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02/17/2021 : TokyoSession #8, Camille Froidevaux Metterie / Pauline Curnier Jardin

02/17/2021: TokyoSession #8, Camille Froidevaux Metterie / Pauline Curnier Jardin

Camille Froidevaux-Metterie in conversation with Daria de Beauvais at 6PM (CET) on Instagram (FR)

Based on the work of artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (whose Peaux de dames [Ladies Skins] are shown in the exhibition Anticorps [Antibodies]) and more particularly her video Qu’un sang impur [Bled Out] broadcasted here below on the occasion of this eighth TokyoSession, French philosopher Camille Froidevaux-Metterie talks with Daria de Beauvais, co-curator of the exhibition.

The discussion begins with the idea of "anti-bodies", bodies considered as illegitimate for their being wrinkled, dull, mistreated and used. Their stigmas tell the story of the domination suffered by women in society, between violence, invisibilisation, ageism and objectification. For women who have been nothing more than bodies for a long time, it is about experiencing a paradoxical condition, torn between alienation and liberation. 

Camille Froidevaux-Metterie is a feminist philosopher, professor of political science and equality-diversity officer at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. She works on seizing the mutations resulting from the turning point of feminist emancipation in a perspective placing the body at the center. She is the author of La révolution du féminin (2015), Le corps des femmes. La bataille de l'intime (2018) and Seins. En quête d’une libération (Anamosa, 2020). She currently works on a new book, Pour un féminisme incarné, to be published in 2021 at Le Seuil.

This conversation echoes the keyword "skin" in the exhibition Anticorps, which defines itself as a touch-induced reaction, and makes its own the question asked by philosopher and biologist Donna Haraway in her Cyborg Manifesto: "Why should our bodies stop at the border of our skins?"

Camille Froidevaux Metterie / Pauline Curnier Jardin TokyoSession #8 : Daria de Beauvais in conversation whith Camille Froidevaux-Metterie
Camille Froidevaux Metterie / Pauline Curnier Jardin TokyoSession #8 : Daria de Beauvais in conversation with Camille Froidevaux-Metterie
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02/09/2021 : TokyoSession #7, Fabien Jobard / Tala Madani

02/09/2021: TokyoSession #7, Fabien Jobard / Tala Madani

Fabien Jobard in conversation with Hugo Vitrani at 6pm (CET) on Instagram.

In continuation of the Tokyosessions series, researcher Fabien Jobard and Hugo Vitrani, co-curator of the exhibition Anticorps, will present a 7th episode which focuses on the police and law enforcement in France. "Two dangers are constantly threatening the world," states Paul Valery, "order and disorder". From racial profiling to police violence, crowd control and conflicts surrounding the image in the face of new media, Fabien Jobard will analyse the militarisation and brutalisation of the maintenance of the so-called "French-style" order since the mid-2000s.

The works of many artists, including those involved in Anticorps exhibition (Kevin Desbouis, Dominique Petitgand, Carolyn Lazard, Forensic Architecture, Tala Madani), are steeped in issues of the times. These issues regularly span the Palais de Tokyo’s exhibitions and events programme. Following the conversation, the animated video The Womb by Tala Madani will be sceened online on this page and on our Youtube channel. It retraces the nine-month-long development of a human embryo in fast motion.

This conversation echoes the exhibition's key word "Insurgence".

 

Fabien Jobard is director of research at the CNRS (Cesdip) and director of the European Research Group on Norms (GERN). He's a specialist in comparative criminal sociology and the police. He notably co-authored Politique du désordre. La police des manifestations en France (Le Seuil, November 2020), together with Olivier Fillieule, professor of political sociology at the University of Lausanne’s Institute of Political Studies (IEP).

 

The Womb by Tala Madani
The Womb by Tala Madani

Single-channel color animation, 3’26”, edition of six plus two artist’s proofs. Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias (London).

The animated video The Womb by Tala Madani retraces the nine-month-long development of a human embryo in fast motion. Ensconced in a protective, liquid environment, it is nonetheless vulnerable to external violence. On the surface of the womb, however, is projected the history of humanity, likewise sped up, unfolding in all its horrors. An intrauterine revolt is soon to come.

TokyoSession #7 : Hugo Vitrani in conversation with Fabien Jobard
TokyoSession #7 : Hugo Vitrani in conversation with Fabien Jobard
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02/03/2021 : Tokyosession #6, Athanasios Barlagiannis / Jean-Daniel Pollet

02/03/2021: Tokyosession #6, Athanasios Barlagiannis / Jean-Daniel Pollet

Athanasios Barlagiannis in conversation with Cédric Fauq at 6pm (CET) on Instagram (FR)

For this 6th #tokyosession, researcher Athanasios Barlagiannis speaks to co-curator of the exhibition Anticorps Cédric Fauq about the history of medical police, quarantine policies in 19th century Greece, to look at our current times anew.

Following this conversation, the film L'Ordre (1973) by Jean-Daniel Pollet, will be screened online on this page and Palais de Tokyo's youtube channel. L'Ordre presents itself as a cinematographic essay focusing on the Spinalonga peninsula and fortress, where the greek state decided to isolate people with leprosy from 1904 onwards.

