Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille, Lumiere Durham 2011. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

AquariumBenedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille (France)

Lumiere Durham 2013 partners:

Lumiere London 2016 partner:

Originally created for the Fete des Lumières Lyon.

Something fishy in for Lumiere Durham 2013 and Lumiere London 2016…

In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, the iconic red telephone box has become a reminder of the past. For this playful installation, artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille transformed the famous telephone box by turning it into an aquarium full of exotic fish. By doing so, the French duo invited us to dream of travel and escape from our everyday lives.

Now that everybody has a mobile phone, rather than taking phone boxes away, why not keep them and fill them with water to turn them into aquariums? We like to play with the fabric of urban space, to shift things around. So we play with all the material that surrounds us to see how it can be combined. Just as someone writing sentences combines existing words, we combine existing forms to make them into something else

Aquarium was also part of the Lumiere London 2016 programme in the Mayfair area.


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