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JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROST, artist who has studied architecture and environmental design; he has a keen interest in new urban research territories – neglected, undetermined spaces (and situations), and those overcontrolled, sterile, with no apparent specificity. In Prost's work, art is an act of resistance, a state of mind, a device to enunciate and exchange ideas. It activates and promotes social engagement, defends the presence of art everywhere and at anytime.
Since 1998, his individual and collaborative work as founder of the AA (Adaptive Actions) platform (2007) and co-founder of atelier SYN- (2000) has been shown widely, including at the Liverpool Biennial, International Architecture Biennial in Rotterdam, at the Canadian Center for Architecture, DARE DARE, 3rd Manif d’art de Québec, 2010 Madrid Abierto Art Biennial, Musagetes and Graham Foundations and recently at the Lisbon Triennial and Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial.
He has lectured, taught and organised workshops at Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, at Guelph University, Cornell University Studio, Winter Urbanism program and at events such as RISK at Taubman College, Urban Bodies at La Casa Encendida in Madrid and in London at the Building Center, SPACE studios and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2014, after the recent publication of the Heteropolis book, the AA Platform will be the subject of a series of actions and workshops including two in Montreal for the BNLMTL Art Biennial and MAC (Musée d'Art Contemporain) and Optica gallery and in Mexico D.F. (with FONCA) and Tokyo (CALQ) during two international research residencies.
Image: All Aboard, 2008, AA (Adaptive Actions) platform
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