Live Stage: The Celestial Hopscotch [online]

The Celestial Hopscotch :: June 16, 2010; 4:00 – 7:00 pm :: in front of DREISIPTZHALLE for The Volta Show in Basel.

Visitors of all countries play The Celestial Hopscotch while The Volta Show! The Celestial Hopscotch will be streaming at 18:00 on Internet there in partnership with Dock18 (*). Direct link.

The Celestial Hopscotch grid will be drawn on the outskirts of Volta Show in parallel of the International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland. Another was drawn in Paris on May 19 in rue de l’Exposition (Exposition Street). The last Celestial Hopscotch grid will be drawn before the Marathon of Shanghai is run just before the closing of the 2010 World’s Fair, as part of the project.

Franck Ancel is having an event which will commence a few hours after the official opening of the Shanghai World’s Fair. He proposes to each of you to experience a virtual pavilion. This is one year before China launches its uninhabited module “Triangong-1” into space. When translated literally, its name means “Celestial Palace”, where the Taikonauts will conduct experiments in zero gravity.

Franck Ancel had already brought up this near future in his artistic project 1957/2007: from Sputnik Satellite to Explorer Art. That cosmic dimension is today a major factor in the planetary imagination. In, during a conference he gave in Silicon Valley, he even imagined “A Scenography towards a Planetary Network for Shanghai 2010“, also concerned with satellites. (1)

Without any satellites, the current conception of the Universal Exposition has transformed the narrow streets of Shanghai, where the universal game of hopscotch (2) had been played by the city’s youth for centuries. Now, Ancel will create a Celestial Hopscotch in the zerography of planetary consciousness.

At the Universal Exposition of Paris in 1900, Loïe Fuller danced under the flag of its electricity pavilion. Ancel offers the chance for everyone to design their own virtual Pavilion, to “dance” on the ground of world cities, a hopscotch grid already present on five continents where the land becomes zero and the sky infinite.

Franck Ancel previously put continental universality into play in 2005 during his trip from Shanghai to Europe when he created the world premiere, broadcasting a real time video from the air lasting 64 minutes live over the internet via satellite, at more than 900 kilometers per hour and at an altitude of nearly 30,000 feet.

64 words per minute were broadcast in this video in this manifesto in order to construct a personal cosmological lexicon. For this new event, they will make up the eight squares of the Celestial Hopscotch grid, which each can fill in from his own imagination. It is this type of numerological alchemy that will orient our event <> under the dome of the Temple de Pentemont in Paris on June 26, using as its basis an original, as yet unseen, manuscript by Mallarmé.

Franck Ancel
E ancelfranck [at]
M +33 676 470 610

Franck Ancel is Zerographer. Craftsman of his life for nearly forty years, of which half has been spent on projects that can be definied in 20 connections: 1989-2009 / invisible-visible / architecture-environment / Kiesler-Polieri / neo-avant-garde / space-time / technology-science / language-form / network-data / history-memory / freedoom-love / screen-stage / sounds-colours / lighthouse-satellite / desert-island / community-being / body-mouvement / past-future / skin-soul / spirituality-poetic.


(2) Chinese texts mention it as early as 2357 B.C.


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