Innerspace — Jean Comandon / David Douard


Drawing, film, installation, new media...

Jean Comandon / David Douard

Past: February 15 → March 24, 2012

« What interests me in Jean Comandon’s work is the ingenuity of his filming device and of the imaginary that resides within it. […] His way of dipping into microscopic research, purely and simply, like a quest for interiority, is what links my practice to his. […] With the help of his camera, Comandon perforates the surface and goes beyond it to make visible everything there is to see. In my work and in sculpture in general, it is the surface of the object and the information that this surface can give us about interiority that interest me most.

My proposal for this exhibition is to create hybrid objects, between sculpture and display ; to work with emotions, problems, sensations and with all the irregularities of the body and the mind, and to shed light onto them just as a scientist would make an atom visible. […] In order to show Comandon’s films in the best possible way, I am starting from the assumption that everything has consistency, that everything is an organism, and that this very organism, as hybrid as it may be, can be penetrated and explored. One must search deep inside and authorise oneself quite a few things, a bit like Joe Dante who, in the film Innerspace (1987), recounts the journey of a miniaturised Dennis Quaid contained in a 0.02mm capsule through the body of Martin Short. »

David Douard

Innerspace is conceived in collaboration with Paris Diderot University (Thierry Lefebvre, lecturer and the students of the Scientific journalism masters course) and the Centre National du Cinéma (Béatrice de Pastre, Collections director).

  • Opening Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6 PM → 9 PM
  • Ballet botanique. Autour du cinéma de Jean Comandon Event Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 2 PM

    The French film archives of the CNC, Paris Diderot University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France organise a study day focusing on Jean Comandon, followed by the screening of films restored by the French film archives, accompanied by live music.
    2pm : study afternoon
    6.30pm : film screenings accompanied by Benoit Alziary (vibraphone)

  • Concert — The Seawolves Event Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7 PM

    Experimental music evening, including a screening of original films by Jean Comandon in 16mm.

  • Ciné Diderot Screening Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6 PM

    In the first part of the programme, films concerning scientific research, directed by students of the Scientific Journalism Masters at the University Paris Diderot, will be screened and discussed. The second part will present a science fiction film related to the exhibition.

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9, esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rdc de la Halle aux Farines
Face aux Grands Moulins de Paris sur le campus de l’Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot

75013 Paris

T. 01 45 84 17 56

Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • David Douard
  • Jean Comandon