Cosmomorphic practices and Asian “milieux”
Practices on study
From November 3rd, 2017 to January 7th, 2018
Items available for consultation on the works and practices of Marina Abramović, Liu Dan, Agnes Denes, Damien Faure, Robert Filliou, Maria Lai, Wolfgang Laib, Lee Mingwei, Pratchaya Phinthong, Adrian Piper, Charwei Tsai, Chen Zhen...
Reconnecting with the earth: cosmomorphic practices
Masanobu Fukuoka, La révolution d’un seul brin de paille, 1981
Documentary in color, with sound
The documentary is inspired by the book of the same title, La révolution d’un seul brin de paille, published in 1975. Masanobu Fukuoka invites us to change our attitude towards nature, agriculture and food.
Damien Faure, Milieu, 2015
Documentary in color, with sound, written and directed by Damien Faure
Production: Matthieu Lamotte
© aaa production
The medium-length film Milieu reveals the beauty of nature by immersing us in the lush vegetation of Yakushima, an island located at the southern part of Kyushu.
Agnes Denes, Rice/Tree/Burial with Time Capsule, 1977-79/2017
Commissioned by Artpark, Lewiston, New York, first realized in 1969 and then re-enacted at Artpark from 1977-79
Black and white photography of the performance
Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
© 1969-79 Agnes Denes
Rice / Tree / Burial with Time Capsule is a public work created by the artist in1968 in Sullivan County and replayed in 1977 at ArtPark, near Niagara Falls. The work unfolds according to three acts: in the first act, the artist plants a field of rice on a surface of a quarter of hectare. In the second act, the artist connects trees together to constrain their growth. In the third act, a "time capsule" composed of haikus written by the hand of the artist is buried to be reopened after a thousand years.
Chen Zhen, Zen Garden, 2000
Zen Garden is one of the many unrealized architectural projects of the artist. Considered as spaces of experimentation, these projects convey the main questions of Chen Zhen's work : transculturalism, the enrichment of the interior life.
Meditative experiences: capturing the vital breath that unites us with the cosmos
José Corti, Rêves d’encre : Vingt-cinq images présentées par Paul Eluard, René Char, Julien Gracq et Gaston Bachelard. Paris: José Corti, 1945
16.5 x 26 cm
650 numbered copies
Rêves d’encre refers to the "shan sui", the gesture of matter liberation. José Corti (the publisher) uses ink as a fertile fluid for "revealing a cosmos".
Liu Dan, Blue Rock, Undated
Dictionary painted with watercolor
This work was exhibited during Rochers de lettrés. Itinéraires de l'art en Chine in 2012. The artwork is an analogy of form, which responds to the Liu Dan's philosophy (a future based on tradition) and so as the exhibition's one (the transmission of an ancestral gesture over generations).
Adrian Piper, YOU / STOP / WATCH: A Shiva Japan, 2002
Color video of the performance, sound
Collection Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin
This video performance refers to streaming news channels like CNN.
Charwei Tsai, Ah !, 2011
Film still Color video, sound
Ah! is a celebration of religious diversity and harmony in Singapore. We can hear a panel of voices from different backgrounds singing "Ah". "Ah" is a sacred syllable in many religions: "A-llah", "A-men", "A-mitabah", "A-lleluia", and "A-OM". The artwork seeks to create a feeling of inner peace in each of us.
Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, Rice, 2013
Choreography: Lin Hwai-min
Scenery design: Keh-hua Linen
Lighting design: Lulu W.L. Lee
Set design: Ethan Wang
Video: Chang Hao-jan (Howell)
Costum design: Ann Yu-Chien, Li-Ting Huang and the fashion department of Shih Chien University
Production: National Center for the Performing Arts - National Theater and Concert Hall, Taiwan, ROC - Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay, Singapore / New Vision Arts Festival, Hong Kong / Sadler's Wells, London, United Kingdom / HELLERAU European Center Dresden Art, Germany / Théâtre de la Ville-Paris
Performance presented with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The Cloud Gate Dance Theater combines traditional and modern techniques of dance. In this work, the company tries to capture the grace of a moment, inspiring by the peaceful feeling of a paddy field.
Poetics of the relationship: rites and rituals
Marina Abramović & Ulay, The Lovers, 1988
Color video, sound
Collection Ludwig Museum, Cologne (Germany)
Performance achieved with Ulay. The couple Abramovic Ulay writes the end of their relationship through a walk of 2000 km for several days on the Great Wall of China.
Robert Filliou, Eins. Un. One..., 1984
Exhibition view of Robert Filliou. The Secret of Permanent Creation, M HKA, 2016
Wood, paint, 16,000 dice of different colors and sizes
Surface of nine meters in diameter
Collection Mamco, Geneva
"Eins. Un. One... can be materialized, is still materialized and will be materialized without limits, in the most diverse combinations." - Robert Filliou
Lee Mingwei, When Beauty Visits, 2017
Video of the performance, in the frame of the 57th Venice Biennale "Viva Arte Viva", Scarpa Garden, 2017
The project deals with the encounter of Beauty, how each of us can define, remember and share this experience.
Maria Lai, Legarsi alla montagna, 1981
Fabric strips are given to each inhabitants of the artist's native village. Tied successively to each other, the bands then hoisted up the mountain in a symbolic and ritual gesture.
Charwei Tsai, Lanyu - Three Stories, 2012
In collaboration with Tsering Tashi Gyalthang
3 HD videos, sound
4' for each videos
The artist keeps on exploring the relationship between nature and spirituality through the analysis of a Taoist tribe's rituals in Lanyu Islands (Taiwan).
Pratchaya Phinthong, All is Dust, 2011
Two sculptures shaped like gold leaf
45 cm in diameter
Courtesy de gbagency, Paris
All is Dust consists in two sculptures made with gold leaf according to a traditional Thai technique. The artist then sends the two sculptures "two gold leaves shapes" to curators or collectors and invites them to "reveal" the artwork in some place. For Pratchaya Phinthong, this double delegation creates a dialogue constantly reformulated.
Rochers de lettrés. Itinéraires de l'art en Chine.
Musée Guimet, 03/23/12 - 06/25/12
Station 12 summary
Records of the study day
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