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CITY CITÉ Atlanta x Marseille : Space Odyssey by Etienne Rey

Digital art installation  

Underground Atlanta  

50 Upper Alabama St, Atlanta, GA 30303 


October 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 10:00 pm

An immersive installation which plunges us into a submerged world of mist and waves of light. Somewhere between immaterial sculpture and architecture, Etienne REY’s installation situates us in a space in which our points of reference become mobile, distances become elastic, and balance precarious. A stroboscopic journey to the heart of light as a material, the crossing of SPACE ODYSSEY, a reference to the Stanley Kubrick film, is a passage, a mental and sensory threshold situated at the meeting point of the physical world and experimentations on perception. Space Odyssey has already been exhibited in France for times, namely in Nantes and Paris. 

French visual artist, Etienne Rey lives and works in Marseille. Where visual arts meet architecture, Etienne REY plays on dimensions as a raw material that lends itself to the construction of evolving forms. From monumental installations to the in situ sculptures of the Diffraction and Réflexion series, by way of immaterial systems in which the experience is key, Etienne Rey juggles the components of light, sound and space. His approach follows a single objective: approaching our world from a phenomenological angle in order to reveal mechanisms of organization, interrelatedness and interaction. Thus, he pursues the work of the protagonists of kinetic art. In Etienne Rey”s world, made up of sensations and lights, our gaze is captive, our perception is modified, and our mind heads off to a reinvented space. 

This installation is presented at Underground Atlanta by DIGATL, Villa Albertine, ELEVATE and France Atlanta. 

Designed in 2015 and first implemented in Chicago and San Francisco, CITY CITÉ is a transatlantic cooperation and exchange program on urban issues and city making, initiated by Villa Albertine, the cultural institution of the French Embassy in the US. 
In 2022, CITY CITÉ comes to Atlanta for the first time on the occasion of the French Consulate’s annual France-Atlanta program, Atlanta Design Festivaland the City of Atlanta’s ELEVATE festival. CITY CITÉ – Atlanta x Marseille 2022aims to make a case for the role of culture in urban and social development, by creating a dialogue between cities of Atlanta and Marseille and inviting La Friche la Belle de Mai, a major institution in Marseille, at the forefront of cultural, social, environmental and urban innovation. 

CITY CITÉ – Atlanta x Marseille 2022 is supported by the Institut français, Villa Albertine, The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and France-Atlanta. 

In partnership with DIGATL and ELEVATE, “Museum of the Moon” will be presented at Underground Atlanta from Oct 7-9, 2022. The exhibition will include an inflatable lunar installation created by renowned UK artist Luke Jerram, moonlight and surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novella award winning composer Dan Jones, a “Moon Bounce” party featuring Flight of Swallows, a mural by French street artist DIFUZ, the SPACE ODYSSEY light-based installation by acclaimed French visual artist Etienne Rey, and more!