Ville de Paslaz


New towns and new signposts

Incessant creation, imbuing soul into objects, all for what? To challenge the status quo, to disturb the stagnant waters of our collective thinking. Take for example my 23 km/h speed limit signs. Strange, isn’t it? But why would 50 or 30 be sacrosanct numbers? My approach is to reevaluate these seemingly harmless facts that structure our daily lives.

And what about my imaginary cities which exist while not existing? They are there to challenge our understanding of the real and the unreal, to blur the boundaries between the two. Through these acts of creation, I propose alternative universes, not just as fantasies or escapes, but as viable grounds for thought and action.

These works are not there just to impress. They are challenges to our common sense, incentives to think about different ways of life. Could we live in a city that doesn’t exist? Could we drive at 23 km/h and discover a new sense of mobility? Let’s think about it. Normality is often just a consensual illusion. I offer fragments of worlds where this normality is put to the test, encouraging everyone to ask themselves the question: is it really so crazy? Arsen Eca

The artist Eca, always faithful to his talent for subverting established systems, managed to modify the geography of certain cities, creating entirely new and imaginary municipalities. With surprising skill and audacity, he managed to convince the relevant authorities to install road signs for these fictitious towns, while pretending to be the mayor of these non-existent localities.
This audacious undertaking does more than simply disrupt our perception of space and territory. It also raises pertinent questions about bureaucracy, credulity and authority. In Eca’s work, art becomes a means of questioning and overturning the systems that structure our daily reality.
Beneath these urban interventions lies a subtle but impactful critique of our systems of governance and the way we interact with our environment. By creating cities that don’t exist, Eca invites us to reflect on the nature of reality and how it is constructed and defined by often invisible power structures.
Ville de Paslaz

Arsen ECA