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Project Phalanstère at CAC Brétigny – or “Of museum orgy or mixed omnigamy in composite and harmonic order” Treatise

Pierre Bal-Blanc, 2018

Publication

Soft cover
Editorial conception: Pierre Bal-Blanc in dialogue with Vier5 and Émile Ouroumov
Texts by: Pierre Bal-Blanc
Publisher: CAC Brétigny and Work Method
ISBN: 978-3-95679-319-6
Graphic design: Vier5
Dimensions: 25 x 19 cm
Language: English, French
268 pages


€ 25  


The publication traces the architectural program carried out by par Pierre Bal-Blanc at CAC Brétigny from 2003 to 2015, a series of site-specific projects with both creative and pedagogic purposes, favoring relations with the outside and the local residents.

Organized by curator Pierre Bal-Blanc, the experimental architectural program “Project Phalanstère” consisted of a series of site-specific artworks in the Parisian suburbs. Taking place from 2003 to 2014, these projects developed a creative space extended in time. Here, in contrast with the duration of the work schedule, in which one task follows another, the simultaneity of life’s forces asserted its rhythm. Some works exceeded the conventional time and space of an exhibition: Lionel Estève’s myope et amnésique (2005), for example, was conceived to be larger than any one viewer can see; through the displacement of existing objects, both Cyprien Gaillard and Lois Weinberger reflected upon permanence and the monument; Christodolous Panayiotou and Jens Hanning made subtle alterations to existing architecture, playing with the material presence and experience of light; and so on.
This book proposes to adopt a new syntax. It does not simply call for a renewal of the terminology used in the field of contemporary art programming. Its syntax has taken shape by progressively building on the complex materiality of artworks in a specific context—an art center located in the Parisian suburbs—and not by contriving itself with the help of words and discourses uttered from an abstract perspective. The political aims of “Project Phalanstère” appear in the ungrammatical formulas that the works articulate and in the active resistance that they manifest against a normative authority that, although it accepts the play of words, continues to enforce the disciplinary activity of arts administration.

Over one hundred pages of images of the installed works opens the volume, followed by the individual artworks according to a score that denotes use, nature, and location, annotated to place each work within a larger cultural context. A comprehensive timeline of the exhibitions concludes the volume.

The publication includes projects by the following artists, designers, choreographers, architects and musicians: Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), Robert Breer, Daniel Buren, Maurizio Cattelan, Nicolas Chardon, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Lionel Estève, Esther Ferrer, Cyprien Gaillard, Jens Haaning, David Lamelas, François Laroche-Valière (Cie Studio Laroche-Valière), Mathieu Lehanneur, Teresa Margolles, Dominique Mathieu, Hans Walter Müller, Rainer Oldendorf, Roman Ondák, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Gianni Pettena, Pratchaya Phinthong, R&Sie(n) (François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro), Matthieu Saladin, Santiago Sierra, Gabriel Sierra, Xavier Veilhan, Vier5, Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan), Lois Weinberger.

Les voix blanches (map)
Dominique Petitgand
€ 1200
Fail to Fall
Roman Ondak
€ 20
It might never happen (Poster encounter)
Ryan Gander
€ 290
AMA. Ľubomír Ďurček, Květoslava Fulierová, Július Koller and Amateur Artists
Július Koller
€ 25
Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score – The Licence
Pierre Bal-Blanc
€ 14
Deux mille quinze
Mark Geffriaud
€ 29
HOWOHWHWOOWHWHOWOH
Yann Sérandour
€ 21
On False Tears
Cally Spooner
€ 45
Collective Exhibition for a Single Body - The Private Score
Pierre Bal-Blanc
€ 6
Robert Breer: A à Z
Robert Breer
€ 25
Robert Breer: A to Z
Robert Breer
€ 25
Spoon
Pratchaya Phinthong
€ 250
THE ANNOTATED READER
Ryan Gander
€ 27
And You Were Wonderful, On Stage
Cally Spooner
€ 13
Toast
Mark Geffriaud
€ 25
écoute 3
Dominique Petitgand
€ 40
History Repeats Itself
Roman Ondak, Brigitte Huck
€ 30
One Man Anti Show, Dokumentation, Documentation, Dokumentàcia
Daniel Grúň, Kathrin Rhomberg, Georg Schöllhammer (eds.)
€ 25
Picasso and I
Ryan Gander
€ 10
Règle du jeu
Elina Brotherus
€ 35
One Man Anti Show
Július Koller
€ 25
Soleil Politique
Pierre Bal-Blanc
€ 25
The light from the north
Elina Brotherus
€ 30
Da Capo Fifteen Films
Deimantas Narkevičius
€ 30
Disasters
Pratchaya Phinthong
€ 70
Le présent continue
Omer Fast
€ 35
Les femmes de la Maison Carré
Elina Brotherus
€ 20
Sans son chien (Cadbury purple)
Yann Sérandour
€ 100
Tango-Housut / Tango Trousers
Elina Brotherus
€ 20
Culturefield
Ryan Gander
€ 55
D E I M A N T A S : Cupboard and a song
Deimantas Narkevičius
€ 5
Július Koller: Galéria Ganku
Július Koller
€ 30
Roman Ondak: Time Capsule
Roman Ondak
€ 35
5,000 Feet Is the Best
Omer Fast
€ 25
Le Dit du dé
Ryan Gander
€ 20
Loop
Roman Ondak
€ 40
Observations
Roman Ondak
€ 30
No. 2
Ryan Gander
€ 12
Roman Ondak - Notebook
Roman Ondak
€ 50
Rosa's Letters
Pia Rönicke
€ 24
Robert Breer
Robert Breer
€ 45
Július Koller: Science-Fiction Retrospective
Július Koller
€ 65
Bez Názvu - Jiří Kovanda, 1970‑2001
Jiří Kovanda
€ 35
Inside the White Cube – Overprinted edition
Yann Sérandour
€ 25
Notes on It’s a Right Heath Robinson Affair
Ryan Gander
€ 5
Measuring the Universe
Roman Ondak
€ 25
Etudes d'après modèle, danseurs
Elina Brotherus
€ 50
Roman Ondak
Roman Ondak
€ 30
Robert Breer: Films, Floats & Panoramas
Robert Breer
€ 30
Roman Ondak
Roman Ondak
€ 35
The New Painting
Elina Brotherus
€ 50
I wanna tell you something
Omer Fast
€ 15
(textes/sons)
Dominique Petitgand
€ 10
Float
Robert Breer
€ 300
Project Phalanstère at CAC Brétigny – or “Of museum orgy or mixed omnigamy in composite and harmonic order” Treatise

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