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Stéphanie Roland

https://stephanieroland.be/

avenue du chimiste, 34-36, Brussels, Belgium
Graduated from the La Cambre - Brussels and UDK - Berlin (Hito Steyerl’s class), Stéphanie Roland is a multidisciplinary visual artist who regularly gives talks about her practice; among others, she was TEDx Brussels speaker in 2017. 
She won an impressive number of prizes and was notably shortlisted for the HSBC Photography Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. In 2017, she was selected in the group exhibition Antarctica of the Antarctica Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Cathedral, _ _ : _ _


Virtual exploration in fictional post-industrial constructions

Cathedral, _ _ : _ _


Virtual exploration in fictional post-industrial constructions
Virtual exploration in fictional post-industrial constructions
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  • New areas of operation

These cathedrals are fictional constructions, inspired by the architectural elements of industrial mining sites from my area of origin, the belgian Hainaut. Most of these sites were dynamited at the end of the 20th century, after their abandoning. These religious monuments have been reconstructed, mixing 3D and real views, on the basis of city’s archives. They can evoke as much a post-apocalyptic ruin as a new project’s foundations. The viewer can virtually walk in these architectural fictions thanks to a VR display.

I explore the connection between architecture and fiction in an immaterial context, providing a complex experience for the visitor. At a time when most of the architectures are experienced more often through media than reality, a reflexive approach is essential to approach this phenomenon. Far from a technological virtuosity quest, Cathedral, _ _ : _ _ questions the architecture’s memory and the perception of its evolution through the media civilization.


Cathedral, _ _ : _ _


Virtual exploration in fictional post-industrial constructions

Cathedral, _ _ : _ _


Virtual exploration in fictional post-industrial constructions
Virtual exploration in fictional post-industrial constructions
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

These cathedrals are fictional constructions, inspired by the architectural elements of industrial mining sites from my area of origin, the belgian Hainaut. Most of these sites were dynamited at the end of the 20th century, after their abandoning. These religious monuments have been reconstructed, mixing 3D and real views, on the basis of city’s archives. They can evoke as much a post-apocalyptic ruin as a new project’s foundations. The viewer can virtually walk in these architectural fictions thanks to a VR display.

I explore the connection between architecture and fiction in an immaterial context, providing a complex experience for the visitor. At a time when most of the architectures are experienced more often through media than reality, a reflexive approach is essential to approach this phenomenon. Far from a technological virtuosity quest, Cathedral, _ _ : _ _ questions the architecture’s memory and the perception of its evolution through the media civilization.



Idea by

Stéphanie Roland
avenue du chimiste, 34-36
Brussels
Belgium
Graduated from the La Cambre - Brussels and UDK - Berlin (Hito Steyerl’s class), Stéphanie Roland is a multidisciplinary visual artist who regularly gives talks about her practice; among others, she was TEDx Brussels speaker in 2017. 
She won an impressive number of prizes and was notably shortlisted for the HSBC Photography Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. In 2017, she was selected in the group exhibition Antarctica of the Antarctica Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.