215 x 135 mm
The Digressions series welcomes its tenth opus with A Staged Exhibition, which finds curator Mathieu Copeland delving into “choreographing exhibitions” in conversations with curator Marie-Hélène Leblanc, choreographer Jennifer Lacey and musician Lætitia Sadier.
In considering the porosity of the boundaries between the so-called plastic arts and the performing arts, and transcending the forms and vocabularies dictated by the space of an exhibition venue, Mathieu Copeland continues his probing of the very nature of the exhibition….”le temps d’un spectacle”…Dispensing with the physical reality of the object, the exhibition exists solely through the prism of the spectator’s experience. In partnership with La Ferme du Buisson and Captures éditions, Matthieu Copeland is also publishing a booklet containing transcriptions of the texts of the 13 guest artists – Art & Language, Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Robert Barry, Luis Camnitzer, Braco Dimitrijević, Coco Fusco, Giovanna, Joseph Grigely, Swetlana Heger, Florence Jung, Ghislaine Leung, David Medalla and Michael Portnoy – whose dreamed, real or vanished works are interpreted by Jennifer Lacey and Lætitia Sadier against a backdrop by Gaylen Gerber.
About the Artists
Mathieu Copeland (b. 1977) is a curator and publisher living and working in London. Graduate from the London Goldsmiths College, he curated, among others, the exhibitions Voids (with Laurent Le Bon, John Armleder, Gustav Metzger, Mai-Thu Perret and Clive Phillpot) at Centre Pompidou and Kunsthalle Bern in 2009, Soundtrack for an Exhibition and Alan Vega at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Expart-Art Centre / EAC (with Brian Eno, Pierre Huyghe, Ben Kinmont, Claude Lévêque, Didier Marcel, Olivier Mosset, Shimabuku, Dan Walsh, and Ian Wilson) at ICA, London, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Museum Sztuki Lodz, CAC Vilnius, Kunstihoone Tallinn, and Bizart Shanghai, Meanwhile… Across Town (with Cerith Wyn Evans) at Centre Point Building, London. He participated at the 9th Lyon Biennal. In 2002, Mathieu Copeland has launched Anna Sanders Films World Tour (a program of films by Charles de Meaux, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe et Philippe Parreno). He is the editor of the book Anna Sanders Films – The In-Between, published by Les presses du réel.
Marie-Hélène Leblanc (b. 1981, Canada) is an artist, writer and curator, director of the Galerie UQO in Gatineau, Canada.
Jennifer Lacey (b. 1966 in Chicago, lives and works in Paris) is an artist-choreographer.
Lætitia Sadier (b. 1968 in Vincennes, lives and works in London) is a singer and musician. She co-founded Stereolab with guitarist Tim Gane in 1990. She formed Monade in 1996 and has been pursuing a solo career since 2010.
About the Collection
Initiated in 2017 by Julie Pellegrin and the team of the Contemporary Art Center La Ferme du Buisson in collaboration with the Captures editions, Digressions is a collection of interviews (bilingual French / English) which accompanies the programming of the Art Center. Through conversations with the guest artists, the notebooks give access behind the scenes of the projects and testify to the reflections, research, methodologies and sometimes doubts or trial and error that nourish a work process. By giving the floor to the artists, the whole collection makes very singular voices heard which nevertheless resonate with each other to explore shared questions around the performance and the writing of the exhibition, the commitment corporal and political, of the decompartmentalization of disciplines.
For each issue, there is a change in color of the cover paper with or without embossing, distinguishing the publications in relation to the artistic project. The inside pages are printed in a pantone tone and the transition to the English language is materialized by a double-page image resulting from the research work. Postcards from the exhibitions are printed and inserted randomly into the notebooks like bookmarks. The elegant and dynamic layout by Claire Moreux marries the intricacies of reflection by inviting the reader to navigate, literally, in the text.
About the Publisher
Captures’ initial priority was to publish artists’ books, an association artist, graphic designer and publisher, free of all constraints. Subsequently, with the constant desire to prioritize the artist’s voice, uncover research, differences and debates on the question of art, other collections were born: monographs, collective works and interviews.