Duchamp-inspired Gue(ho)st Houst in France
French artists Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Pejus have transformed this outbuilding at the Synagogue de Delme, a French contemporary art centre, into a huge architectural sculpture. It’s called the Gue(ho)st House. A Guest + A Host = A Ghost, inspried by Marcel Duchamp’s playful aphorisms. ‘Duchamp’s wordplay ended up being the trigger, a base line for drawing up the project,’ said Berdaguer and Pejus.
It sits within the grounds of a former synagogue, but the building has served as a prison house, a school and a funeral home. Blocks of high density polystyrene and spray-on resin create the chunky shapes and ghostly coating. The artists describe the covering as a ‘white veil that drips onto the surrounding area and creates a living body, a moving form that looks to the past as well as to the future’. Opened at the end of last month, the completion of Gue(ho)st House marks the 20th anniversary of the arts centre next year. It now serves as a reception and information office, with studios and accommodation for artists, students, interns and guest. ‘The art of no longer fearing ghosts …’ Certainly, haunted houses have never looked (or felt) this good.