Sabine Maria Schmidt
Aernout Mik: a retrospective exhibition that brings together a selection of his works from the last 10 years, with an emphasis on the most recent, including his new video installation, Shifting Sitting, produced specially for the occasion. Societe Realiste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Grof and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomy and social engineering consulting. "Empire, State, Building" is the title of their exhibition. "When I've proposed Mark Geffriaud and Alex Cecchetti to collaborate to Satellite presentation I didn't expect that the two would decide to embark on adventure to bring a flame of fire from Yanarta Mountain to Jeu de Paume and animate a series of sculptures with it." (Raimundas Malasauskas)
Empire, State, Building
Curators: Société Réaliste and Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume, Paris).
The title of the exhibition, “Empire, State, Building,” refers to three aspects of Société Réaliste’s work.
First of all, “Empire, State, Building” obviously evokes the famous New York skyscraper, the “building/temple/monument/work of art” that, ever since its completion in 1931, has been both a myth and emblem of the United States, and a source of artistic inspiration (from the Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack film King Kong in 1933 to Empire, Andy Warhol’s silent movie, made in 1964).
Secondly, the exhibition explores the possibilities of punctuation, insofar as it can be used to order or disorder discourse.
Finally, the name of the myth, when altered by the disorder of signs, becomes something different, a grid decreasing the scales of perception and power, from empire to building, via the state.
These three perspectives underlie this exhibition of the latest work by Société Réaliste, articulated around two pivotal pieces: The Fountainhead (2010) and Culte de l’Humanitée (Cult of She-manity, 2011).
Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomy and social engineering consulting. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences. Société Réaliste is represented by Galerie Martine Aboucaya (Paris) and Kisterem (Budapest).
This exhibition is coproduced by Jeu de Paume, Paris and the Ludwig Múzeum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest. It will be presented in Budapest from 2 February to 22 April 2012.
It was organised with the aid of the Hungarian Institute in Paris
Leontine Coelewij (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam),
Sabine Maria Schmidt (Museum Folkwang, Essen)
and Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume, Paris).
“My pieces are about political or social events, but they are not direct images of those events. They act a bit like flashes which you can recognise but not precisely locate.”
Organised by Jeu de Paume (Paris), the Museum Folkwang (Essen) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), this retrospective exhibition conceived in close collaboration with Aernout Mik brings together a selection of his works from the last ten years, with an emphasis on the most recent, including his new video installation, Shifting Sitting, produced specially for the occasion. Eight installations in all are presented in a setting designed specially by the artist, which treats these architectural constructions as an integral part of the work.
The title of the exhibition, "Communitas", is that of a video by Mik from 2010 which was presented at the Palace of Arts and Sciences in Warsaw during the summer of 2010. The term “communitas” evokes books by philosophers and sociologists, among them Zygmunt Baumann, Jean-Luc Nancy, Roberto Esposito, Paul and Percival Goodman, and features prominently in the writings of the British anthropologist Victor Turner (1920-1983). It evokes transitional phases that escape the everyday social order, and the anthropologist uses it to define unstructured communities in which individuals are equal (medieval pilgrimages and certain African rites, for example). Mik’s installations create such experimental or “anti-structured” assemblies. The stagings into which his characters are projected are like moments escaping any kind of normality, in which each person’s role is never sure or stable.
The exhibition aims to create new connections between the different ways the artist has of handling space, whether in his architectural installations or projections. It also presents the connections between his works and documentaries, such as Raw Footage (2006) — based on the principle of found footage, and more precisely on the recuperation of press photos — and works that are wholly staged, such as Schoolyard (2009), Osmosis and Excess (2005), Park (2002), and Middlemen (2001). These pieces reflect different forms of violence, aggression and tension, and show the diversity of forms of behaviour: gatherings, clashes, rituals and collective obsessions. Shot in Italy, Mik’s latest installation, Shifting Sitting (2010–11), continues his long-standing exploration of the different forms of democracy in Europe. He made this work at the request of Jeu de Paume, the Museum Folkwang and the Stedelijk Museum, and with the support of the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Foundation for the Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, and the European Cultural Foundation.
Exhibition produced by Jeu de Paume (Paris), Museum Folkwang (Essen) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam).
Exhibition organized with the support of the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Mondriaan Foundation.
SATELLITE PROGRAM 4
Alex Cecchetti and Mark Geffriaud
THE POLICE RETURN TO THE MAGIC SHOP
La Guerre, Le Théâtre, La Correspondance
Curator: Raimundas Malašauskas
Alex Cecchetti is an obsessive interrogator of the ways world comes to us. He cannot stop wondering why things emerge, why they strike us with a power of lighting and leave us blind in consequence, and why some of the images they make remain after we die. Many of his inspirations are coming from literature and philosophy.
It is in this library of Babel where his dialogue with Mark Geffriaud usually takes place. “Why sculptures need to breathe?” Alex could ask, and Mark, playing along the lines of geometry, music and history of chance, would approach the story. He often searches for overlaps and lapses, time-warps and grey-holes of history. Making art for him is similar to production of tools of thinking or perceiving space. Yet when I’ve proposed Mark Geffriaud and Alex Cecchetti to collaborate to Satellite presentation I didn’t expect that the two would decide to embark on adventure to bring a flame of fire from Yanarta Mountain to Jeu de Paume and animate a series of sculptures with it.
Alex Cecchetti (Italian, b. 1977, lives in Paris) & Mark Geffriaud (French, b. 1977, lives in Paris).
The Fondation nationale des arts graphiques et plastiques (FNAGP) contributes to the production of the works of the Satellite program.
This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Théâtre national de Chaillot.
Image: Aernout Mik, Middlemen, [Intermédiaires], 2001 Courtesy carlier | gebauer
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Tuesday: 12:00 - 21:00
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