09 NOV - 10 FEB 2019

Fabriques de contre-savoirs

Vernissage : Jeudi 08 Nov à 19h

Latham4 Jay Chung Alex Martinis Roe

Book Plumbing, April 1967, John Latham with Jeffrey Sawmill and Jeffrey Shaw, at Better Books, Londres, Photo: Jennifer Pike. © The John Latham Foundation

Artists: Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, ground (Marlie Mul & Harry Burke), Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Alex Martinis Roe, and Eva Weinmayr, accompanied by works and projects by John Latham
For this group exhibition, 49 Nord 6 Est—Frac Lorraine spotlights non-systematic processes of dissemination of information and alternative modes of sharing knowledge. The British conceptual artist John Latham(1921–2006) developed a body of theories that occasionally delved into occasionally sowing confusion, provoking disapproval, or stirring enthusiasm. His approach constitutes the groundwork of this show, which brings together artistic practices of different backgrounds and generations. The accessibility of knowledge and its arbitrary dissemination raise issues addressed by the artists who explore alternative paths. At a time when the gap between opinion and knowledge is closing, and the relationship between materiality and knowledge is undergoing a profound transformation, the present project introduces approaches that reflect processes of information transmission in order to reevaluate the experiences produced by these practices.

The featured works reflect interpersonal relationships shaped by transmission of knowledge, as well as the power structures thereby legitimized and the resulting hierarchies. The artists appropriate the forms generated by this transmission— such as books, periodicals, photocopies, posters, faxes — and underscore, or sometimes activate, scenarios that bridge the classical division between knowledge and experience, between teaching and practice. The works on view point towards the impossibility of objective transmission and encourage the production of critical tools questioning norms associated with learning processes.

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda and Eva Weinmayr play in their respective works with the occasional confusion that can arise between artwork and document, highlighting the way in which the very circulation of images produces a story. In turn, the graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville and the artist Alex Martinis Roe bring to light the heterogeneity of experiences informing their respective projects and give shape to processes of transmission built around a plurality of voices. Building on their work with the zine ground, Marlie Mul & Harry Burke discuss with the students of the École Supérieure d’Art de Lorraine various concepts of grassroots education, and turn this exchange into a poster featured in the exhibition. A wide range of documents from the John Latham archives, as well as works by the artist, are presented in this context, establishing a discontinuous base for this show. Fabriques de contre-savoirs follows the winding paths where information and knowledge intersect, opening along the way onto unexpected phenomena and encounters.


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Exhibition / November 09 – February 10, 2019 at Frac /Fabriques de contre-savoirs


Visite guidée inédite de l’expo Fabriques de contre-savoirs / Mercredi 09 Jan à 19h au Frac, Gratuit / Regards croisés avec les 3 directrices des Frac du Grand Est


Théâtre documentaire / Mardi 22 Jan à 20h, Théâtre des Trinitaires, Metz, Payant sur réservation / Longueur d’ondes, histoire d’une radio libre avec Bérangère Vantusso, mise en scène ; Paul Cox, mise en images ; Hugues De la Salle et Marie-France Roland, comédiens


Atelier / 26 et 27 janvier de 10h à 18h au Frac, gratuit sur réservation / L’école du dehors : 2 jours d’échange et de réflexion sur les pratiques écologiques, avec l’artiste Marie Preston