With: Athanasios Argianas,Tauba Auerbach, Erica Baum, Lucas Blalock,
Miriam Böhm, Carol Bove, Claude Cattelain, Tyler Coburn, John Divola,
Simon Dybbroe Møller, Spencer Finch, Jennie C. Jones, Michael
DeLucia, Euan MacDonald, Kelly Nipper, Ry Rocklen and Johannes Vogl +
Project Room n°11: Joséphine Kaeppelin.
Assembled by American art critic Joanna Fiduccia, CRAC Alsace presents
the exhibition Coquilles Mécaniques. Works from fifteen
European and American artists, many of whom exhibit for the first time,
echo with pieces from American experimental jazz composer Conlon Nancarrow
and Paul Valéry's book L'Homme et la Coquille.
the 1940s, Conlon Nancarrow began a series of studies for player-piano,
seeking its capacity to produce rhythmic patterns far too complex for human
abilities. Paul Valéry's L'Homme et la Coquille deals with
the incapacity for humans to conceive the natural process of shell
formation. Both instances urge to question technical and natural knowledge,
as well as to live a true sensory experience.
The works in the
exhibition Coquilles mécaniques take up this principle:
through simple protocols or procedures, they unexpectedly trigger states of
excess, at times mildly, at others more wildly. In doing so, they invoke
often buried forces of sensuality, memory or imagination. They are our
luminous failures to master things in the world and spring up excessive
productions where we expect the rhythms of discipline.
as earthly performances by Claude Cattelain, the opening reception reveals
the wonderful opportunity to listen to some of Conlon Nancarrow's pieces
for the piano player, presented by one of his greatest interpreters,
Surrounding the exhibition are parallel events:
musical and visual explorations with the collaboration of the Espace
Multimédia Gantner (Regreb & Ogrob, Vincent Epplay and Samon
Takahashi), and a film accompanied by live music for children
Exhibition curator: Joanna Fiduccia
Tours and hours
Open 1 and 11
Closed 25, 26 December & 1 January, 2013
Guided tour on request
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