QUART D’HEURE AMERICAIN
Mains d'Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, November 10 - 26, 2017
Exhibition in the frame of AICA International 50th International Congress
In collaboration with heiwata
With : Robert Filliou, Joël Andrianomearisoa & Ivan Krassoievitch, Alex Ayed & Georgia Dickie, Cécile Bouffard & Matthieu Cossé, Corentin Canesson & Bastien Cosson, Martin Chramosta & Martina-Sofie Wildberger, Charlie Jeffery & Joshua Schwebel, Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Thu-Van Tran.
The expression quart d’heure américain refers firstly to a short period of time, a reversal of the rules of seduction during surprise-parties at the turn of 1960s-70s in France: a brief moment when girls invited boys to share a dance within a codified society. A popular practice soon obsolete in turn despite an apparent progressivism. It also refers to the famous quote by Andy Warhol, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” — a programmatic phrase which defines as much the access to this glory as its inevitable end.
Finally, in this moment it can refer to Robert Filliou’s work Danse-poème collectif [Collaborative Dance-Poem] (1962), performed by two people, each spinning a wheel. The activated work generates combinations of poems by the artist, a self-proclaimed “genius without talent” who continues the concept of the Fête Permanente [Permanent Party] and for whom time was a changing and subjective phenomenon.
Around Robert Filliou and aligned with Fluxus, the exhibition brings together fourteen international artists in pairs. They update objects, forms, language and knowledge for which use is now neglected.
Collaborating in symbiosis, coincidentally or formally associated, they combine drawing, sculpture, video, installation, poetry and performance. Sharing a same area for a period of time, they propose fictional or documentary stories with a diffuse geography celebrating the power of the useless against automatic productivity. Using works tainted with melancholy and absurdity, the artist duos produce dissonance and changing perceptions. They question main artistic, cultural and social values. The disuse becomes an act of resistance by dreamers, poets and outsiders. A step to the left in a world of speed.