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À celles que tu ne verras jamais [To those you will never see]
Performance, text, screening, 1 h 30
2018

On the occasion of festival Extra! I perform daily in front of the camera, in the very spaces of the festival, before the arrival of the audience. I tell what I remember from the day before, and imagine what could happen later today. Performance and videos are therefore a form of living memory, necessarily fragmented, with its omissions and additions.

Coproduction Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne
Acknowledgements Axelle Pinot

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Open Variations
Screen printing, 50 x 70 cm
Printed at the Pole Edition of Ensba Lyon
Ed. 50 + 7 AP
2018

Making both a list and an image, I gather all possible cubes after the variations of Open Cube and playing not only with the number of faces, but also with the points of view. In most cases, the Sol LeWitt cube has disappeared.

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Une autre forme de résurgence [Another form of resurgence]
Performance, 29 min
2018

When it's over, I recreate Claire Morgan's RESURGENCE exhibition through the speech, during a guided visit at the Fondation Francès.

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Ce qui m'échappe [What escapes me]
Wall drawing, variable dimensions
2017

The memory is always a form of rewriting. So I reproduce a wall drawing seen two years ago, without looking any image of the original work, and following nothing but the memory that I kept.

La BF15 exhibition and production, 2017

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The Bridegroom Suites I
With Axelle Pinot
After Guy de Cointet, The Bridegroom, 1983
Performance, 10 min
2017

I recreate with Axelle Pinot the posthumous – and unfinished! - performance of Guy de Cointet.

With the support of the Guy de Cointet Society
Courtesy Air de Paris
Photo: Robin Zenner/Playground (M Museum, Leuven)

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Moly la nuit [Moly by night]
HD video, color, sound, 18 min
2017

I take advantage of my residency at Moly-Sabata to spend the night in the En crue exhibition.

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À venir [Forthcoming]
Performance, HD video, color, sound, variable duration
Image : Axelle Pinot
2017

Walking through the empty space of the exhibition, just before the works are installed, I give a visit of the show and talk about all its works. I carry in me the memory of works that are still forthcoming.

Video extract (performed at the Salon de Montrouge)

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Construire un miroir [Building a mirror]
Performance, 20 min
Performers : Jade Belhocine, Jordan Derrien, Ninon Goutelle, Axelle Pinot and Frédérique Vivet
2017

At the Centre Pompidou (Paris), during a night of performance (Salon Discret), I come at the end of the program and I tell, by memory, all the performances and actions I saw during the last hours. Five performers reenact this after according to my speech.

Being separated from the audience by a glass, I have the lights slowly turned off, so the audience can see its own re ection appearing.

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Every secret has a holder
Long term performance
2016

I invite each and every visitor to give me a secret. In exchange I give them the last secret I have been told, without telling whom secret it is. Thus we all become the holder of someone else’s secret.

For each iteration, I start with the last secret I have been told during the last performance.

Photo: Benedict Johnson
Courtesy Nahmad Projects, London

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Œuvre d'art ne consistant qu'en l'acte de son achat [Work of art consisting only of its own purchase]
Immaterial
2016

A work of mine that I didn’t make? April 2016, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville sent me a check to purchase a work of art consisting only of its own purchase, nothing else. Thus he moves the lines between the artist, the collector and the work of art itself.

Documentation on Ghislain Mollet-Viéville's website

Interview about this

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Si ma mémoire est bonne [If my memory serves me well]
Performance, 16 min
2016

I tell a story about unknown or forgotten works of well-known artists. The transmission of these stories, heard here and there, ensures the survival of these works that could disappear if they were not told, discussed, shared.

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L'Exposition dans ma tête [The Exhibition inside my head]
Performance, 20 min
2014

Can artworks exist or ‘‘occur’’ inside my head? I make a selection of seventeen works of contemporary artists (from Robert Barry and Lawrence Weiner to Tino Sehgal). They are divided into four sections: those playing with the concept of work of art, those playing on the link between the work and its appearance space, those related to the relationship between the work and the viewer, and nally those playing with the link between the work and its artist.

The exhibition installation lasts about a month, the time to set everything in my head. On November 13 I make a public presentation to an auditorium in Montreal. The exhibition is open. The tour then consists of the presentation, and it’s a quick tour as it lasts fteen minutes. But everyone can come and talk with me and rediscover the works of this exhibition through discussion.

The exhibition will run as long as I remember it.

This is to question the relationship between a work or group of works and a spectator. While preparing this exhibition I met Lawrence Weiner who talked about what it means ‘to own a piece of art.’ Finally don’t we more have a work when we know it - we carry in ourselves - rather than when we buy it?

