Adva Zakai & Åbäke — Le puzzle n’est pas un jeu solitaire


Urban art, design, graphic design, performance

Adva Zakai & Åbäke
Le puzzle n’est pas un jeu solitaire

Past: February 8 → May 4, 2014

“Imagine a sitcom without a plot and without a television. Or a series in six episodes, which is a portrait of a neighborhood, taking place as public events inside people’s houses. One would need to go visit their neighbors in order to follow the episodes of this series, instead of turning the TV on. Some chapters are live performances, some appear as written fiction, but there are no characters, no one is acting a roll and there is no story line to follow. Yet, along the different episodes, recurrent elements develop into possible narratives and a complex network of relations is revealed. Elements from the sitcom will be spread in the city, propagating the faint sound of an urban legend. There will be rumors about some living-room gatherings, and about pocket publications handed personally in specific spots in town. Those whom the rumor reached, will be encouraged to follow up the development of these elements, until they form the episodes of a “living-room sitcom”"

— Adva Zakai

Le puzzle n’est pas un jeu solitaire (Puzzle is not a Solitary Game) is a collaboration between Adva Zakai and Maki Suzuki (from the graphist collective Åbäke). During their residency at Les Laboratoires, beginning of 2014, they have developed a curatorial and performance based project, through the form of a public seminar, with interviews followed by workshops with the inhabitants, a fragmented publication spread about the city, and the different episodes of a “living-room sitcom”, taking place in the inhabitant’s home. A book will gather all the written fragments, stories, images, documentation, as a fourth platform where these materials will keep on evolving. This book, conceived as a new piece of the puzzle, will be published in June 2014.

93 Seine-St-Denis Zoom in 93 Seine-St-Denis Zoom out

41, rue Lécuyer

93300 Aubervilliers

T. 01 53 56 15 90 — F. 01 53 56 15 99

Aubervilliers – Pantin Quatre Chemins

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm

Admission fee

Free entrance

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The artists

  • Åbäke
  • Adva Zakai