"Aux sentiers qui bifurquent": the revelation exhibition at the École des Arts Décoratifs

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Taking its title from a short story by Borges, which presents itself as "an enormous riddle or parable whose theme is time", this exhibition, curated by Raphaël Brunel, curator-in-residence at POUSH's Thinkers' Office, brings together some forty young artists and designers captured at the precise moment when, having just graduated, they are both rich in their career at the École and in their "innumerable futures".

"Time perpetually forks toward innumerable futures."
Jorge Luis Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths", Fictions

As in Borges' short story, it is to the coexistence of all these times that we wish to give access, at the end of a school which, rich in its multiple sectors, workshops and meridians, relies more than any other on bifurcations, crossovers and transdisciplinarity: between the old and the new, art and design, the individual and the collective, theory, practice and technique. Quant The "countless futures" gathered here are not only those of the artists and designers on show. If we bear in mind the vocation of the decorative arts to configure our living environments, in both their real and imaginary, visual and material, analog and digital, natural and artificial dimensions, we will understand that it is also our futures that are at stake. - and therefore yours too. "
Emmanuel Tibloux, Director, Ecole des Arts Décoratifs - Paris

Taking the path that forks is no mean feat. It implies a sometimes painful or forced choice that has little to do with legitimacy. Rather, it's the opposite: to meddle in what's none of our business, to be where we're not expected, to keep moving, stealthily, and to do it again and again. Probing the present and the everyday, investigating, collecting, reusing, disinvisibilizing. Drawing perspectives to explore, lines of desire, meaning and new vocabularies. Doubts, perhaps, above all. In this tree-like, versatile network, where paths converge and diverge ad infinitum, all possible futures coexist. The bifurcation thus presents itself as a tool for orientation (disorientation?) in the coming turmoil, as much as an expression of the turmoil of bodies, psyches, the social and political order, and the imaginary. and our ecosystems. This complex geography, in which individual and collective issues are constantly being renegotiated, is one of intersection.
It combines scales and time-spaces, from the intimate to the public, from the bedroom to migration flows, from the cultural to the natural, from the urban to the rural, from the underground to the aerial. It interweaves zones of passage and communication, construction and staging of self and world, obsession and emancipation, euphoria and melancholy. It reveals a power to act. Far from the predicted chaos, it weaves the threads of a plasticity in which identities, affects, gestures, territories, memories, objects and images are constantly reconfigured, hybridized, contaminated and altered.
To follow the paths that fork is to participate in the creation of a common geography from which a plurality of singular voices, visions and gestures emerge and express themselves. "
Raphaël Brunel, Exhibition Curator

Programming

Saturday, December 16, 2023: 2pm - 8pm - Ordinary scenes in the great theater of the world

If the whole world is a theater where everyone takes to the stage to perform their score, but also where human and non-human, nature and culture are constantly re-enacting their dialogues, we won't be surprised to come across moles preparing cabbage soup, a ceramic dress declaiming poetry, a chorus girl and stray dogs in a museum town, the shining eyes of a deer in the sights of a camera or a rifle, the entropic spectacle of matter.

Screenings :

  • Julie BAUDU, I don't sing for love (Non canto per l'amore) - Photo / Video
  • Come LORANS, Crypto(zoica) - Animated films
  • Agathe SIMON, Taïauts et Chevreuils - Animated film

Performance :

  • Nàto BOSC-DUCROS, Les lignes d'ombre - Art-space
  • Michelle FEELEY, Ménager la chèvre et le chou - Art-space

Exhibition opening days and times / Opening to the public in two stages :

Visit by appointment (Espace Coupole)

  • Friday, December 15, 2023: 6pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 2023: 2 pm - 8 pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 2023: 2pm - 8pm
  • Friday, January 5, 2024: 6pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, January 6, 2024: 2pm - 8pm
  • Sunday, January 7, 2024: 2pm - 8pm

Performances and screenings (Espace Rift) :

  • Saturday, December 16, 2023 and Saturday, January 6, 2024

Performance

  • Nàto BOSC-DUCROS, Les lignes d'ombre - Art-space
  • Baptiste DE LAUBIER, Cosmos Case - Set design
  • Michelle FEELEY, Ménager la chèvre et le chou - Art-space
  • Thi thanh hang NGUYEN, "I don't know where I am" - Scenography

Screenings :

  • Julie BAUDU, Je ne chante pas pour l'amour (Non canto per l'amore) - Photo / Video
  • Anna BREJON LAMARTINIERE, Montmahoux - Photo / Video
  • Come LORANS, Crypto(zoica) - Animated films
  • Mattéo LOUISY-RAVEL, Arlekino - Animated films
  • Arthur PELLEGRIN, Premier Pas - Set design
  • Agathe SIMON, Taïauts et Chevreuils - Animated film

Aux sentiers qui bifurquent" exhibition, from December 15, 2023 to January 7, 2024 - POUSH d'Aubervilliers, 153 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 93300 Aubervilliers

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Header photo : Cosmos Case, Baptiste DE LAUBIER © Mathieu Faluomi

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