Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz «Attaque», 2010

boudry-lorenz

The installation refers to the café-concert scene in Paris at the end of the 19th century. These shows celebrated new styles of dance, notably the «epileptic dance» and the «cakewalk» dance, very popular during this period. The film “Contagious!” re-enacts dances by Aida Walker, by Polaire, by Eugénie Fougère and by Jane Avril on the stage of a contemporary club.

These dances have been described as “displays of strangeness”. In colonial Paris they embodied the idea of “difference”, loss of control, irrationality and disorder and imitated in an exaggerated manner, and subsequently corrupted, what was considered “feminine" and “foreign”.

The title of the installation “Contagious!” stems from a very popular idea at the end of the 19th century that one risked contamination through the sole imitation of movements.

Doctors maintained for example that they had inherited certain of their patients' twitches and mannerism. The philosopher Paul Souriau also saw in these dance shows the risk of a mimetic and unconscious imitation of their movements by viewers.

In her film “Contagious!” the two performers Arantxa Martinez et Vaginal Davis re-enact two historical figures: Polaire, famous for his “epileptic dance” style, sexually aggressive, and the New Yorker Aida Walker, celebrated in Paris for her interpretation of the «cakewalk» – a dance invented by Afro-American slaves at the beginning of the 19th century which mocked the dances the slaves' masters, such as the minuet for example.

The 11 photographs that are part of the installation “Contagious!” display excerpts of the three volumes of the “Iconographie de la Salpêtrière” published by Charcot from 1878 onwards, juxtaposed with images of popular poses and gestures from the “epileptic dance” and “cakewalk”.

Description

Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 g/m2

Dimensions

30 x 45 cm

Edition of 15 copies (+3 H.C. et 7 E.A signed and numbered by the artist on the back).

Price

CHF 500 
Frame ca: CHF 200

Nota Bene

This limited edition is a limited reproduction of one of the 11 photographs included in the work “Contagious!”, 2010

Installation with film HD, 12', et 11 photographs

Performers: Arantxa Martinez et Vaginal Davis.

Philippe Decrauzat «nowherenow», 2006

Philippe Decrauzat «nowherenow», 2006

Philippe Decrauzat’s work stems from the rich legacy of abstraction. On the one hand his approach incorporates the utopian forms of the Russian constructivism, the psychological distortions of op art and the sleek geometries of minimal art. On the other hand the artist has also assimilated ideas of American artists such as Ross Bleckner who recycled during the 1970 and 1980s “historic” abstraction by getting rid of its initial goals. However Decrauzat claims a critical distance towards these influences and a desire to revive what he describes as the permeability of abstraction. He maintains that the history of abstraction has constantly offered evidence of connections between the arts, and goes on to explain that: “The history of forms I am fascinated by intersects with graphic design, film, architecture, music and even literature.”

For his solo show at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Philippe Decrauzat has produced a limited edition inspired by the three dimensional typography on the disc sleeve of “The Faust Tapes” (1973) by the band Faust. Interested in the perception of images by the viewer, the artist used computer programming and design (produced par Jürg Lehni) to enhance its effect.

Description

Edition of the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève.

Format

Carbon ink on paper Hahne Mülle 308 g.

Dimensions

Dimension of the sheet : 81.7 x 46 cm
Dimension of the image : 71.7 x 36 cm

15 copies, signed by the artist.

Price

CHF 2000

RETO PULFER, Brodolino, 2014

RETO PULFER  Brodolino, 2014

“Brodolino is a ghost made from the following items: cinnamon, black cardamom, star anise, fennel seeds, coriander seeds as well as pieces of self-made Raku ceramics. The spices I used in a broth akin to a vietnamese pho soup. I cooked them for one hour in a cotton bag I then removed from the pot. The flavour stays in the soup and the steam has an intense smell. Even though I formed the ghost only after cooking the soup, I think it has always been in the soup and the steam.”

Description

Inkjet print (giclée) on cotton paper.

Format

50 x 35 cm

Edition of 150 (+20 AP), signed and numbered by the artist on the back.

Price

CHF 80 without frame

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