François Dallegret, Dimitri Chamblas, and François Perrin
French-born Canadian architect François Dallegret (b. 1937, Morocco) studied at Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts in the 1960s before exhibiting his work at Iris Clert Gallery with the likes of Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, and Arman. His early “mechanical drawings” took the form of industrial design sketches that playfully explored the relationship between man and machine by depicting cars, rockets, and spaceships, as well as hardware stores and futuristic kitchens as cybernetic interactive mechanisms. In Dallegret’s early drawings, architecture was conceived as a customized environment in a constant state of flux able to be regulated by various devices. After being introduced to the influential architecture critic Reyner Banham, Dallegret moved to the United States in 1965 and collaborated with Banham on his seminal text “A Home Is Not a House” published in Art in America that same year. In 1967, Dallegret was invited to take part in Montreal’s Expo 67 and afterward remained in Canada. His work in Montreal is epitomized in the club, "Le Drug,” a hybrid venue featuring a restaurant, discotheque, bookstore, drugstore, and gallery, conceived as an organic, sensual environment. Dallegret’s work has been shown internationally including the CCA in Montreal, V&A Museum (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, US). Other recent exhibitions include the Architectural Association in London and the most recent Istanbul design biennial.
François Perrin (b. 1968, Paris) is a French-American architect and curator who lives and works in Los Angeles. His architectural practice focuses on site and climate-specific projects, and as a curator Perrin explores the interaction of art and architecture. He previously taught at Art Center College of Design, Cal Poly Pomona, Sci-ARC and UCLA and has lectured at Columbia University, MAK Vienna, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Université de Montréal, and Paris Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. Perrin received his professional degree from Ecole d’Architecture Paris La Seine. He has exhibited his work at the FRAC Centre, UCLA, and MOCA. He has organized the exhibition and edited the publication Yves Klein: Air Architecture (Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2005), Xavier Veilhan’s Architectones project, and a retrospective on architect François Dallegret. His work is included in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Born in 1974 in Saint-Didier (France), Dimitri Chamblas is the newly appointed Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts. Trained in dance at Paris Opera’s ballet school, Chamblas co-founded the dance company edna, in 1992 with Boris Charmatz, as a way to explore new experimental dance formats. Together, they choreographed and danced the duet À bras le corps (1993), and shot the film Les Disparates (1994). In 1993, Chamblas began dancing for choreographers including Régine Chopinot, Emmanuelle Huynh, and Mathilde Monnier. Throughout his career, Chamblas has collaborated with various artists including Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Andy Goldsworthy, as well as composers such as Heiner Goebbels. Chamblas joined the Paris Opera under Benjamin Millepied’s leadership, where he directed “Troisième Scène,” a digital platform dedicated to commissioning films by visual artists, choreographers, actors, and writers. Among others, participants include Bertrand Bonello, Bret Easton Ellis, and William Forsythe.
Image credit: François Dallegret, with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin, The Environment-Bubble in Dumbo, 2017, for Performa 17. Photo © Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.