Athanasios Barlagiannis is a researcher specialised in the history of the greek state (19th century) and public health. He completed his PhD untitled "Hygiène publique et construction de l’Etat grec, 1833-1845 : la police sanitaire et l’ordre public de la santé" (Public health and making of the greek state, 1833-1845: medical police and public health order) at EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris. He is currently a scientific member of the departement of history and philosophy of sciences at the National University of Athens and an associate member of the UMR TELEMMe, which depends on CNRS and the University of Aix-Marseille.

This conversation echoes the exhibition's keyword "Immunity".

TokyoSession #6 : Cédric Fauq in conversation with Athanasios Barlagiannis
TokyoSession #6 : Cédric Fauq in conversation with Athanasios Barlagiannis
L’ordre by Jean-Daniel Pollet (excerpt). Copyright: La Traverse
L’ordre by Jean-Daniel Pollet (excerpt). Copyright: La Traverse

In 1904, the Greek government turned the islet of Spinalonga into a leper colony. The inhabitants lived there independently until their repatriation in 1956 to a hospital facility in the capital. In 1973, one of them recalls: «we did however find the purpose and meaning of life there, in the furnace of illness and isolation” - Raimondakis.

L’Ordre by Jean-Daniell Pollet (excerpt) . Copyright: la Traverse
L’Ordre by Jean-Daniell Pollet (excerpt) . Copyright: la Traverse
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12/15/2020 : TokyoSession #5, Gwenola Ricordeau

12/15/2020: TokyoSession #5, Gwenola Ricordeau

Gwenola Ricordeau in conversation with Cédric Fauq at 6pm (GMT+1) on Instagram (FR)

For this 5th #tokyosession, researcher Gwenola Ricordeau speaks to co-curator of the exhibition Anticorps Cédric Fauq about prison abolitionism, its imaginaries, as well as its ties with feminists and queer struggles.

Those issues echo some of the artists' interventions within the exhibition and their practice at large: Carolyn Lazard, Dominique Petitgand, Kevin Desbouis, Forensic Architecture and Ghita Skali. The abolition of the prison-industrial complex is also at the core of Jackie Wang's research, who presents the text "Oceanic Feelings and Communist Affect" on this website and whose first book Carceral Capitalism was translated and published in french last year (Gwenola Ricordeau wrote its postface).

Gwenola Ricordeau is assistant professor in criminal justice at the California State University in Chico (US). French, she's been living in the US for three years. Her research focuses on incarcerated's loved-ones, sexuality and gender in prison, as well as oppositions to the prison system. She notably published Pour Elles Toutes. Femmes contre les Prisons (Lux, 2019). Feminist and prison abolition activist, she regularly writes on social movements. She recently published « Mobilisations contre les « violences policières » : Autant en emporte le vent réformiste ».

This conversation echoes the exhibition's keyword "Touch".

TokyoSession #5 : Gwenola Ricordeau in conversation with Cédric Fauq
TokyoSession #5 : Gwenola Ricordeau in conversation with Cédric Fauq
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12/09/2020 : TokyoSession #4, Koki Tanaka

12/09/2020: TokyoSession #4, Koki Tanaka

Koki Tanaka in conversation with Adélaïde Blanc at 6pm (GMT+1) on Instagram

The 4th #tokyosession will focus on the film ABSTRACTED/FAMILY (2020), presented by the artist Koki Tanaka and in conversation with Adélaïde Blanc, co-curator of Anticorps. This film features in a section of the group exhibition in which works explore the ties that bind us together and consider other forms of closeness.

The film’s genesis, its making and the way it is received constitute some of the different stages of Koki Tanaka’s work, which itself acts as a platform for discussion of the notion of family, distance as a means of resisting discrimination, or even the role of closeness in the formation of a group or community.

Koki Tanaka, ABSTRACTED/FAMILY (single channel version), 2020, extract
Courtesy of the artist, Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou), Aoyama Meguro (Tokyo)
Koki Tanaka, ABSTRACTED/FAMILY (single channel version), 2020, extract
Courtesy of the artist, Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou), Aoyama Meguro (Tokyo)
Koki Tanaka interviewed by Adélaïde Blanc
Koki Tanaka interviewed by Adélaïde Blanc
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12/02/2020 : TokyoSession #3, Kevin Desbouis

12/02/2020: TokyoSession #3, Kevin Desbouis

Kevin Desbouis in conversation with Cédric Fauq at 6PM (GMT+1) on Instagram (FR)

Cédric Fauq, co-curator of Anticorps, hosts the next #tokyosession with artist Kevin Desbouis who, in the context of the exhibition, developed three interventions: Song of Songs, 2020 ; Untitled (CCMCastaner), 2020 ; ainsi que Untitled (Acedia), 2020.

