Tout s’écoule: an afternoon with Antoine Vigne

On Saturday, February 10, join us as we welcome Antoine Vigne for a book signing of his latest novel, Tout s’écoule, just published in France by éditions Bartillat.

Tout s’écoule captures the sensual encounter of Gilles, the narrator, an airline pilot, and Luc, a museum curator, 20 years his junior, in Detroit (MI). The romance between Gilles and Luc forms a narrative line that wanders throughout Detroit, an Alphaville-like city that embodies, in Gilles’s views, the decadence and failure of capitalism. Within Detroit’s dehumanized architecture, Gilles sees the glory of the industrial era, the WWII victory, and the suffering caused by slavery and its ensuing racial discrimination, as if the country’s successes and fault lines were reflected on the city’s streets and buildings. Written in free verse and bathed melancholy, Tout s’écoule brings to mind Hopper’s paintings and Tarkovsky’s movies.

This event is free and open to all.

ANTOINE VIGNE is a French author. Born in Paris in 1973, he lives and works in New York. He has published books and articles in the fields of art, architecture and history. He is also a consultant in the cultural field and has contributed to the production of numerous exhibitions and artistic projects throughout the world. His books include: American Dreamers (courtes et longues éditions, 2019), L’Arbre qui rêvait d’être un avion (courtes et longues éditions, 2021), Les Erreurs dans l’architecture, co-written with Jean Poderos (courtes et longues éditions 2013), and Le Corbusier, L’oeil et le mot, co-written with Betty Bone (Mango, 2005).