January 22, 2007 - La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art - Jocelyn Cottencin
January 22, 2007

Jocelyn Cottencin

Untitled (Just a Walk), 2006, video, production la criée center for contemporary art, copyright Jocelyn Cottencin

Jocelyn Cottencin​
Just a Walk

Exhibition 26 January-11 March 2007

Opening Friday, 26 January, 6:00 p.m. at the CCNRB / 7:00 p.m. at la criée

la criée center for contemporary art
place Honoré Commeurec halles centrales
35000 Rennes
France
tel.: ( 33) (0)2 23 62 25 10
fax ( 33) (0)2 23 62 25 19
la-criee [​at​] ville-rennes.fr

www.criee.org
www.justawalk.com

 

In 2005, la criée center for contemporary art initiated a program of European residencies in the cities of the Atlantic Arc. Just a Walk is a project created by the artist and graphic designer Jocelyn Cottencin that began in March 2005 and will continue its development through January 2007 between Bilbao, San Sebastian, Glasgow, Porto, Lisbon and Rennes. The project involves an Internet site, periods spent in residency, work sessions between artists and art professionals, and an exhibition.
Just a Walk is not in itself a direct questioning of European space, however the practice of displacement, with the connections it creates between ideas, individuals, artworks and structures, tests the notion of “territories”. This notion must be considered at once in terms of its geographic reality and the imaginary and utopian dimension it generates, the relationship the individual constructs with her environment, a nation, an identity, a private or shared space.

Jocelyn Cottencin’s artistic practice associates photography, video, installation and graphic design. Because of this, the work shown at la criée may seem very diverse, however rather than an installation of a group of works, what Just a Walk invites the visitor to discover is the relations that make up a coherent space for reflection with its own specific temporality. Here, images are not simply to be seen but to be experimented with in an environment of waiting, suspension or latency. Just a Walk creates a space dedicated for the ramifications of visual resonances. Like the hyperlinks of the Internet site where the exchanges of the artists participating in the residencies appear, the works presented in the exhibition refer back to and illuminate one another (in both the literal and metaphorical sense since they produce their own light). They function by stratification, circumvolution, dispersion or reassembly and offer multiple possible readings that one can make one’s own for as many different discoveries of the same project.

Videos show scenes of human crowds and urban masses that at first seem easily identifiable but little by little uncertainty sets in. The contact that takes place between individuals exchanges, frictions, encounters, avoidance may influence our perception of their environment, unless it is the environment that gives new meaning to their behaviour.

Views of natural sites, void of human presence, are displayed in large-format photographs and videos. Subtle details, such as variations in light, relief or atmospheric conditions, cause these spaces to take on an enigmatic presence.

Sentences written directly on the wall or in neon lettering are revealed through a font that proliferates until it becomes itself landscape. The graphics are in resonance with the meaning of the proposition, since Jocelyn Cottencins work as a graphic designer is indissociable from his artistic practice.

In other photographs, our attention focuses on beings engaged in concrete physical actions such as walking, or, on the contrary, lost in thought, unconscious of their bodies. The actions here are not defined in terms of their purpose (the possibility of a narrative is left to the viewer) but rather in terms of flux and rhythms.

At the heart of Jocelyn Cottencin’s creative process is an abandonment of control over the gaze in order to attempt to create images that contain something other than what they show us: another place, a different temporality

Beyond the contemplation they originally provoke, Jocelyn Cottencin’s works escape us. Often imposing but never spectacular, they leave room for doubt and uncertain perception. Through these unstable situations, through the slowness of a movement, the roundness of a form, a critical position emerges that resists all forms of facile seduction, and all claims to authoritarian truth.

Further information about Just a Walk and events organized around the exhibition :
www.criee.org and www.justawalk.com

Exhibition with the participation of Tiago Guedes : Vocabulario, video installation by Jocelyn Cottencin and Tiago Guedes, at the CCNRB (Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m.).
Matériaux divers, solo by Tiago Guedes, Wednesday, 7 February, 7:00 p.m. at the CCNRB. www.ccnrb.org

Residencies and Internet site in collaboration with Roderick Buchanan, Carla Cruz, Marcel Dinahet, Tiago Guedes, Jean-Marc Huitorel, Alain Michard, Nuno Sacramento, Loïc Touzé, Sébastien Vonier.

Just a Walk has received special support from the Brittany Regional Council, and from CULTURESFRANCE in the framework of an agreement with the City of Rennes.

Sponsors: Tramway, Glasgow CCNRB, Rennes Frac Brittany RE.AL Lisbon la criée center for contemporary art

Exchanges and Collaborations: Just a Walk has benefited from exchanges and collaborations with the following European structures specialized in contemporary art: Institut Français (Bilbao, Spain), Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal), Frac Pays-de-la-Loire (Carquefou, France).

Admission free
Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays

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