French artist Fabrice Hyber (°1961) is an artistic jack-of-all-trades who likes to look at his own oeuvre as a gigantic rhizomatic structure that continuously moves forward, bouncing on its own echoes and drawing from the ‘giant reservoir of the possible’. Hyber, who once set up a real television station in the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, creates POF’s (Prototypes d’Objects en Fonctionnement – Prototypes of Functioning Objects) and continuously attempts to rethink the world through a stream of images and words. Central to his work, in which he tries to catch thoughts as they are born, is the deconstruction and reconstruction of language and communication.
Through an open call Hyber has invited people from Mechelen and the rest of Belgium to share their personal utopias, informing them that they will be transformed into drawings by the artist. These drawings cover the walls of a special room designed by the artist and inspired by the Hypocaustum, the dining room with frescoes in Hieronymus van Busleyden’s home, where Thomas More and other guests of Busleyden would share their utopias. The installation includes a number of TV monitors, where the consequences of the personal utopias, according to the artist, will be displayed.