LES ATELIERS DE RENNES
BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
FROM MAY 16 TO JULY 20 2008
COUVENT DES JACOBINS / LA CRIÉE CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN / MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS DE RENNES / ÉCOLE RÉGIONALE DES BEAUX ARTS / CENTRE CULTUREL COLOMBIER / LE GRAND CORDEL / LE TRIANGLE / UNIVERSITÉ RENNES 2 - HAUTE BRETAGNE / LES CHAMPS LIBRES / FACULTÉ DES SCIENCES ÉCONOMIQUES UNIVERSITÉ RENNES 1
An ambitious event to bring together contemporary art and the corporate world.
On 16 May 2008, the cultural life in Rennes will be enriched by an important rendez-vous with artistic creation: a biennale to enhance the relation between art and the corporate world. With a European scope, it will bring together over sixty French and foreign artists at the Couvent des Jacobins and in various emblematic sites in the city.
From Abdessemed to Vilmouth
Kristina Solomoukha, Deux maisons (maison qui brûle, maison qui dégouline - Two houses, one that burns, onne thet trickle), 2006 Wooden beam, painted wood, neons 380 x 306 x 590 cm (that burn) 350 x 306 x 590 cm (that trickle) Festival Rayon frais, Tours. Photographic credits and courtesy of the artist
This first edition, Valeurs croisées, is the result of an initiative by a private patron, the food- processing group Norac, combined with support from the State and the local authorities and help from the FRAC Bretagne (Regional Fund for Contemporary art). Designed and carried out by the Art to be association, it focuses on the creation of value, a problem that is common to artists and corporations. In a first phase, from November 2007 to April 2008, research and creation internships -called SouRCEs according to the initials in French- ranging from five weeks to six months, have allowed some fifteen artists to elaborate a project by looking into a problem experienced
The second phase with the exhibition Valeurs croisées, presents works by more than sixty French and foreign artists. Productions resulting from SouRCEs, as well as works specifically made for this event, public commissions and works lent by public and private collections are presented at the Couvent des Jacobins and in most of the cultural venues in the city. The angle adopted is that of crossed looks between the subject artist taking part in art's real and symbolic economy on the one hand, and on the other the subject working in an organization that is part of the general economic system (company employee, entrepreneur). Through different prisms (the artist considering his own production, or reacting to the industrial production modes, the employee artist, the artist employee, the artist entrepreneur, etc.), Valeurs croisées questions the value creation parameters, whether economic, social or symbolic, put at risk in the act of production.
Among the artists chosen, some are interested in the fundamentals of work or of non-work. Jean-Luc Vilmouth questions the essence of technique by turning man's first tool, the pick, away from its first use. Claude Closky takes a try at the impossible task of exhausting the probabilities of lottery games, and underlines the absurdity of wanting to win the right to no longer work. Others take a stance in regard to a given order that would be the subordination to a need of labor. Adel Abdessemed presents his resignation -which is impossible for an artist - and the act itself becomes a work of art, and Julien Prévieux gives the reasons for his refusal to enter the nomenclatures of work. Jean-Luc Moulène, Charles Mazé or even Simon Starling reinterpret the process and the results of industrial production, by modifying for example a manufacturing process to give birth to an object that has become a work of art. Jean-Marc Chapoulie, the collective group Au travail/At work or Ludovic Burel & Noëlle Pujol explore forms of production of oneself at work that can go through the use of the «wig», that is the use of corporate production means for artistic or subversive objectives. A theoretical extension of the artistic experiences will be stimulated by the Générateur de problèmes (Problem generator) by artist-consultant François Deck and will nourish a rich program of conferences, workshops and slide shows.
Illustration: Jean-Luc Vilmouth Le marteau dans le mur, 1979 Marteau, wall with varying dimensions Courtesy Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris
COUVENT DES JACOBINS 4, rue d’Echange - 35000 RENNES www.mbar.org
MOVIES PROGRAM : LE TAMBOUR, by Bernard Brunon - That’s Painting Productions : visible all the time on the front of the University Library
Conference on Saturday June 14, coffe-conference on Tuesday July 8 and on Wednesday July 9.
RENNES 1 AMPHITHÉÂTRE N°3 7, place Hoche, F-35000 Rennes www.univ-rennes1.fr
Symposium : June 7 2008 from de 9 am to 7 pm.