Sunday, 21 October 2007


ARC / Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
20 Oct 2007- 6 January 2008

Playback is a project (an exhibition, a publication, some parallel events) opening mid October 2007 at the ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. It focuses on incursions of visual artists in the realm of music : it will gather both music videos directed by visual artists and produced for a label, as well as videos inspired by/anchored in the music video format : an underknown (even though very common) practice among the artists.

Playback combines therefore approximatively 50 videos by emerging and established artists realized between the beginning of the 1980’s and today.

A music video is by definition a short piece which duration and visual rhythm are synchronized and determined by a song music (being either pre-existing or conceived in parallel), beyond the model of an original movie soundtrack.

The commercial music video – often seen as a manipulative (lip-synch) or matchist and imperialist power remains therefore often disregarded and dismissed, despite an often experimental form and a content questioning (even indirectly) traditional social, racial, sexual identities and representations.

Contradictory in a sense with the so called ‘intemporality’ of art, founded on its ability to support punctual and intensive repetition, music video embodies an illicit and attractive format towards artists.

In itself a global art work and a daily consumption object, music videos invite to rethink the exhibition format and to invent a proper presentation display underscoring an inherent televisual identity. Designed by a music video ‘set designer’, the specific scenography will create 4 idiomatic sets (a tv room, a karaoke cabin, a tv shop, a gym) hosting different thematic selections : a way to avoid pseudo neutral TV lounge of any regular museum video shows.

Artists’ list :
Dara Birnbaum, Los Super Elegantes, Rodney Graham, Olaf Breuning, Roberto Cuoghi, Wilhelm Sasnal,Trisha Donnelly, Black Leotard Front, Devo, Paul McCarthy, Brice Dellsperger, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mark Leckey, Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, Christelle Lheureux, Johanna Billing, PaperRad, The Kingpins, Heavy industries, Karl Holmqvist, Cory Arcangel, Christian Holstad, Vidya Gastaldon, The Residents, Fisherspooner, Charles Atlas, Alex Bag, Cao Fei, Melik Ohanian, Joao Onofre, Susan Smith Pinelo, Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, Doug Aitken, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Tony Oursler/Sonic Youth, Petra Mrzick & Jean François Moriceau, Philippe Parreno, Robert Breer & William Wegman, Richard Kern, Cerith Wyn Evan, Ange Leccia etc

The exhibition will be accompanied with a publication featuring texts by curator Anne Dressen, artist and art historian Bettina Funcke, artist Tino Seghal, film theorist Nicole Brenez, Label director Jean René Etienne, art critic Benjamin Thorel and a interview of Kim Gordon by music critic Marie Pierre Bonniol, as well as a series of peripheral events (special screenings, tv channel and/or internet broadcasting, live performances) on and off site…

ARC / Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
T : 00 33 1 53 67 40 78
F : 00 33 1 47 23 35 98

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