Frédéric Moser and Philippe Schwinger
From 8 February to 26 March 2011
Opening 8 February from 6pm to 9pm
Ce dont on sera dans l’avenir capable is the first solo exhibition of the duo of swiss artists Moser & Schwinger in a Parisian institution. Comprised of video projections, documents and objects, and inhabited by live performances, the exhibition has been developed in the framework of their long-term video project France, détours, initiated in 2009. Envisaged as an evolutive exhibition, Ce dont on sera dans l’avenir capable presents episode 1 of France, détours, completed in Toulouse in 2009 and serves as a basis for the creation of a stage of formulation around the simultaneous shooting of episode 2 in Pierrefitte, coproduced by Kadist Art Foundation and the production company L’âge d’or. France, détours addresses social and urbanistic issues, as well as the question of education, thus bearing particular relevance to Bétonsalon as an art centre located within a university and in newly developed urban area in Paris.
The films of Frédéric Moser and Philippe Schwinger question the present through political and social facts from recent history. To do so, they showcase the sources of contemporary reality in order to put them in the place of a conflicting discussion. For them, the construction of reality is related to the establishment of a space-to-speak.
Coming from diverse social backgrounds, the youth they have worked with in the various episodes does not entirely confirm the clichés the media and politicians try to create. Moser & Schwinger follow Jacques Rancière’s hypothesis which states that “the real must be fictionalised in order to be thought”. Each situation enables the uestioning of fictitious elements associated with a specific reality, and each time, with the help of different mediators, this reality is pproached in a new way. The two artists have created a fieldwork investigation and collaborated with architects, sociologists, journalists or historians in order to intersect several discourses and methodologies in their films.
The exhibition Ce dont on sera dans l’avenir capable will take place simultaneously with the shooting of episode 2 and will act as a vehicle of reflection and experimentation to construct this episode. To do so, Moser & Schwinger have wished to venture into the choreographic field with the collaboration of five dancers from ‘Essais’, a training programme led by CNDC (National center for contemporary dance) in Angers. The exhibition will unfold this performative work into three intertwined temporalities questioning the potential of the past, present and future contained within the title Ce dont on sera dans l’avenir capable.
The exhibition space will be largely covered by a platform of formulation – materialised by a dance floor – to articulate these three temporalities. This platform will be used to record a erformance filmed prior to the exhibition and in which the five performers, interpreting texts and gestures, have proposed various possible scenarii to arrange the objects, people and situations found at Pierrefitte. The film ensuing from the performance will be projected in the exhibition and accompanied by the props used by the performers (school furniture, placards and a blackboard). The traces of the past performance will be in dialogue with a video documenting the research and location scouting carried out before the film shoot. The platform will further serve as a site of live narration for two evenings during which four of the five performers will give a choreographic rendering of experiences in Pierrefitte. Together with various offsite activities, these choreographic meetings have been conceived by the artists as a metaphorical forum for the exhibition, and as a possible mode of translation of a process.
We warmly thanks : the artists and participants of the exhibition dancer and perfomers, the partners of the exhibition, the Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Kadist Art Foundation, the production company L’âge d’or, the association AFPAD, Raïssa KIM , and everyone who contributed to the realisation of this project.
This exhibition is supported by
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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