Palais de Tokyo

'This House', as part of the season 'Nouvelles vagues'

Serge Alain Nitegeka
'This House', as part of the season 'Nouvelles vagues' , Exhibition View ,

SEE LISTING Telephone Voice

James Webb
Telephone Voice, Audio ,


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Various Artists at Palais de Tokyo

'This House' is an exhibition curated by Anthea Buys and Mikhael Subotzky to be presented at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In the show, the works of five artists from South Africa, Burundi, Norway and the United States explore different qualities of structure. The exhibition brings together newly-commissioned works, existing contemporary pieces and one important historical work, Gordon Matta-Clark’s 'Conical Intersect' (1975), in a way that links architectural forms, institutional entities and political systems through their common reliance on methods of spatial and temporal organization. Mikhael Subotzky’s four-channel film 'Moses and Griffiths' (2012) provides a narrative route into the exhibition, as the piece’s two protagonists narrate history through the features of two iconic buildings of which they are the custodians. 

In all of the works presented, structure is identified as a phenomenon that is both volumetric and conceptual. These modes are linked in the selection of works by poetic and formal threads – which together constitute a kind of intra-architecture – that casts doubt on the possibility of inhabiting a space or a time without inheriting a political stance. Serge-Alain Nitegeka’s site-specific sculptural installation manifests this idea of troubled inhabiting on a scale that draws viewers into a direct physical encounter with an environment that is both alluring and obstructive.

In addition to the five works that are plainly shown, the exhibition will also include an indeterminate number of unseen “ghost” works, pieces that are no longer visible at Palais de Tokyo. These manifest in the exhibition through subtle clues, temporal recursions, leaps of the imagination, dreams and games. They haunt Alexandra Makhlouf’s new performative drawing installation as she both cites and invents the history of display within the museum.

The recognition of invisible works alongside visible ones enacts the strong psychogeographic orientation in Moses and Griffiths and in André Tehrani’s 'The Letter V in Various Media', 1963 – 1998 (2012). In turn, it connects spatial perception with the more mysterious phenomenon of temporal perception, suggesting that the eclipse of the past by the present is the result of a psychic or anatomical limitation rather than a metaphysical truth.


21 June 2013 - 09 September 2013

James Webb at Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo presents 'Telephone Voice', a new artwork by James Webb. The project was curated by Rahma Khazam for the Répondeur, a monthly exhibition of audio work created for the exhibition space’s answering machine. In 'Telephone Voice', Orson Welles speaks via a clairvoyant, turning the answerphone into a sonic stage and creating a scenario worthy of the late auteur himself. Says Webb: 'I worked with a psychic to channel the celebrated American director, interviewing him and then transcribing the speech for an actor to perform. Welles directs the clairvoyant and through him the actor, who in turn influences the listener'.

To hear the work online, please visit: http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/fo3/low/programme/index.php?page=nav.inc.php&id_eve=3360 and click on PODCAST

01 July 2011 - 31 August 2011