An exhibition in 10 emails,
in English, French and Arabic
Curated by: Caroline Delieutraz and Stephanie Vidal
With the artworks of: Marion Balac, Caroline Delieutraz, Arnaud Dezoteux, Paul Heintz, (LA)HORDE, Reija Meriläinen
Making Contact is an online exhibition that focuses on artworks that have arisen from the collaboration between an artist and a cultural producer - amateur or professional - who can be identified within their field.
The six artworks selected for this exhibition are the result of a negotiation between artists and cultural producers who have very differing practices. Arnaud Dezoteux worked with a Keanu Reeves' fan, (LA)HORDE with a small community of jumpstylers, Caroline Delieutraz with an ASMR specialist, Reija Meriläinen with a couple of Youtubers who destroy objects using a hydraulic press, Marion Balac with ghostwriters 2.0 and Paul Heintz with a Chinese copyist painter.
The history of art is punctuated by artworks that have been produced in collaboration, with professionals of the art world and/or with outsiders, be they individuals or communities. More recently artworks have been made out of the gathering and utilization of content produced by other people on the Internet.
Making Contact aims to show collaborations that draw away from those manners in the production of making an artwork. Initiating a collaboration, the artist sets out a flexible framework in which the artwork that appears can be seen as the result of a negotiation.
Deciding to work with someone because of their creative competences, the artist chooses to take the chance of adding something to their own practice, the possibility of the unknown, unknown in both meaning of alterity and of unpredictability. It intends not to reproduce, nor to order, but to co-create; in other words to accept a leeway, the possibility for an error to occur, the willingness for a roll of the dice, that can change the direction that was supposed to be the intended one.
For each of the artworks presented in the exhibition we were interested in the various moments that built up the relationship between the collaborators: the first mail, making contact, in which the artist gets to introduce themself, their practice and their first intention, then the negotiation that leads to the production of the artwork, finally its reception within the respective universe of the collaborator. These three steps are constitutive and the final artwork proves it.
These negotiated artworks are an invitation to consider, from another perspective, the porosity, proximity and distance between fields that steadily reshape their boundaries. Making Contact is an exploration of those territories. The aims of this exhibition are not to qualify or define, but to show realities that extend beyond current modes of art practice.
Warning: Some artworks were only be accessible online during the show
To view documentation of this project please firstname.lastname@example.org