The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers

The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers
(Concrete Erudition 3)
16 September –14 November 2010
Opening –Wednesday 15 September 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
Press guided tour from 4pm

With works from Agence, Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Jean Amblard, Eric Baudelaire,Luis Camnitzer, Julius Eastman, Mario Garcia Torres, Jean-Luc Godard, LesGroupes Medvedkine, Tamar Guimaraes, Chris Moukarbel, Walid Raad, Boris Taslitzky …
& Monument to Transformation (Vit Havránek, Zbynek Baladrán + Vyacheslav Akhunov, Babi Badalov, Chto Delat ? (what is to be done ?), Hafiz, Lise Harlev, Ivan Moudov, Boris Ondreička, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Haegue Yang)

Curator : Guillaume Désanges

The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers is the third part of the “Concrete Erudition” programme devised by curator Guillaume Désanges, who has been invited to come up with a cycle of exhibitions at Le Plateau. As part and parcel of the continuity created by “The Planet of Signs” and “Prisoners of the Sun”, this exhibition in its turn questions the way in which certain contemporary artists are renewing the relationship between art and knowledge, by showing, this time around, the work of artists who are observers—watchmen of the present and of the past. Even if their activities are, on the face of it, very diversified, they all appear to derive from a documentary principle, in the broad sense of the term.

While the classic relationship between the document and reality must generally be gauged by criteria of objectivity, exhaustiveness, caution and rigour, these artists shatter these references. They thus develop alternative methods of reproduction which may use the paths of translation, reconstruction, transfer and fiction. It is not a matter of playing with and deceiving, but of affecting the other by sharing awareness and knowledge and accepting, if this is necessary, to contradict the ethical and formal rules of the scientist,the historian, and the chronicler.