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23 JUNE 2014

Louise Bourgeois: a conversation with Bernard Marcadé 1993

"La vieille dame qui traverse la rue au bras d'un jeune homme barbu, c'est elle, Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), dont l'histoire nous est d'abord brossée à grands traits par le biais de photographies tirées des archives familiales. La rencontre en chair et en os a lieu chez elle et dans son atelier, à Brooklyn, où elle entreprend une exégèse de son oeuvre dans une optique résolument psychanalytique. Rythmé par la visite de quatre sculptures ou "cellules" ("Choisy", "Hands and Glass Balls", "Arch of Hysteria", "Eves and Mirrors") avant leur départ pour la Biennale de Venise en 1993, l'entretien avec Bernard Marcadé et Jerry Gorovoy est placé sous le signe de la maison (familiale et symbolique) comme matrice de l'oeuvre. Au traumatisme de base, "fissure de la cellule familiale", car le père ramenait quantité de maîtresses, s'ajoute sa moquerie quant à l'absence de phallus de la petite fille. La passion pour la géométrie aux lois immuables, l'emboîtement des pièces, devient alors recherche de perfection et ironie : démolir des formes est posé en équation avec la destruction du père. L'oeuvre, riche en retournements, émerge du discours par l'humour et la vigueur des "show–off" de mamelles ou divers phallus érigés et animalisés."

Fig.1 Paru en 1993 chez CNC [Centre national de la cinématographie], [Paris] dans la collection Images de la culture / Mémoire | Camille Guichard.

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199320th century artart work • arte video • artistbalance • Bernard Marcade • biopic • Brooklyn • Camille Guichard • Centre Georges Pompidou • destruction of the father • erect phallus • explicit sexual imageryfatherfemale artistfrancais • French artist • Jerry Gorovoy • Louise Bourgeois • memoire • New York • peeling an orange • psychoanalysis • Reunion des musees nationaux • sculptor • search of perfection • sexually explicit work • shock artshow and tell • Sunday salon • Terra Luna Films • Venice Biennale • women artists

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Simon Perkins
30 OCTOBER 2013

Dark Places: arts research exploring UK techno-scientific and industrial / military infrastructure

"Dark Places is part of the Overt Research Project, run by Office of Experiments.

This work was first shown publicly at the exhibition 'Dark Places' curated by Office of Experiments with John Hansard Gallery, Arts Catalyst and SCAN [http://www.scansite.org] in 2009–10. This site was publicly launched on 13th December 2010.

In developing the work for this exhibition, we imagined the construction of an alternative and experimental knowledge source that in turn maps all other sites of knowledge, as they exist in the UK Landscape. A 'Field Guide to Dark Places' is the first of these experimental resources, and aims to draw on and develop responses to the vast infrastructure of the techno–scientific and industrial / military complex, probing aesthetic, political and philosophical questions around spaces that are inaccessible or in some cases secret. (for reasons varying from simple understanding to physical and security issues – the performance as the writer Foucault would state of 'heterotopias').

Overall, the Overt Research Project is vast and so our aim was initially to start with an experience of physical sites within reach of John Hansard Gallery. Our research of these sites has led us to create experimental methods which in turn led to a number of installations, that can be seen by going to the John Hansard Gallery entry on this site (Southampton).

Whilst our own researchers, specifically Neal White and Steve Rowell, largely conducted research for the Dark Places Field Guide, our aim now is to extend the scale of this work by opening up this resource to enthusiasts, amateur scientists and urban explorers. If you would like to take part, we ask that you attend a physical event, as critical to our work is the link between the imaginary and the real – often confounded by pure virtual experience. We have run a number of events at which you can register to become an official Overt Researcher. These have most frequently included 'Critical Excursions'."

(Office of Experiments)

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2009 • aesthetic questions • alternative knowledge • amateur science • art exhibitionart installationart work • critical excursions • dark places • Dark Places (exhibition) • dark tourism • digital artsenthusiastsexperience projectexperimental knowledge • experimental research methods • experimental resource • field guide • Field Guide to Dark Places (resource) • heterotopiahuman experienceimaginary spaces • inaccessible spaces • industrial archaeology • interdisciplinary arts • John Hansard Gallery • landscapemapsMichel Foucaultmilitary complexmilitary hardwaremilitary historymilitary-industrial complexnational securityNeal White • Office of Experiments • Overt Research Project (ORP) • philosophical questionsphysical event • physical site • political questions • SCAN (agency) • secret town • security issues • sites of knowledge • South of EnglandSouthampton • Steve Rowell • techno-scientific • technoscience • The Arts Catalyst • UKurban explorerurban geographyvirtual experience

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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