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Welcome to the post-digital, creative and collaborative age with Elyx, a poetic and capricious icon belonging to the digital generation and social networks. From 1st to 6th April, Parisians can discover and play with Elyx, the transmedia character created by Yacine Ait Kaci in 2011 who presents an offbeat and poetic perspective on reality. Transmedia? “Elyx is an illustrated character who interacts with reality. He goes everywhere with me in my notebook from which he emerges depending on the inspiration or situation. Improvisation is constant, with an offbeat perspective on reality that blithely surpasses cultural and language barriers by looking through a child’s eyes and appealing to our visual intelligence.” resumes Yacine AIT KACI (alias YAK). There are already over 30,000 fans on Facebook from all continents (facebook.com/Elyx.yak), Elyx is a small phenomenon!

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Christian Boltanski, Claude Lévêque and Anri Salla: a line-up worthy of the greatest institutions for a gallery measuring one square meter. This is the first challenge for Wink, a capricious company for bringing dreams to fruition, and open to any ambitious projects launched by Mélanie Meffrer Rondeau, consultant and former director of the Yvon Lambert gallery, and Eva Albarran, founder of the eponymous production company devoted to contemporary art. To start the ball rolling, an invitation from the Parisian club Silencio to design a cycle of exhibitions for their 1m2 gallery from April 2013 to December 2014. A window, literally and figuratively, leapt upon by the duo immediately defying its limits. ‘The size of the exhibition does not define the ambition of the project of course. Our immediate reaction is to implement a small, off-the-wall but top-level project’ the two associates summed up. 4 artists are still to come in this new format: one work of art, 7 copies of which are made, contained in a box, with a price tag of between 12,000 and 15,000 euros. Lire la suite…

 

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At the heart of the exhibition ‘Buildering: Misbehaving the City’ at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, two of Didier Faustino’s works help to redefine urban and physical borders, to express his transgressive vision of architecture and the misuse of codes regarding housing, thus exploring limits to physical and psychological freedom. Lire la suite…

 

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On invitation by curators Agnès Violeau and Sébastien FauconDidier Faustino presents Opus Incertum as part of the group exhibition ‘Something Less, Something More’ at the Palais de Tokyo from 14th February to 2nd March 2014.  Opus Incertum is a hollowed out structure that invites the body to take up the position of Saut dans le vide (1960) (Jump into Space), in reference to Yves Klein. The message ‘You are invited to try me out’ offers a physical and introspective experience of space. In a world of speed and permanent movement that leads to a form of negation of the body, Opus Incertum provides a break in space and time and confronts the spectator, now a player, with the material world surrounding him and the constraint that entails. Didier Faustino’s work Opus Incertum (2009), featured in the Centre National des Arts Plastiques collection, adopts a participative and experimental approach in line with the Palais de Tokyo’s desire to make the public choreographer and responsible for his subjective experience of the works presented. Lire la suite…

 

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The title Sleeping in a City that Never Wakes up sounds like a warning: the solo exhibition by artists David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin plunges FRAC Poitou-Charentes from 14th March to 7th September 2014  into a nocturnal atmosphere, a world in which time seems to stand still. Through a play on double meanings and increasing references, visitors find themselves surrounded by an ambiguous combination of individual memories and social convention. Work by these young artists has been present in the FRAC collection since 2008. Their raw material based on society is often marginal, including the recurring themes of confinement and control. They compare systems of confinement with their own systems refracting reality, prisms customized to stimulate ephemeral minimalist rainbows in scathing poetry. Lire la suite…

 

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Lars Müller is publishing “Place by place” the first Felice Varini‘s monography. The swiss contemporary artist world acclaimed for his intervention on architectural space. “My field of action is architectural space and everything that constitutes such space These spaces are and remain the original media for my painting. I work “on site” each time in a different space and my work develops itself in relation to the spaces I encounter.” Lire la suite…

 

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For his second solo show at Michel Rein (after The Wild Things, 2011), Didier Faustino invites us to step outside of our homes and penetrate an ambiguous world, which strangely resembles our own but is haunted by other versions of us bearing armour built from the materials of our own homes. Lire la suite…

 

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For almost 14 years Electronic Shadow has articulated the fundamental truth “Atom is data” in order to consider reality and virtuality in a mutual continuation formed of inextricably linked comings and goings. A life heightened by information, a virtual space yearning to take over everyday life to make it even more tangible and rich. While their bright, interactive intervention on Jakob+MacFarlane’s building for the FRAC Centre hails them as forerunners of the digital generation, the duo celebrates the 10th anniversary of “3minutes²” and of the first video mapping ever patented. A very real anniversary for the pioneers virtually lost in the reality. A furtive oxymoron, Electronic Shadow the artistic duo comprising Naziha Mestaoui and Yacine Aït Kaci, originated in 2000, the fruit of an encounter between two worlds which were until then not necessarily connected: architecture and new media. Lire la suite…

 
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Naziha Mestaoui (Electronic Shadow) presents Sound of Light at Abu Dhabi Art Fair from 20 to 23 th of november. The artwork Sounds of Light is a sound ans visual installation that makes the invisible visible. A mirror salver filled with a thin layer of water is presented in a space. The harmonic frequences diffused by the sound waves through the salver generate multiple geometric shapes. At the crossroad between ancient cultures and contemporary art, Sounds of Light is created from traditional sacred Sufi music and unfolds in space the different facets of the vibrations that compose our reality; sound, light, matter, energy, feelings … Lire la suite…
 

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From 30th NovemberDidier Faustino fills the galerie Michel Rein with a remarkable installation, called We can’t go home again. Invited to enter an ambiguous world, a world strangely resembling ours and following a disaster that appears to have already taken place, we won’t go home anymore, haunted by the armour that this ‘other’ self has carved out of the carpet of his own home. We won’t go home anymore, strangely worried in front of our apartments and offices that have suddenly been made inhospitable. We can no longer cease thinking about the lives that animate our familiar environments and the fictitious boundaries that claim to separate art from our lives, the political decisions of our aesthetic models. And it is now the responsibility of Didier Faustino to haunt art galleries.

Didier Faustino, We can’t go home, from 30th November to 16th January, galerie Michel Rein, 42 rue de Turenne Paris 3rd, tel.: +33 (0)1 42 72 68 13, http://michelrein.com

Photo caption: Suit Home. 2013. Didier Faustino © ADAGP. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris