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Pierre Bal-Blanc: I GOT UP

Group exhibition
gb agency, Paris
October 19 - November 13, 2021


I GOT UP
An exhibition activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc

Opening performance:
the morning of October 19, 2021
at 8 hours, 59 minutes

Doors open from 8:30 am
at 18 rue des quatre-fils (residential entrance) 
Intercom Toni Smit

With among others Ei Arakawa, Eva Barto, Robert Breer, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Thibaud Croisy, Omer Fast, Serge Garcia and Terre Thaemlitz, Ryan Gander, Dan Graham, Friedl Von Gröller, Nilbar Güres, Mauricio Guillén, Tirdad Hashemi, On Kawara, Pierre Klossowski, John Knight, Július Koller, Guillaume Maraud, Pratchaya Phinthong, Marianne Marić, Georgia Sagri, Serapis Maritime, Pak Sheung Chuen, Cally Spooner, Vier5, Jeff Wall, Lois Weinberger, Marina Xenofontos.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.
On Kawara, I GOT UP, 1968 Stamped ink on postcard

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, opening performance, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.

I GOT UP activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, performed by Thomas Ducasse at gb agency Paris. Photo Mauricio Guillén.
From the top:
Eva Barto, Whistleblowers (fr) 1/2, 2019, Beacon / report apparatus, water and fire resistant materials,
Marina Xenofontos, Security, 2019, Unique bronze cast in ashes

Opening performance: the morning of October 19, 2021 at 8 hours, 59 minutes, 18 rue des Quatre- Fils (residential entrance), Intercom Toni Smit.
Cally Spooner, Toni Smit, 2021, From A Lecture on Stagnation, Engraved plate, printed edition.

Exhibition view, I GOT UP, An exhibition activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc. Photo A. Mole.
Cally Spooner, Toni Smit, 2021, From A Lecture on Stagnation, Engraved plate, printed edition.

On the wall from left:
Omer Fast, Karla,A visual project, 2020 Flash Art Magazine,Winter, 2020
Robert Breer, Untitled, 1971, Framed drawing, Color pencil and felt-pen
On Kawara, I GOT UP, 1968, Stamped ink on postcard
On the floor:
Tirdad Hashemi, Sorry your daughter loves me, 2019, Pastel on paper
Tirdad Hashemi, Stuttering language, 2020, Collage, felt pen, pastel gras on paper

Guillaume Maraud, “twitch.tv” [June 6, 2011 - ] v. Omer Fast,“Surplus”, solo exhibition [Nov 27, 2021 - Jan 8, 2022], 2021, dibond mirror

On the wall:
Nilbar Güres, Self De floration; Left Handed, 2021, Mixed materials

Ei Arakawa, Ei (egg), 2020, Euros copper coins and cents

On the left wall: Marianne Maric, l’Odalisque aux baskets, Beauvais, 2017, Baryta and Selenium print / On the middle wall: Serge García, INT. HOTEL. MORNING (Terre Exits Hotel Room), 2021, Stills from Grand Central Hotel, Standard / On the right wall from left to right: Georgia Sagri, She is breaking the door she is not taking about it, 2012, Inkjet print on paper / Dan Graham, Income (Out ow) Piece, 1969, framed magazine insert / Jeff Wall Production, I GOT UP, Hot Wheels Athens, 2021, Photos by Costas Caravetellis after Sophie Calle / On the floor, from left: Ei Arakawa, Ei (egg), 2020, Euros copper coins and cents / Marina Xenofontos, Children builders, grandchild of miners, 2021, MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair (white, brown) / Backpack filled with: Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Sans titre (714 dessins), 2005/2021 / On the door in the background: Lois Weinberger, Garden, 1997 / in the other room at the back: Vier5, AIDS (1981-2021), 2021 Poster

Eva Barto, Les heures supplémentaires du retardataire, 2018-21 [Latecomer’s overtimes]

Eva Barto, Whistleblowers (fr) 1/2, 2019, Beacon / report apparatus, water and fire resistant materials

On the back wall from the left:
Július Koller, Anti-Environment 1.2. (U.F.O.), 1980, 2 B&W photographs on paper, framed
Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Sans titre (714 dessins), 2005/2021, 2 photocopieuse Canon fc 120, diverses techniques sur papier.
Mauricio Guillén, Le Ministre de la Marine (after Charles Mèryon) Paris 1800- 2015, 2015, Gelatin silver print and archival injects
On screen:
Pak Sheung Chuen, Breathing in a House, 2006, Video Documentation
On the floor in front:
Marina Xenofontos, Children builders, grandchild of miners, 2021 MDF wood, rejected monobloc chair (white, brown)
On the door in the back:
John Knight, Journal Series, 1976 - Pailhas. Fine Wood Working Subscription, 1989, Two magazines, six documents

Vier5, AIDS (1981-2021), 2021 Poster

Exhibition view, I GOT UP, An exhibition activated by Pierre Bal-Blanc. Photo A. Mole.
On the floor:
Ryan Gander, Your nostalgia, 2014 Bronze sculpture

On the wall from left to right:
Pratchaya Phinthong, Unclock, 2019, Watchman clock paper roll
Pierre Klossowski, Les lois de l’hospitalité, 1953, Textes manuscrit encadré
On screen:
Friedl Vom Gröller, Poetry for Sale, 2013
Above the door:
Jeff Wall Production, Cours Paul Ricard – 1909-1997 – Bienfaiteur et mécène, Work in progress, 2021-

Pierre Klossowski, Les lois de l’hospitalité, 1953, Textes manuscrit encadré

From the top:
Eva Barto, Whistleblowers (fr) 1/2, 2019, Beacon / report apparatus, water and fire resistant materials,
Marina Xenofontos, Security, 2019, Unique bronze cast in ashes

The exhibition entitled I GOT UP activates the formula used by the conceptual artist On Kawara in a series he began on May 10, 1968 and completed twelve years later, in 1979 following the accidental theft of his notebooks and the ink pad used to produce them.

The I GOT UP series consists of sending a postcard to different recipients every day, indicating with an ink stamp the exact date and time of the start of the artist’s daily activity. This series, produced over more than a decade, should be understood as a work of which only fragments are available, like one of the postcards addressed to the artist Dan Graham, presented in this exhibition.

The opening performance of the exhibition uses the same date and time as that written on the postcard sent more than half a century ago in 1968 from Lima in Peru to the American artist in New York in the United States.

The exhibition will be activated on the morning of October 19, 2021 at 8:59 am for an exchange in the presence of a person who will have spent the previous night in a bed installed in the gallery. Access to this room, which usually serves as a showroom, is not available from the public entrance to the gallery, but from the private residents’ door of the building, Intercom Toni Smit, at the same number: 18 rue des quatre-fils.

The exhibition, apparently presented in a domestic space, but concretely situated within the perimeter of the ground plan of the commercial gallery, thus underlines the disappearance of all privacy. Works produced at the same time as that of On Kawara or more recently by artists of different generations and origins echoing this series which has become a canon of conceptual art will be exhibited, thus forming a constellation which anticipates or relates to the current condition of our societies of control.

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Cinéma Luminor
20, rue du Temple
75004 Paris
Thursday 21 October, 19h

Mauricio Guillén
Paris was not you, 2015- 2019
Film 20” (colour / sound)
With: Élise Farrell, Nils Edström and Sadibou Dedhiou
Written and Directed by Mauricio Guillén
Assistant Director: Natalia Ducrey
Cinematography Christophe Clavert
Direct sound: Henri Maïkoff
Original Music: Éliane Radigue

The film is inscribed in the cinematic tradition of the portraits de ville genre. It departs from the etchings Eaux-Fortes Sur Paris by Charles Méryon and draws a parallel between the quickly transforming city of Paris under the rule of Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann, and Paris of 2015, shortly after the terrorist attacks and transitioning into the Greater Paris under François Hollande.

Serge Garcia and Terre Thaemlitz
Grand Central Hotel, 2021
Director & Cinematographer: Serge Garcia
Written by: Terre Thaemlitz & Serge Garcia

Grand Central Hotel is a ruminative portrait about the American musician, activist, and essayist Terre Thaemlitz.
Supported by FID Marseille.


Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and essayist based in Athens and Paris. His last projects are the retrospective exhibition The Non-Canonical Gospel According to Tomislav Gotovac (also known as  Antonio G. Lauer) National Gallery Tirana, 2021; “I GOT UP” with On Kawara, Georgia Sagri, Delia Gonzalez, Serapis Maritime and Sophie Calle at Hotwheels Athens, 2021; “Le salon Turc” with Nilbar Güreş, for de Appel at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2021; “All Criteria This Position Any Moment” 2020 with Cally Spooner in Haus N Athens. His last publications are “Der Canaletto Blick-The Canaletto View” (Kontakt/Walther König 2020); “Collective Exhibition for a Single Body-The documenta 14 Score” (catalogue Museumcultuur Strombeek Gent, 2019); “The Private Score” (catalogue M Leuven/gb agency/Paraguay 2019). He is part of the Advisory Board of Flash Art Magazine where he has published the column “The Curatorial Gaze” in 2020-21.