• Terrible Two

    Capture d’écran 2013-02-23 à 19.07.11

    02.03 – 04.05.2013 | Villa du Parc, Annemasse, FR |

    Grout / Mazéas

    with Emilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Berdaguer / Péjus, Jake and Dinos Chapman, the Chapuisat brothers, collectif_fact, Dewar and Gicquel, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Hippolyte Hentgen, McDermott & McGough, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille

    > > curator : Garance Chabert, director of Villa du Parc

    Part of the Villa du Parc’s “Two for Tea” program, the show “Terrible Two” explores artistic collaboration through the lens of the artist duo. At the start, there is a connection, fraternal, friendly, amorous, or intellectual, which takes shape in the creation of a two-headed work whose unity paradoxically sits well with the duality of the signature. Paul and Elizabeth, the tragic heroes of Jean Cocteau’s Les Enfants terribles (translated in English as The Holy Terrors), hover about in the background as the mythical duo that has inspired the show. They live in the reclusion of sundry rooms which they fill with treasures, fantasies and imagination, a setting that pitches to and fro and reflects the psychological turmoil of these two teenagers who are adrift in the world.
    Bringing together a selection of works by artist duos, “Terrible Two” is an attempt at a fictional free adaptation in the form of an art exhibition and in the architectural setting of the Villa du Parc.The pair Grout / Mazéas were invited to take over the site, and this inspired them to produce a series of on-site installations in which the room—attractive and devastated, and whose genius still looks after holy terrors—becomes the location of a range of manipulations and tableaus conjuring up the kinds of atmospheres that one encounters in films. The mistreated, broken furnishings are seen in their living, psychological dimension. Pieces of furniture seem to levitate; a bed cut in half reveals, like an autopsy, the layers of life it harbors; a room is compressed into a cube; and a film imagines and plays outs on a bed a number of possible scenarios head to tail or in reverse angle shots. The installations and films of McDermott & McGough, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, collectif_fact and Emilie Brout & Maxime Marion weave numerous references to film history while heightening the intimate atmosphere of a confined space where the emotional world is made rawer, more intense. The featured pieces by Berdaguer / Péjus, Jake & Dinos Chapman, the Chapuisat brothers, Dewar and Gicquel, Hippolyte Hentgen, and Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille form a collection of odd, disparate works made up of objects, paintings, sculptures, drawings, and a wall paper, each of which, in its way, affirms the pleasure in making, in the material, and in the layers of collective memory that each object bears with it.

    Garance Chabert

    Press release

  • A Window to the World


    26.01 – 17.03.2013 | City Museum of Contemporary Art Hiroshima, MOCA | 1-1 Hijiyama Koen, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, JP |

    For this exhibition, we’re showing our video The Course of Things

    Through the skillful use of several ingenious tricks, The Course of Things presents footage of the unpredictable actions of the visitors at the Natural History Museum in London as fiction rather than documentation. One trick is the narration by the British-born film director Alfred Hitchcock, which leads us through the story. The director’s voice, extracted from his television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, is meticulously edited to form a monologue on the essence of the suspense genre. Further tricks such as the film-like camera angles, zoomed-in footage, and the insertion of background music transform the museum into a stage and the visitors into actors, creating a suspense theater of sorts. Going back and forth across the boundaries between fiction and reality, The Course of Things presents a humorous demonstration of how everyday life can be more dramatic than fiction.



    20.03 – 23.03.2013 | Maison du Peuple, Clérmont-Ferrand, FR |

    International video art and digital cultures festival
    Our video ‘The Course of Things’ is projected Thursday 21st of March at 3pm at Maison du Peuple.

  • This Fanciful Digression – Black Maria


    08.03.2013, 20:30 – 23:30 | The Crossing, King’s Cross London – N1C 4AA, UK |

    Michelle Deignan’s and Carmen Billows’ first collaboration embraces the detours of their dialogue. A conversation that began with the subject of representation, has evolved into an artists’ film and performance event.
    Featuring work by collectif_fact, Michelle Deignan, Nooshin Farhid, Patrick Goddard, Hannah Jones, Rabih Mroué, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Michael Robinson, Matthew Stock and Stefan Sulzer, the programme is an unpredictable associative journey through places, plots and characters.

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  • Video Station II

    18.12 – 03.03.2013 | CentroCentro – Palacio de Cibeles | Plaza de Cibeles 1, Madrid, SP |

    For this exhibition, we’re showing our video The Course of Things

    Exhibition curated by Ramón Mateos

    With Jonas Dahlberg, collectif_fact, Seth Nocholas Stephens, Nuria Carrasco, Juan Carlos Robles, Iván Navarro & Courney Smith, Olaia Gómez, Jordi Colomer, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Josechu Dávila, Kristian Andrews, Luján Marcos, Carlos Macià, Yuka Takeda

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