Those works, of various natures (performance, tattoos, sculptures and poetry), each entertain a specific relationship to skins, one of the exhibition's key words. Summoning references as diverse as a drawing by Christophe Castaner, Rogue from X-men or confettis used in gender reveal parties, Kevin Desbouis relentlessly swallows and spits out many sources whom works render as distorting mirrors or unsettling versions.

Following the conversation, Consolation Prize (2020), a new video by the artist, will be made available on this page, as well as on Palais de Tokyo's Instagram and Youtube channel. The poem Song of Songs (2020) will also be made available as a downloadable PDF below (in english and french).

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Kevin Desbouis, to be abducted, 2020
Kevin Desbouis, to be abducted, 2020
Kevin Desbouis, Consolation Prize, 2020
Kevin Desbouis, Consolation Prize, 2020

The strange posture taken by two flamingos trying to feed the same baby is looped while in the background resonates a sound and a voice extracted from ‘‘The Portrait of Dorian Gay’’ a 70’s gay porn adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray. The result takes the shape of a fugitive moment about love, it’s confusions, and this brief instant of lucidity when we realize we are maybe the only author of an impossible situation.

Kevin Desbouis, with Cédric Fauq, TokyoSession #3
Kevin Desbouis, with Cédric Fauq, TokyoSession #3

For this third TokyoSession, Cédric Fauq curator of the exhibition “Antibodies” at the Palais de Tokyo, invites the artist Kevin Desbouis to discuss one of the strong themes of the exhibition: the skins.

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11/25/2020 : TokyoSession #2, Ghita Skali

11/25/2020: TokyoSession #2, Ghita Skali

Ghita Skali in conversation with Cédric Fauq at 6PM (GMT+1) on Instagram (FR)

Cédric Fauq, co-curator of Anticorps, hosts the next #tokyosession with artist Ghita Skali who presents Ali Baba Express Episode 3 (2020) within the exhibition.

Using borders, one of the exhibition's keyword, as a filter, we will come back to the production of this work, shedding light on its political and humoristic load, as well as its formal aspects. After the conversation, Ghita Skali's latest video work The Hole's Journey (2020), which we will also discuss during the Instagram Live, will be made available on this page from 6.30pm to midnight only.

The recording of the conversation will be made available on this page the following day (FR).

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Ghita Skali, Authority Hole, 2020, mindmap
Ghita Skali, Authority Hole, 2020, mindmap
Ghita Skali, with Cédric Fauq, TokyoSession #2
Ghita Skali, with Cédric Fauq, TokyoSession #2

For this second TokyoSession, Cédric Fauq curator of the exhibition “Antibodies” at the Palais de Tokyo, invites the artist Ghita Skali to discuss one of the strong themes of the exhibition: the borders.

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11/18/2020 : TokyoSession #1, A.K. Burns

11/18/2020: TokyoSession #1, A.K. Burns

A.K. Burns in conversation with Daria de Beauvais at 6PM (GMT+1) on Instagram (EN)

Daria de Beauvais, co-curator of Anticorps, inaugurates the program #tokyosession with artist A.K. Burns who presents two sculptures in the exhibition : Marianne Deludes the World (2020) and Pitch Black Dry Sack (2019).

The current pandemic, the US presidential elections or the figure of David Wojnarowicz will be some topics of this discussion, whose guiding thread is the idea of insurgence, one of the key words of the exhibition

Anticorps: how do bodies that are open to their environment respond to the threats they face? From the defensive to the offensive, the strategies they adopt are explored in works that speak to the latent or manifest violence inflicted upon them. United in their need to confront the pressing dangers of an increasingly hostile external world, these dismembered bodies call for a collective resistance.

A.K. Burns, Survivor’s Remorse, 2018. Video, HD color, stereo sound, 20’11”.
Courtesy of the artist and Michel Rein (Paris/Brussels).
A.K. Burns, Survivor’s Remorse, 2018. Video, HD color, stereo sound, 20’11”.
Courtesy of the artist and Michel Rein (Paris/Brussels).

«Survivor’s Remorse» is a video installation that looks at the valuation of various forms of vitality—not only lives but the material residue of lives—in particular through an arts economy built on mythologizing artist.

This work was created to in response to the experience of being invited into the Harvard Art Museums Archives to peruse a series of photographic works by David Wojnarowicz. I was there by invitation to respond—artist to artist—across a generational and situational divide. But what divides David and me most is his premature death. In all likelihood our queer paths should have crossed. This is a fact I reflect on all too frequently; a whole generation is missing from the experiences of my generation. Trauma precipitates well beyond its apex.

It was in this sterile, evenly lit, white-gloved environment, inside this meticulously preserved sarcophagus, that I see the remains of David. His images of a society that values his body of work more than it valued his body. Survivor’s Remorse looks at how both art and bodies are maintained and the socio-political influences that create a chasm between the value of things and people.»A.K. Burns

A.K. Burns with Daria de Beauvais, TokyoSession #1
A.K. Burns with Daria de Beauvais, TokyoSession #1

For this first TokyoSession, Daria de Beauvais, co-curator of Anticorps at the Palais de Tokyo, invites artist A.K. Burns to discuss one of the keyword of the exhibition: insurgence.