SUPERFLEX: “ALICE” Paris Metro Station 

In the beginning of 2016 SUPERFLEX was asked to develop a concept for the Grand Paris Express’ new metro station Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart. In June 2016, SUPERFLEX presented the 6 year long, large-scale commission ‘Alice’. With Alice, SUPERFLEX offers an artistic concept, a political and social development of the Grand Paris Express for the coming 6 years of the construction period. In dialogue with the designer of the station, architect Philippe Gazeau, SUPERFLEX will create works across the site until the opening of the station in 2022 in order to engage neighbours and future users in the development of the station and new surroundings.

As a part of the concept, the ‘real’ Alice will be consulted every time SUPERFLEX needs guidance to make new decisions. Alice has for example decided the name and blue colour of the bridge connecting the platforms at the station, and her rabbit will pop up around the sites to guide people in the right direction. The ground surfaces of the area will be covered with tiles inspired by motifs from the old house. Furthermore, throughout the construction phase SUPERFLEX will be hosting workshops for the locals in order to develop an object-memory-bank. The objects will later form the material of a terrazzo floor for the site. The terrazzo floor will also be used for certain areas of the thresholds of the station to function as way finding. The floor will appear as an archaeological compost and a mosaic of lives that constitute the neighbourhood. This is where the story began and it is here that future generations will walk.

In this way, Alice is longer sad about moving from the old house, and can influence the new place of transition and transformation which is taking form as the Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart station. When Alice turns 18 she will put her final mark on the station as she can decide any object she wants to bring back from a travel and place it as a landmark on the station. First then Alice’ journey in Wonderland as ended and SUPERLFEX can declare the new metro station as open.