Magalie Meunier
Coordinator
T/ +33 (0)4 78 03 47 02
m.meunier@i-ac.eu

Alys Demeure
Research Assistant
alysdemeure@yahoo.fr

Corinne Guerci 
Publishing and Documentation Assistant
Assisted by Kateryna Tarasiuk
T/ +33 (0)4 78 03 47 08  
c.guerci@i-ac.eu

INSTITUT D'ART CONTEMPORAIN

11 Rue du Docteur Dolard 69100 Villeurbanne
T / +33 (0)4 78 03 47 00
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Initiators

Nathalie Ergino

Nathalie Ergino dirige depuis 2006 l’Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, issu de la fusion du centre d’art le Nouveau Musée et du Frac Rhône-Alpes en 1998. Elle développe in situ une programmation d’expositions personnelles, comme principe matriciel, d’artistes de renommée internationale (Jef Geys, Joachim Koester, Guillaume Leblon, Anthony McCall, Matt Mullican, Manfred Pernice, Hans Schabus…), combinée à des expositions collectives (Fabricateurs d’espaces, 9 evenings1966-79…).
Elle est à l’origine du Laboratoire espace cerveau, projet transdisciplinaire lancé en 2009 avec l’artiste Ann Veronica Janssens, qui se propose d’interroger, à partir du champ des expérimentations artistiques, les recherches pratiques et théoriques permettant de lier espace-temps, corps et cerveau.
Elle affirme le principe de la création comme moteur de la collection, notamment par le soutien à la jeune création à la fois en région (Galeries Nomades) et à l’international (Rendez-vous, jeune création internationale) et par l’enrichissement constant de la collection de l’IAC, présentée in situ à un rythme biennal. Dans le même temps, elle mène un travail de valorisation de la collection ex situ par des expositions transhistoriques (Locus Oculi au Château de la Bâtie d’Urfé en 2009, Rêve Caverne au Château-Musée de Tournon-sur-Rhône en 2015).

Dès son arrivée, Nathalie Ergino a instauré une programmation de Rendez-vous satellites, et renouvelé la politique éditoriale de la structure. En 2009, elle a initié l’association des Amis de l’IAC et l’e-studio, dispositif pour les étudiants de toutes disciplines confondues. 

Nathalie Ergino a co-fondé en 2007 la revue zeroquatre avec Yves Robert et Olivier Vadrot ; également l’association Documents d’artistes Rhône-Alpes en 2008 avec la Région Rhône-Alpes. 

Avant de rejoindre l’IAC, elle est directrice du [mac] musée d’art contemporain de Marseille de 2001 à 2005, période au cours de laquelle se succèdent de grandes expositions monographiques (Jimmie Durham, Rodney Graham, Carsten Höller…) ou collectives (Subréel…), et de nombreuses acquisitions, ainsi que des expositions prospectives, les [mac] room (Bruno Peinado, Nicolas Moulin…).

Auparavant, elle dirige à partir de 1994 le Collège/Frac Champagne-Ardenne où, parallèlement à de nombreuses expositions et acquisitions (Saâdane Afif, John Bock, Chris Burden, François Curlet, Robert Filliou, Jef Geys, Raymond Hains, Mona Hatoum, Laurent Montaron, Philippe Ramette, Franz West, Maisons-Cerveaux…), elle initie la première association d’amis de Frac ainsi qu’un club d’entreprises-partenaires.

En tant que présidente de l’Association Nationale des Frac de 1996 à 1999, Nathalie Ergino est cofondatrice, avec les directeurs de centres d’art (DCA) et les directeurs d’écoles d’art (ANDEA), du CIPAC/Congrès interprofessionnel de l’art contemporain. Elle a été membre de la Commission d’acquisitions du FNAC/Fonds National d’art contemporain (1996-1999), de la commission Étant donnés/Fonds Franco-américain pour l’art contemporain (2000-2002), du Comité de réflexion et d’orientation de l’AFAA/Association française d’action artistique (2000-2003), enfin du Conseil Professionnel pour les arts visuels de CulturesFrance de 2007 à 2009. 

