LIVING ROOM LIGHT EXCHANGE PARIS
MELLE SMETS, FELICIE D'Estienne d'Orves, EVAN ROTH
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th, 7:30PM
Melle Smets (NL) studied OK5/art and public space at ArtEZ Academy in Arnhem. As an “archaeologist of the present” Smets explores and interprets society by organising expeditions to contemporary landscapes. The expeditions find their reflection in visual art projects, lectures, publications and workshops. Smets is the founder of the Aardschap foundation, a action research organization for artists.
Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves (FR) works with new medias, light and sculpture to create a contemporary form of kinetic art. Through her videos, sculptures and projections she has been researching for many years on the process of vision and its conditioning. She collaborates with experimental and electronic music artists, thereby opening another dimension in her research on perception by adding sound to her artworks. Physical experience and interaction are inherent to her creative process, in which she involves the viewer’s own body in relation to the artwork. With its kinetic characteristics, the object of art triggers cognitive engagement.
Evan Roth (US) is an American artist based in Paris whose practice visualizes and archives culture through unintended uses of technologies. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, his work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems. His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Israel Museum. Recent exhibitions include the 2016 Biennale of Sydney; Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at Whitechapel Gallery, London; and This Is for Everyone at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Roth co-founded the arts organizations Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art and Technology Lab and in 2016 was a recipient of Creative Capital funding.
The Living Room Light Exchange Paris #lrlxparis is organized by Benjamin Gaulon, Alison Carey, Ivan Twohig and Nicolas Maigret in collaboration with Liat Berdugo + Elia Vargas.
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Support for the Living Room Light Exchange is generously provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program. The Exchange is also fiscally sponsored by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.