Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains 1997–2017: 20 years of a utopia

Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains 1997–2017: 20 years of a utopia

Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains

Panorama 18. © Didier Knoff.
June 5, 2017

Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains
22, rue du Fresnoy BP 80179
59202 Tourcoing cedex

T +33(0)3 20 28 38 00
communication [​at​] lefresnoy.net
presse [​at​] bureaujigsaw.com


20 years of contemporary art, of technologies, of science, of society, of movements and of ideas

Created in Tourcoing in 1997 by Alain Fleischer, Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains celebrated its tenth birthday with the exhibition Dans la nuit, des images at the Grand Palais, Paris. Today, it is celebrating its first 20 years with a series of events held throughout the 2017/18 season.

This birthday programme will celebrate French and international recognition of Le Fresnoy for its excellence as an institution providing training and supporting experiment and production in the field of art and audiovisual work.

20th birthday events:

Le Rêve des formes- Art, science, etc.
(The Dream of Forms. Art, science, etc.)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris
June 14–September 10

The exhibition brings together contemporary artists and scientists around the way they are now rethinking their relationship with the living world, and raising questions about the forms that inanimate or living matter can take, from the scale of the infinitely small to the infinitely big.

The exhibition is based on a proposal by Le Fresnoy – Studio national
Curators: Alain Fleischer, Claire Moulène

Multidisciplinary arts/sciences symposium
Collège de France, Paris
September 5–7

By exploring the dreams that can be inspired by forms, perhaps we might be tempted to anticipate the moment when the latter break free of their referent and become signs devoid of all meaning, signs that would then start dreaming themselves, in a more literal way than we are usually inclined to understand.

Then, instead of “What do forms make us dream of?” or “What forms do we dream of?” we would ask, “What do forms dream of? What is the dream of forms?”

Exhibition: Panorama 19
Le Fresnoy – Studio national, Tourcoing
September 23–December 31
Opening: Friday, September 22

This annual event, which this year has invited Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo, to curate, will be inaugurated at almost the exact date of the anniversary, 20 years after the arrival of the first intake.

Additional event: programme of films from Panorama 19
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk

Performance: I.D, Arnaud Petit
Théâtre de l’Idéal, Tourcoing
October 20–21, 8:30pm

A young woman, Mimi, is confronted with her own image. Having got over the initial surprise, she enters into a dialogue, and this confrontation with her double will gradually reveal the hidden details of a life that she had forgotten. She engages in a kind of personal archaeology.

I.D. is an opera because Mimi is a singer, and so is her wholly technological and virtual double. On stage, a mime embodies this “ethereal” being (as they would have put it in the 19th century) of Mimi’s double, like a technological puppeteer. A small ensemble of seven musicians accompanies and controls the unfolding of this opera.

And also:

Là où va le cinéma programme
mk2 Beaubourg cinema, Paris
Until June 2017, discovering films by artists from Le Fresnoy

Frankfurt International Book Fair
October 11–15

Prix StudioCollector programme
Fundação Leal Rios, Lisbon
April–June 2017

Film programmes, meetings, photographic productions, mixed programmes and other events throughout the year:
Académie de France, Rome / Lincoln Center, New York / IRCAM, Paris / Le 104, Paris / Jeu de Paume, Paris / Festival de Pantin / MUba, Tourcoing / Conservatoire de Tourcoing / Médiathèque de Tourcoing / and other international partners with the support of the Institut Français

Yann Robin: Symétriades/Extension
For double bass and aural and visual electro-digital device
Orchestre national de Lille—October 2018

RSVP for Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains…
Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains
June 5, 2017

Thank you for your RSVP.

Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.