October 23, 2001 - Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris - TRAVERSEES AT ARC
October 23, 2001


25 October 2001 – 6 January 2002


The exhibition Traverses (Crossings) features a new vital area in the French art scene. Traverses is rooted in an observation that artists are increasingly connecting with other disciplines. Each participant in the exhibition was invited to work with one or several practitioners from other creative or experimental fields, with whom they feel a real affinity. The collaborators’ simultaneous reactions to different contexts have generated innovative interactions whose freely chosen form may be that of a joint work, a talk, a debate, a text, etc. In the same spirit, and in resonance with the different disciplines, the Salle Dufy will house five “exhibitions in the exhibition” – five autonomous zones entrusted to independent curators and offering a choice of works in video, literature, music and web design (an exhibition can hide another exhibition).

The open form of Traverses questions the principles and functions of a contemporary art exhibition. At the same time it is a response to an urgently felt need to make manifest the interconnections that arise from the desire to “experiment” with the most diverse models, and thus to assert the differences of approach that exist in relation to the instability of knowledge.

Far from being encased in the certitudes of a finished project, this is an open-ended event that leaves room for the unpredictable, for possibilities of exchange and encounter. It is experienced as a complex and dynamic system of learning, a process and a laboratory. Hence it is almost organic in character, with germination and sedimentation, rooted in life itself. Conceived as a kind of manual, the catalogue  aims to elucidate its multiple crossings and connections.

Laurence Boss and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Boris Achour (with Nicolas Orlando, Stphane Du Mesnildot and Thierry Foglizzo)
Alice Anderson (with Philippe Argence)
Isabelle Arthuis (with Benot Travers, John Mahy, Emma Morin, Antoine Rgent, Otti Vanderweif and Abel Mausia)
Mircea Cantor (with Samon Takahashi)
Dcosterd & Rahm, associs (with Patrick Lemoine and AIR)
Didier Fiuza Faustino (with Emmanuel Hubaut and Joo Andreazzi)
Anne Frmy (with Jeff Rian and Jean-Jacques Palix)
Grald (with Tommaso Di Ciaula)
Marine Hugonnier (with Bernard Hugonnier)
Jan Kopp (with Marco Berrettini)
Vincent Labaume (with a group of anonymous TV viewers)
Seul-Gi Lee (with Simon Boudvin and Cyril Dietrich)
Christelle Lheureux and Alexandre Pollazzon (with uapS, Kim Sop Boninsegni, Hsia-Fei Chang, Joe Apitchatpong Weerasethalkul, Show-Chun Lee, Bernard
Joisten, Pierre Joseph and Naomi Kawase)
Mathieu Mercier (with Rgis Le Bras and Gilles Drouault)
Melik Ohanian (with William J. Clancey)
Ccile Paris (with Franoise Rognerud, Fanny Adler and Jochen Gerner)
Jan Peters (with Hlna Villovitch)
Dominique Petitgand (with Stphanie Ditche, Julien Loustau, Grand Magasin, Marie Maillard, Christian Merlhiot, Peggy Pocheux, Marie Vachette, Mark Aerial Waller and Marc Sens)
Bojan Sarcevic (with Mikael Garandeau)
Bruno Serralongue (with the Collectif des Sans-Papiers de la Maison des Ensembles)
Laurent Terras (with Cyrille Martinez)
Fabien Verschaere (with Paul Messerschmitt)
Olivier Zabat (with Chris North)

and choices of :
Gal Amzalag (web sites) : The Fountain of Random Knowledge
Valrie Mrjen (literature) : Charles Pennequin, Sa femme, C. Tarkos, Mme Wiener, Stphane Bouquet and Brigitte Giraud
Leonor Nuridsany (video) : Samuel Bianchini, Alain Declercq and Alain Della Negra 
Alexandre Pollazzon (video) : see Christelle Lheureux
Samon Takahashi (music) : Quentin Rollet and Nol Akchot, Vincent Epplay, Cdric Pigot, J. Mahtab, Clic., Anne Laplantine, Dragibus, Sonotube, Andrew
Sharpley, Trackmark, Eva-Revox, Ccile Babiole, Mahayoni Mudra, My Jazzy Child and Mils
Alexis Vaillant (tir  l’arc) : Jean-Franois Moriceau and Petra Mrzyk
Tanguy Viel (literature) : Philippe Adam, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Franois Bon, Jean Echenoz, Rgis Jauffret, Frdric-Yves Jeannet, Leslie Kaplan, Joris Lacoste, Laurent Mauvignier, Pierre Michon and Antoine Volodine

Hub and handbook designed by www.IDSland.com    (peyricot&scandella)

TRAVERSEES is curated by Laurence Boss and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, with Aurlie Voltz.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday, 10 – 5.30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 6.45 pm.
There will be lectures in the exhibition space on Thursdays and Saturdays at 3 pm, and Sundays at 11 am.
Press Office: Hlne Decaudin / Vronique Prest – tl : 00 33 153 67 40 50 or 51
e-mail: veronique.prest@mairie-paris.fr  
Website: www.paris-France.org/musees

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