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Luca Frei: The So-called Utopia of the Centre Beaubourg- an Interpretation
Publication, 30 Sep 2007EN / NLPrint 

Text by Lucas Frei 
Edited by Gerrie van Noord 
Co-published by Book Works and Casco, as part of Book Works Fabrications series, 2007 
Design by Lucas Frei 
125 x 200 mm 
178 pages, English 
ISBN 978-18-706-9999-0 
Price: Ä 15,00 
 
SOLD OUT, VIEWING COPY AVAILABLE AT CASCO 
 
Appearing under the pseudonym Gustave Affeulpin in 1976, and coinciding with the inauguration of Centre Beaubourg in Paris, this fictional text imagines a radical libertarian space submerged beneath the newly erected centerpiece of French Culture. In a world turned upside down, the seventy-six storeys submerged beneath the official centre for culture provides a platform for alternative modes of work and creation. Reporting, in sometimes hysterical, sometimes more poetic language, and with tongue firmly in cheek, the narrator recounts the vacillations of free organisation, in a satire that never takes its eye of the main target: state sponsored culture. 
 
This is the first translation and publication of the text in English, a project undertaken by the artist Luca Frei as an attempt to both revitalise a significant cultural treatise incorporating many elements of Meisterís sociological thinking, and to reflect upon the subjective role of the artist in transferring ideas from one cultural framework and era to another.