En 1986, elle a collaboré à la création de la revue Artstudio, dont elle devient la rédactrice en chef-adjointe. De 1989 à 1991, elle est conservatrice du Carré d’art, musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, chargée des expositions. Parallèlement à ces commissariats (Robert Filliou, Richard Baquié…), Nathalie Ergino poursuit une activité éditoriale et critique en collaboration à diverses publications et en participant à la création de la revue Documents sur l’art, avec, entre autres, Nicolas Bourriaud, Eric Troncy et Jean-Yves Jouannais.

 

 

 

Ann Veronica Janssens

Born in 1956 in Folkestone (United Kingdom).
Lives in Brussels (Belgium).

Since the end of the 1970s, Ann Veronica Janssens has developed experimental work favouring in situ setups and the use of materials that are intentionally very simple or even extremely basic (chipboard, glass and concrete) or immaterial, such as light, sound and artificial mist. Working in public or museum spaces, the artist explores the relation between the body and space by confronting the visitor (or even immerging him or her) with environments or devices that trigger a direct, physical and sensorial experience of the architecture and the place and that result in a new act of perception every time and for every person. Ann Veronica Janssens' first works were, in her own words, “super spaces”—“spatial extensions of existing architecture”, “places for light trapping, concrete and glass boxes, spaces built as launching pads towards emptiness” (in : Ann Veronica Janssens, Musée d’art contemporain de Marseille, 2004). A void that the artist wanted to “set moving, giving it a kind of temporality”. In this reflection on emptiness and through minimalist installations, the artist's works are aimed at destabilising perceptive habits, fluidifying or densifying perception by playing with materialness, thanks to the use of light.
Ann Veronica Janssens' investigations have led her to testing various plastic procedures that can disturb perception: mirroring surfaces with the shifting colours of materials with chemical sensitivity to light, unstable mixes of matter and the hypnotic effects of alternating light sequences.

For the exhibition Collection(s) 08 (8 February – 13 April 2008), the Institut d’art contemporain has invited Ann Veronica Janssens to recreate her Cabinet (en croissance) or laboratory for what the artist calls “experiments”, from projects to finalised works, from maquettes to experiments. The works presented in this experimental room have crystallised a fundamental ingredient of Ann Veronica Janssens' approach: the time that passes during the visitor's experience participates in sculpture, as does the entire space that houses the work (for example Blue, Red and Yellow, 2001, a sculpture-matrix of future environments with coloured mist).

With the works of Ann Veronica Janssens, the visitor is confronted with perception of the “ungraspable” and a sensorial experience in which he or she oversteps the limit of clear, mastered vision, losing control of the senses. It is about deconstructing the object, “beyond the mirror”, insofar as the visitor is brought back in a fundamental manner to his/her body and deep perceptive emotions, to an active experience of loss of control and instability, whether this is visual, physical, temporal or psychological. The use of artificial mist is part of this and the works in which it is used plunge visitors into a situation in which the loss of reference points opens an imaginary space that is void of matter and in which the body swings out of time and space.

Participants since 2009

Élisa Brune

Market development engineer with a doctorate in environmental sciences. She worked in the private sector and in scientific research before concentrating on writing. She divides her time between fiction and scientific journalism—she has published articles in La Recherche, Ciel et Espace, Sciences et Avenir and Sciences Humaines. Her recent works include essays entitled Le secret des femmes, voyage au cœur du plaisir et de la jouissance (with Yves Ferroul, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2010), Bonnes nouvelles des étoiles (with Jean-Pierre Luminet, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2009) and a novel, Un homme est une rose (Paris, Ramsay, 2005).

Stations [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Hélène Guenin

Formerly in charge of the Exhibition Programming at Centre Pompidou-Metz and curator with Guillaume Désanges of the exhibition Erre, variations labyrinthiques. She was appointed Director of MAMAC Nice in 2016.

