorite’s birthday performance walk, Rocheservière (FR)

link to Meteorite’s birthday performance walk, Aarhus (DK), 2019.

In 2017 and 2019, I worked on two exhibition projects involving meteorites (on loan from Natural History Museums) that I was bringing back to the places where they landed. By chance, both of them originated from the asteroid belt, and happened to have landed within the time period of my exhibitions. I decided to organize a Meteorite’s Birthday Performance Walk, inviting a large number of participants to take part.
First in Rocheservière (FR), then in Aarhus (DK) with the same protocol: I surveyed a one hour walk in the elliptical area of the meteorite’s impact, where one step symbolized 100,000 years, the circuit is designed so that the gathered public could pace out the age of the meteorite (~4.56 billion years), only if there is a minimum of 6 people, so that the age of the meteorite can be reached.


Meteorite’s birthday performance walk, Rocheservière (FR), the 5th of November 2017
Rocheserviere Meteorite (coll. Museum Natural History, Nantes) was 176 years on Earth.


After this journey, participants were invited to take part in a “meteorization” ritual. Reflecting on Dürer’s Melencolia, where the presence of a polyhedron is central in the engraving, I discovered a common thread with the Rocheservière meteorite: the number of faces is identical. I drew a polyhedron, which became a mold that I commissioned a baker to use to shape a “meteorite brioche”, which was also the meteorite’s exact weight (5.396kg). This culinary specialty of the region was enjoyed by the public to conclude the ritual observance. 


Meteorite’s brioche


Meteorite’s Brioche cooking in the oven                                                                                             Pattern made from Rocheservière Meteorite           Melancholia from A. Dürer, 1514.


                                                                                    Le patron de la matrone


                                                                                   Meteorite cartels, text written by Florence Jou, with a polyhedron drawing used for the Brioche’s meteorite.
                                                                                   view from Apparition disparaissante, solo show, Saint Sauveur Site, La Rocheservière (FR), 2017.








Photograph’s credit: Adrian Owen