2019.05.20 - 2019.05.24
2019 ICRA-X Robotic Art Program, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Canada
2019.05.04 - 2019.07.13
Biennale d’architecture et de paysage Versailles, Paris
2019.03.08 - 2019.04.13
Salle des maquettes
Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal
2019.02.07 - 2019.05.18
Bonne conduite
Angoulême, France (FRAC Poitou-Charentes)
2019.02.20 - 2019.06.09
Âjagemô art space, Ottawa (Canada Council for the Arts)
2018.11.02 - 2018.11.04
Man Ray, Michel de Broin, Juliette Goiffon & Charles Beauté
Artissima, Turin (Galerie Eva Meyer)
2018.10.20 - Work in progress
Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver
2018.09.13 - 2018.11.17
La conduite des conduites
Galerie Division, Montreal
2018.07.07 - 2018.08.12
Natura Loci
Magasin Général, Sainte-Madeleine-de-la-Rivière-Madeleine
Michel de Broin & Kim Gerdes – Machines organiques, machines textuelles
École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
2018.03.08 - 2018.04.17
Elective affinities
Galerie Division, Montreal
2017.08.17 - 2017.10.15
KM3 - A Public Art Event, Quartier des spectacles, Montreal
2017.06.30 - 2017.07.04
Mille spéculations
Bordeaux, France
2017.06.17 - 2017.09.24
La chose en soi
Musée régional de Rimouski
2017.06.28 - 2017.06.30
Make Soccer Great Again
À perte de vue, AXENÉO7, La Fonderie, Gatineau, QC
2017.06.02 - 2017.07.22
Alluring Shapes, Tempting Spaces
Galerie Eva-Meyer, Paris
Inauguration August 2017
Bonaventure Project, Montreal
The Imaginary Reader
Volt, Oslo, Norway
2016.12.03 - 2017.01.17
Whole World Working
Collective gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2015.12.05 - 2016.01.31
Prosopopées, quand les objets prennent vie
Centquatre, Biennale internationale des arts numériques, Paris

2018.10.20 – Work in progress
Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver

For the Vancouver Biennale, Michel de Broin explores the power of a hazard to defy the inherent rationality of urban planing. The work consists in a series of three improbable cycle paths that intertwine prolonging the existing lanes. Accessible to the public, the works will be installed in different neighbourhoods of Vancouver.

The artwork is made of raw material belonging to the urban environment: bitumen, yellow paint and street signs. The installation activates the potential of a random physical gesture. A rope was dropped several times on top of an aerial photograph of the city, creating as many unpredictable squiggles. The artist selected one resulting pattern and enlarged it 100 times at the scale of the landscape to create an asphalted path. At the entrance of the installation, a road sign signals the random pattern. The yellow diamond shape of the road sign recalls traffic symbols warning about hazardous locations. The tern hazard comes from the Arabic word for chance (azzahr) meaning “game of dice”. The design of this path is an expression of chance challenging the predictable logics of urban landscaping. This installation confronts the regularity and functionality of modern cities usually developed to suppress hazards—the dangerous side of chance. It deploys chance as an unpredictable experience, opening up new avenues for imagination and mobility.