Le Printemps des Laboratoires #3 — Performing Opposition


New media, performance, video

Le Printemps des Laboratoires #3
Performing Opposition

Past: June 1 → 7, 2015

The third edition of the Printemps des Laboratoires, Performing Opposition, will be devoted to exploring how art relates to the ‘polis’, in opposition to instituted powers. From the emergence of avant-garde movements in the nineteenth century to artists’ engagement in more recent protest and social revolt movements, art has been renewing its strategies and its forms of opposition. By putting into perspective certain historical and artistic legacies (agit-prop, spaßguerilla, Situationism, Indignados), Performing Opposition seeks to bring into focus a current dynamic that contributes to opening up gaps in the regulated continuum of public space in order to (re)occupy and appropriate it. The question of ‘performing public space’ is central, especially in the digital age with its changing strategies of visibility and representation. Performing Opposition will be foregrounding the antagonistic movements that reconfigure, across the globe and from one local to another, the map of a power that is now diffuse and molecular — an art that is also capable of eluding its ties to the institution in order to continue to develop therein, in spite of everything, critical and operative strategies.

This edition of the Printemps des Laboratoires will set up a dialogue between diverse experiences and perspectives. Our guests include specialists in the fields of activist movements (Brian Holmes), avant-garde movements (Marc Partouche), digital cultures (Marie Lechner, Nathalie Magnan), and also the links between theatre and political modernity (Diane Scott). These theoretical perspectives will link in with the artists’ testimonies, which will include artists engaged in popular revolts (Burak Arikan), artists participating via their practice in building communities of thought and action (Marinella Senatore), artists using the art institution to propose ways of occupying public space (Thomas Hirschhorn, Renata Lucas) or artists working in the field of theatre, literature or poetry, as a privileged site for observing society and its injustices (Motus, Nathalie Quintane). Finally, we believe it crucial to investigate these problematics from the perspective of the institution, that of the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, of course, which seeks to establish the conditions of emergence and support for free artistic forms, but also from the perspective of like-minded centres engaged, via the work they carry out in their site, in building a slow revolution (Beirut, in Cairo).

These discussions will take shape amid a varied programme which will include a musical accompaniment by pianist Alexey Aasantcheef, presenting a set composed of works by Cornelius Cardew, punctuated by revolutionary pieces which the audience will be invited to sing; performances by students of the Oslo Academy of Fine Art; an evening meal open to all; a screening juxtaposing contemporary films (Egyptian filmmakers Jasmina Matwaly and Philip Rizk and the Palestine-based DAAR collective) and a documentary about a major 1970s play (Paradise Now by Living Theater). Prior to this edition of the Printemps des Laboratoires, Turkish artist Burak Arikan will be running a workshop titled “Graph Commons”.



The two days of public platforms will be punctuated by song interludes. All contributions will be translated into French/English.

Monday 1st to Friday 5th June

Students from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts will develop action in public space in Aubervilliers. Documentation of these performances will be shown during the Printemps des Laboratoires weekend event.

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June

From 11 am to 6 pm

Graph Commons, Network Mapping Workshop: a workshop run in english by Burak Arikan (artist), limited to 30 participants.

Saturday 6th June

1 pm: Lunch

4.30 pm: Break

11 am: Pratique artistique, opposition et contestation : la figure des avant-gardes et leur stratégie politique. With Sophie Wahnich (historian), Marc Partouche (art historian) and Nathalie Quintane (writer and poet).

2 pm: “The Plot Is The Revolution”: le théâtre comme révolution et la performance comme revendication d’un espace public. With Sophie Wahnich, Diane Scott (critique in theatre), Daniela Nicolo and Enrico Casagrande (Motus / Italy) and Marinella Senatore (artist).

5 pm: Bloggers, Hackers, Wikileakers, Whistleblowers, Youtubbers : communautés intentionnelles et réseaux sociaux. With Marie Lechner (journalist), Brian Holmes (philosopher, art critic, activist), Mathias Jud and Christopher Wachter (artists), and Nathalie Magnan (media-activist).

And the Oslo National Academy of the Arts students’ contribution: Brouillard du Nord: la dépression comme forme d’opposition, les défaites personnelles et politiques comme moteur de changement.

8 pm: Musical Supper inspired by the work of Cornelius Cardew (please specify if you wish to attend the ‘musical supper’ — with fee of 6 €).

Sunday 7th June

1 pm: Lunch

5.30 pm: Closing time.

11.30 am: Film screenings : Paradise Now : The Living Theatre (1969) Marty Topp and Melvin Clay [46 mn] ; Out on the streets (2013) Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk [70 mn] ; Common Assembly: Deterritorializing the Palestinian Parliament / DAAR [15 mn].

14h00. Occuper l’institution. With Alexandra Baudelot, Dora García and Mathilde Villeneuve (co-directors of the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers). Thomas Hirschhorn (artist), Renata Lucas (artist), Antonia Alampi (director of the Beirut art centre, Cairo).

And a contribution by students of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts : L’artiste incarcéré, la pratique artistique dans l’institution : de Pussy Riot à Tania Bruguera.

Free entrance on reservation : 01 53 56 15 90 and reservation@leslaboratoires.org

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The artists

  • Thomas Hirschhorn
  • Alexey Aasantcheef
  • Burak Arikan
  • Brian Holmes
  • Marie Lechner
  • Renata Lucas
  • Nathalie Magnan
  • Marc Partouche
  • Jasmina Metwaly & Philip Rizk
  • Daniela Nicolo & Enrico Casagrande
And 7 others…