Station [8]

Jean-Louis Poitevin

Writer and art critic with a doctorate in philosophy. He has written numerous books and articles about contemporary art and about literature and has also written novels. From 1998 to 2004, he headed the French institutes in Stuttgart and Innsbruck. Since 2005 he has run a private seminar on the image and post-history. Some of his writings and lectures can be accessed at the website www.tk-21.com or at the site of the online journal lacritique.org. His publications include La cuisson de l’homme, an essay on Robert Musil (Paris, José Corti, 1996) and Lee Bul, Monsters (Dijon, Les Presses du réel, 2002). His latest novel is called Séoul, Play station mélancolique (Paris, Atelier des cahiers, 2016).
www.tk-21.com

Stations [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [(1)0]

Denis Cerclet

Anthropologist, lecturer at Université Lumière – Lyon 2, member of the Centre de recherches et d’études anthropologiques (CREA). He is also responsible for the master's degree in Métiers des arts et de la culture and, with Maguy Marin, initiated the creation of training for dancers: De l’interprète à l’auteur. Within the framework of his research, he examines social aspects by using the perspective of the body. This leads him to favouring a transdisciplinary approach and to develop an interest in science and the arts.

Stations [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Arnauld Pierre

Professor of history of contemporary art at the Sorbonne (Université de Paris IV). His research field covers the sources and the imaginary of modernity considered in the broad field of scientific and visual culture, language utopias and forms of perception. These themes are anchored in three particular historic moments: the period of avant-gardes and the move to abstraction, the post-war period and optico-kinetic art. He also curated the exhibitions L'Œil moteur. Art optique et cinétique 1950-1975 at the Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain in Strasbourg in 2005, Cosmos. En busca des los origenes, de Kupka a Kubrick at the TEA in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2008 and Disques et sémaphores. Le langage du signal dans l’œuvre de Fernand Léger et ses contemporains at the Musée national Fernand Léger in Biot in 2010. He is the author of Futur antérieur. Art contemporain et rétrocipation, published in 2012.

Stations [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Yann Chateigné

Art critic, exhibition curator and head of the Visual Arts department at HEAD (Haute école d’art et de design), Geneva. He co-organized in 2014 the Biennial of Moving Images in Geneva, with Andrea Bellini and Hans Ulrich Obrist. He is also a frequent contributor to Artforum, Frieze, Art Press, Kaleidoscope or Mousse Magazine.

Station [7]

Pascal Pique

Curator, art historian and critic. Former director of FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, he organized the exhibition NeoFutur in 2008 and the symposium “Art & Cognitives Sciences” in October 2009 in Toulouse. He is also the founder of “Musée de l'Invisible” that he chaired between 2013 and 2014.

Stations [2] [3]

Pascal Rousseau

Pascal Rousseau teaches history of art at Université François Rabelais de Tours. He is a specialist on historic avant-gardes and the beginnings of abstraction and the links between artistic practices and the imaginary in technology in contemporary culture (nineteenth to twenty-first centuries) and, in particular, was the curator of the exhibitions Robert Delaunay (Centre Georges Pompidou, 1999) and Aux origines de l’abstraction. 1800-1914 (Musée d’Orsay, 2003) and Sous influence. Résurgences de l’hypnose dans l’art contemporain (Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, 2006). More recently, he curated the exhibition Cosa Mentale. Les imaginaires de la télépathie dans l'art du XXe siècle, held at Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2015.

Stations [3] [4]

Participants since 2016

Clarissa Baumann

Artist, born in 1988 in Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Paris.

> HTTP://WWW.CLARISSABAUMANN.NET/

Célia Gondol

Artist, born in 1985, lives and works in Paris.

> HTTP://WWW.CELIAGONDOL.COM/

Vahan Soghomonian

Artist, born in 1982 in Lyon (France), lives and works in Lyon.

> HTTP://WWW.VAHANSOGHOMONIAN.NET/

Benjamin Blaquart

Artist, born in 1981 in Le Chesnay (France), lives and works in Paris.

