TNXCA, the project specially conceived and realized by Enrico GAIDO for the space of L’Escaut Architectures and curated by Emmanuel Lambion (Bn PROJECTS).
Nourished by a strong background in engineering and an extensive practice of performative installations designed for the stage, Enrico Gaido’s work is structured by concepts of tension - whether it be on the conceptual or plastic level - implemented in a particularly effective and rigorous way. Gaido’s work often oscillates between antinomic concepts, playing e.g. with the idea of unstable balance, under contant tension, as if it were threatened by a predictable or inevitable, if not programmed, collapse or disruption. Likewise, it reveals a true, if rather contradictory, fascination for archaeological findings, whilst simultaneously playing with the idea of controlled destructions.
As, such, upon his first visit to and discovery of L’Escaut as an organisation nourishing their professional and extra-curricular practice and reflexions by transversal cross-pollinations, but also as an architectural space, rich of its past as a former industrial workshop, Gaido was immediately seduced by the idea of trying and articulating a project which would cross the building through and through, in multiple directions and in its varied dimensions. A project which would expose and reveal itself progressively to the visitor, just as it would progressively unveil the history of both the building and the organisation. A further ingredient was brought about by his discovery of the origin of the toponymy of the place, with its direct reference to a fluvial element, that is the river Escaut. EMMANUEL LAMBION