Samy Abraham, Paris
«Let’s change dimensions, Gentlemen»
Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle are interested in the strangeness involved in the transmission of knowledge, in schools and museums, and elsewhere in life. Their reinterpretation of pedagogical material leads to a rewinding of memory. An inventory of the organs, the planets with their generous and codified colours, a monstrous algebra displayed on the walls: refusing any nostalgia, these ceramic objects evoke the tensions of learning when these signs would present enigmas to children whose reading skills are still confused.
Bruno Botella plays with our perception of commonly used objects, altering their surface with rudimentary tools, using the documentary and transformative power of photography, or even working directly on altered states of mind by the use of psychotropics.
Emilie Ding’s drawings are strictly based on the use and repetitions of patterns inherited from modernist façades or civil engineering. Constraining effects of perspective and vanishing lines impose a very physical experience on the visitor.
An important piece by Nicolas Milhé encloses the booth and offers a lateral vision of all the works displayed. Meurtrière (Dolomites)’s facade announces the cliché of a heavenly Dolomitic landscape. Beyond the pale the viewer discovers all the mechanisms at stake to observe, organize and control even the most peaceful territory. Nicolas Milhé’s formal vocabulary manages to be genuinely political without ever demonstrating a literal or frontal message.