So I think I offered access to these seventeen artworks to dozens of spectators, now carry it in them - as long as they remember it.

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11.192
Performance, 5 h 45
2014

Sitting on a bench, I count out loud as far as I can.

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Une semaine dans une cimaise [One week in an exhibition wall]
Performance, 168 h
2013

I live one week in an exhibition wall without going out.

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Tout ce que je peux en dire [All I can say]
Performance, 26 min
2018

Through the story of real and imaginary journeys, past and future, and between the lines, I try to visit the exhibition of the Talk Show Festival, in the present.

Production La Panacée - MoCo
Image: Champ contrechamp

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Open Cubes
Installation, wood, screw, fabric, acrylic painting, 2,80 x 2,40 x 3,80 m
2018

On a wooden cube actually open, I reproduce in volume the image of the Open Cube, borrowed from the work of Sol LeWitt.

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A kind of tree
Performance, 30 min
2018

I consider seriously the story telling that Joseph Beuys planted a last tree in the days before his death, thus achieving a final work, whose place remain unknown. Then in a form of narrative close to the logical demonstration, I tell the story of my investigation and orally develop the method to use to find an invisible object in an unknown place. By seeing other works on our way, we end up approaching the tree.

Performed as part of the exhibition Imaginary Display(s) - Exhibition as Film / Film as Exhibition at BNKR Munich, curated by Marie-France Rafael.
Photo: Marie-France Rafael.

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D'autres voix que la mienne [Other voices than mine]
Long term performance
2017

Every day of the exhibition, I invite visitors to tell me stories of works of art. Once registered, I retranscribe them in writing and add them to the exhibition, on the table, available to the following visitors.

La BF15 exhibition and production, 2017

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Deux gravures [Two engravings]
Set of engraved and enamelled ceramics
Turned by Jean-Jacques Dubernard
2017

While I was going to spend two months at Moly-Sabata, an artists residency founded by Albert Gleizes in 1917 and having a rich history of ceramics, I received as a gift two engravings signed by the cubist painter. But they did not appear in his catalog raisonné. I had to do some research before I learned who really was the author. I found it logical to engrave the story of this discovery on a set of ceramics turned in the studio historically related to Moly.

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Être et avoir été [To be and to have been]
Sound installation
2017

I make a list of works of art depending only on the visitors at the moment they listen, as ‘The last work of art you saw’. So the series of thirty sentences names work of art that will vary from one person to another, and from one day to another for the same person.

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À la recherche [In search of]
HD video, color, mute, 23 min
2017

Following the only available geographical information, I go “North of San Bernadino, in the Mojave desert”, in search of the precise location of the work of art Inert Gas Series de Robert Barry. A two weeks journey through the desert, trying to recognize the surrounding moutains, after the picture of the work.

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Sans titre [Untitled]
Performance, 10 min
2016

In an empty room and trhough speech only, I bring the visitors in my last trip, so we nd ourselves in the desert and everyone sees well the surrounding scenery. This is about six elements I found in the desert, all invisible and however really present.

Online video documentation

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Du futur au passé [From Future to Past]
Performance, 45 min
2016

The day of my MFA Exhibition performance, I talk not only about my works from the last ve years in the school, but also about my works to come in the next ve years, outside the school.

They have "already happened in 2019".

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La Poursuite [The Chase]
Performance, video, 8 min
Image : Armèle Portelli
2015

I run and hide in the exhibition Rideaux/blinds at the Institut d’Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, while it is closed, amongst the works. The camerawoman follows me, giving the sound of her steps and her breath to the camera, up to catching me.

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Cette photo là est incroyable [This picture here is incredible]
Performance, 30 min
2014

The day of my graduation, I chose to show nothing tangible, but I present three years of my work in a guided tour in empty rooms. First I describe precisely the images that ‘‘are’’ on the wall (while the walls are left white), and when the jury knows the image (when it exists indeed in the mental space of my listeners) we talk as if it was there. For half an hour, my pieces appear in the eyes of the jury, one by one. Also, to avoid saturating the space, the access of other visitors to my space is one by one, strollers become witnesses who all together experiencing the course of my degree and can tell it.

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Une ou deux lignes de plus [One or two more lines]
Immaterial
2014

The work only exists because it is announced on the works list.

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Mes sculptures invisibles [My invisible sculptures]
Installation, performance, 2 h 30
2013

Two exhibition guards ask visitors not to walk on my five invisible sculptures, in the space.