Reniere&Depla — The story: Réceptacle



Reniere&Depla — Het verhaal: Réceptacle


The Story
Réceptable (lieu où se trouvent des choses, des personnes venues de plusieurs endroits)
An homage to Juan Munoz.

Travelling through France the artists’ duo Reniere&Depla discovered a temporary construction that is rebuilt annually. It resembles in a remarkable way, the discovery that was made by anthropologist André Friedmann in the village of Zurite in the Peruvian highlands. This revelation is described by Juan Munoz in ‘Segment’.
As an homage to this Spanish artist the annually renewed event is being visually recorded by Reniere&Depla.

The discovery
During our travels in the centre of South-West-France we were staying in a distant village. Moved by the tranquillity and authenticity of La Barbinie we kept going back to it. There we became the surprised witnesses of a remarkable event. In Spring, when the new shoots of shrubs and trees start swelling, and in the advent of a new moon, the villagers of La Barbinie come together to build a strange construction, a skeleton of poles and branches. In the meantime a few women bring some multicoloured drapes, a patchwork of worn out clothes. This patchwork is put on the roof like a cover. The patchwork consists of the used up clothing of the villagers. Each year a new canvas is being stitched together in the same way. All form is forgotten: clothes of women, men and children, assembled over time, are continuously repaired and changed. Textile and colour make up the gigantic patchwork. The senses that are sticking to the fabric will be carried on the wind. Now and again people come by and stand there, alone or together for a short while. Others pass by quietly, without pausing, or walk around it in repetitive circular patterns. Others still touch the patchwork briefly, stroke it, or hide their face in it for a brief moment. One day musicians came, inviting the people with their music and there was singing until late at night.
Farmers and workers, nobility and immigrants, young and old, became, through the earthly ritual of eating and drinking, part of the identity of this place and time.

A comparison with ‘La Posa’
In ‘Segment’ (Centre d’Art contemporain, Geneva, The Ranaissance Art Society at the University of Chicago (1990)), Juan Munoz speaks about the village of Zurite, in the highlands of Peru. There a deceased friend, the anthropologist Friedmann, discovered a construction called ‘La Posa’. It referred to the through origins of the complete enigma that we call ‘space’. This construction of long poles, thin tree branches and rope, is being rebuilt annually. There’s no specific form and there’s no roof. It is being visited by indiscriminate villagers at indiscriminate moments and each year it is flattened to the ground.
“When there is a need to do so there’s from time to time a possibility to construct a space where the next moment is indefinitely postponed, for an indefinite time banned. A space where the future, is always awaited, and never materializes (J.M.)”

A formal untruth that carries truth …
This bewildering construct is called a Réceptable, and it is considered to be a place of gathering and passing, where energy and memory merge, where in silence past and future define themselves where words acquire a different meaning than usually.
The linear construction covered by a gigantic patchwork of memories, of fabric soaked in meaning, of human history, has nothing nostalgic.
This ‘Réceptable’ starts (according to Bachelard) a phenomenological double. On the one hand one hears the different sides of society resounding, which on the other hand echoes within the deep of our own spirit. To withdraw in the deep of your own self is not a melancholic event. This annually renewed poetic experience, which is the ‘Réceptable’, has links with archetypes that slumber in the deep of the subconscious. The annually repeated image triggers the echoes from our deepest past. When the viewer finally decides to enter the ‘Réceptable’, to inhabit it, in a poetical sense, he is in the presence of the gods. At that moment it is possible to get an idea of the space between heaven and earth, the place which is designated for human habitation, with this insight man becomes consciousness of his humanity.

Fiction as a carrier for truth
For those who believe this is an answer and no questions remain.
For the disbelievers this is no answer and we continue to have questions. Different still are the idiosyncratic soloists who enter the ‘Réceptable’ and dwell in it because deep down they believe that they are discoverers. From their bewilderment they experience something like the primal ecstasy and amazement at the experience of the unknown, and as they walk out they have become different human beings.