> HTTP://BLAQUARTBENJAMIN.COM/

Lola Gonzàlez

Artist, born in 1988 in Angoulême (France), lives and works in Brest and Paris (France).

> HTTP://LOLA-GONZALEZ.COM/

Mengzhi Zheng

Artist, born in 1983, lives and works in Lyon.

> HTTP://WWW.MENGZHI.FR/

FRAME

Research group, composed of four artists (Alys Demeure, Jérôme Grivel, Sandra Lorenzi, Stéphanie Raimondi) and an art historian (Héloïse Lauraire).

> HTTP://GROUPEFRAME.COM/

Linda Sanchez

Artist, born in 1983, lives and work in Lyon (France).

> HTTP://WWW.DDA-RA.ORG/FR/TEXTES/SANCHEZ_LINDA

Guests

Catherine Beaugrand

artist in charge of the research group DatAData, École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon 
> DatAData website

Station [6]

Alain Berthoz

engineer, psychologist and neurophysiologist, Honorary Professor at the College de France where he directed the CNRS-Collège de France Laboratory of Physiology of Perception and Action

Stations [5] [8]

Camille Chenais

projects coordinator Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research

Station [1(0)]

Axel Cleermans

research Director at the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS (Belgium) and Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he is director of the research unit on Conscience, Cognition & Computation

Station [2]

Greg Davis

composer and musician

Station [7]

Didier Debaise

Doctor in Philosophy, researcher for the FNRS, teaches contemporary philosophy at the Free University of Brussels

Station [(1)0]

Tran Minh Duc

artist in residence at the Académie vivante (Living Academy), an experimental Research Laboratory (collaboration between CNRS / Paris-Diderot University and Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research)

Station [1(0)]

Philippe Eydieu

research co-coordinator at the Clermont Metropole Art School

Station [1(0)]

Joachim Koester

artist

Station [7]

Marion Laval-Jeantet

artist (Art Orienté Objet, with Benoît Mangin), ethnologist and psychotherapist

Station [3]

Charles Lenay

professor of philosophy and cognitive sciences at Université Technologique de Compiègne. Charles Lenay is the director of the interdisciplinary research unit COSTECH

Station [6]

Jean-Pierre Luminet

astrophysicist, research director at the CNRS, member of the Laboratoire Univers et Théories (LUTH) of Paris-Meudon Observatory

Station [2]

Michel Lussault

geographer, professor at Université de Lyon (École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines) and member of CNRS 5600 joint research unit on ‘Environment, city, society’.

Station [8]

Pierre Montebello

Philosopher, teaches modern and contemporary philosophy, metaphysics and esthetics at Université Toulouse le Mirail

Station [(1)0]

Thierry Mouillé

artist, coordinator of the Laboratoire des intuitions and professor at the nationale school of art of Tours

Station [(1)0]

Matt Mullican

artist

Station [3]

Cyrille Noirjean

director of URDLA (international center estampe & book), psychoanalyst

Station [1(0)]

Gyan Panchal

artist, curator and researcher associated at the Clermont Metropole Art School

Station [1(0)]

Yannick Prié

lecturer at Université Claude Bernard, Lyon 1, researcher at LIRIS, Laboratoire d’InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d’information

Station [6]

Israel Rosenfield

doctor of medicine at New York University, and doctor of philosphy at Princeton University, he teaches neurosciences and history of ideas at City University of New York

Station [6]

Jean-Pol Tassin

neurobiologist, research director at INSERM, addiction specialist, he supervises a group on physiopathology of dependence and relapse at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI 

Station [9]

Pacôme Thiellement

novelist, essayist and filmmaker

Station [7]

Elinor Vernhes

artist, she’s interested in perception phenomena; she currently works on Francisco Varela’s concept of enaction

Station [6]

Alexandre Wajnberg

science journalist at the RTBF (Spoken Journal of Radio One, Brussels)

Station [1(0)]