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THE ABSOLUTE TRAVEL COLLECTION

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  • A wonderful and purely authentic exhibition to mock the absurdity of mass tourism and how it reduces a 1000 travel experiences into 1 standardized model.
    Final year thesis project - BA (Hons).
  • Since 1961, the collector Tiphaine Guillermou travels in the most visited corners of the planet in quest of authentic ethnic objects, totems or souvenirs which stand out for their unique craft and savoir-faire.
    Gathered here as a collection and sorted by themes, they recreate the visual experience of a journey.

    The public is invited to see allegedly unique and authentic pieces, staged as in an ethnographic museum or a cabinet de curiosités.
    Thus mis en scène, they lead the visitor to wonder about the discrepancy between their true standardized nature and the way they are represented. Just like when we travel, what we see is nothing but genuine. It is all fake pretending to be true.

    Through this Collection, the essence of mass tourism is thus revealed in its standardized, absurd, absolute form.
  • BUY A SOUVENIR
  • Object of interesting glittery aesthetic canons that a visitor brings back home, the souvenir has no other use than being a physical support to set the tourists’ memory of a travel.
  • READYMADE-IN-CHINA - 1969
    "Ny, Bali, Paris"
    Molded plastic
    Origin: China
     
    The three rectangular pieces brought back by Tiphaine Guillermou were unearthed in New York, Bali, and Paris. Three continents, three extremely different trips: 
    the souvenirs’ multiple shapes are a mirror image of these varied travel experiences. 
    Rectangular standardized shapes with glitters, these Readymade-in-China are cheap, 
    standardized and useless.
  • MONKEY BUSINESS - 1983
    Peanuts
    Origin: Unknown
     
    This is a very fragile piece that has been badly damaged with the years. 
    It was originally addressed to monkeys but the tourists seemed to enjoy it even more.
     
    Mass consumed everywhere in the world, peanuts are the symbol of
    never ending consumption. 
     
  • DISILLUSION - 1994
    "There is nothing to see"
    Plastic snow globe
    Origin: China
     
    Without any image in it, this forever-fallen snow globe is a rare object. It is precisely because it is empty that it offers the possibility to imagine any scenery or monument inside. With this souvenir, the journey becomes both entirely conceivable and absolutely meaningless.
     
    Once meant to be shaken to see the glitters swirl, this dream-in-a-box is now perfectly still. Motionless thus meaningless. 
  • SEND A POSTCARD
  • Unlike normal postcards, the touristic dream is not promoted by an idyllic scenery or a mythical monument.

    Here, it is something purely materialistic.

    In this world lead by money, dreams belong to the ones who pay.
  • SEND A POSTCARD
  • The glitterypostcard offers a mass-producedalternative
    togold and diamonds.A standardizedsham of luxury:mass tourism.

    The dreampromoted by thetouristic industrywill always benothing but arepresentation of the truth. Itis never trulyaccessible...
    You wish you werehere!
  • Isn’t there nobetter key than auniversal creditcard
    to openthe door to alldesires?

    The all-includeddream is justwithin reach.
  • MEET THE LOCALS
  • The collector had the immense opportunity to meet locals and watch an ethnic village perform their traditional lifestyle in the human zoo they live in, completely untouched by our modern civilization.

    Tiliwa (below) belongs to the Hadza ethnic group. He and his people are hunter- gatherers, and occasional heavy drinkers.
    They still wear their traditional outfits whenever the guides pay them
    to hide their watches and jeans to dance for the dumbfounded visitors.
  • TILIWA - BORN IN 1973
    Hadza ethnic group
    Hunter-gatherer
    Origin: Tanzania (Africa)
     
    Supposedly authentic and living traditions,
    the locals are nothing but
    standardized ever-smiling puppets.
  • WITTY-EAGLE - BORN IN 1969
    Craft maker
    Origin: Arizona (USA)
     
    Always smiling and looking good,
    the locals are great actors.
  • VISIT THE MONUMENTS
  • The authenticity and genuine character of touristic sites constantly stimulate our senses, with advertising signs for massages and car rental, and the tastiest local food delights –Mc Donald’s, pizzas and TexMex– provoking our delicate nostrils.
  • "Place monument here" - "Place name of country here"
    Separate elements attachable with Velcro
  • Detail
  • This interactive poster with 6 destinations
    invites the public to play with the elements to recreate
    this authentic global scenery and be amazed
    by how standardization makes things so easy.
  • THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH US
    PLEASE COME AGAIN