Michael Smith at Magasin – CNAC, Grenoble

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PERFORMANCE
PROLETARIANS !!!

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JOIN THE CONTINUOUS BROADCAST POST-MEDIA BULLSHIT AND CHANGE TODAY !!!

FREE OF CHARGE !!!

9-10 OCTOBER, 2014
BROADCASTED FROM / DIFFUSÉE DEPUIS
MAGASIN – CNAC, GRENOBLE

A PROJECT BY / UN PROJET DE
LILI REYNAUD-DEWAR ET BENJAMIN VALENZA
WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES AND VIDEOS BY/
VERENA DENGLER, DIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN, HADLEY AND MAXWELL, CHRISTIAN FAELSNES, EMY CHAUVEAU, HENDRIK HEGRAY / POPOL GLUANT, GUILLAUME PILET, MICHAEL SMITH, DENIZ UNAL, HUGO CANOILAS, MATHIS COLLINS, AXELLE STIEFEL, NASTASIA MEYRAT, CHLOÉ DELARUE, LOU MASDURAUD, LAUREN HURET & CAMILLE DUMOND, LEA MEIER, JOHANNA VIPREY & JEAN WAVE (BLANC ALLIGATOR)

AND A VIDEO PROGRAM FEATURING (TO BE CONFIRMED) /
ALEX BAG, CHRISTOPH SCHLIENGENSIEF, SARAH MORRIS, OLIVIA DUNBAR, ERICA EYRES, DAVID ROBBINS, MELANIE GILLIGAN, MICHELLE NAISMITH.

IN 1970, BRIAN DE PALMA RELEASED THE BLACK COMEDY FEATURE FILM “HI! MOM” STARRING ROBERT DE NIRO.

“HI! MOM” IS A TYPICALLY POST-MACLUHANESQUE TALE, NARRATING DE NIRO’S USE OF A PERSONAL CAMERA, FROM RECORDING HIS NEIGHBORS’ DAILY LIFE TO TAKING PART IN A VIOLENT LIVE THEATER PERFORMANCE. THIS PERFORMANCE, ENTITLED BE BLACK BABY ! IS THE ACTUAL CLIMAX OF THE FILM. IT CONSISTS OF SWAPPING ROLES BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE US CITIZEN, WITH WHITES BLACKENING AND GETTING BEATEN UP AND INSULTED BY WHITENED BLACKS. IN IT, DE NIRO PLAYS THE ROLE OF POLICEMAN ARRESTING AND MOLESTING THE CROWD OF PERFORMERS. OVER THE COURSE OF THE FILM AND ITS DEPICTION OF DE NIRO’S ACQUAINTING TO THE CAMERA, HIS CHARACTER (A YOUNG VIETNAM VETERAN) PERFORMS VARIOUS ROLES OR IDENTITIES : FROM ASPIRING FILM DIRECTOR TO SURVEILLANCE OBSESSED GUY TO VIOLENT COP TO OVER CONTROLLING PARTNER (HE MOVES WITH ONES OF THE GIRLS HE WAS SPYING WITH HIS CAMERA) TO TERRORIST.
WITH ITS FINAL SCENE SHOWING DE NIRO INTERVIEWED ON THE NATIONAL NEWS AS A WITNESS FOR A BOMB ATTACK HE’S ACTUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR, “HI ! MOM” SHOWS THE INFLUENCE OF MEDIA ON OUR NATURAL ROLE PLAYING TENDENCIES.

IN 2008, IN HIS BOOK ON SURPLUS VALUE IN ART (WITTE DE WITH PUBLISHINGS, STERNBERG PRESS, 2010) DIEDERICH DIEDERICHSEN COINED THE TERM “PERFORMANCE PROLETARIANS” TO DESCRIBE A SPECIFIC “CREATIVE CLASS” EMERGED UNDER THE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL CONDITIONS OF PRODUCTION AND CIRCULATION OF ARTISTIC CONTENT.
THIS LABOUR OF THIS CLASS, DIEDERICHSEN WRITES, IS BOTH DE-REGULATED AND DE-PROFESSIONALIZED. IT FUNCTIONS NOT SO MUCH AS A WORKING FORCE BUT AS A LIFE FORCE, DISPLAYING THE PRODUCTS OF ITS CREATIVE ACTIVITY AS A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF ENERGY, AGILITY, CHARM, AND TALENT. NEEDLESS TO SAY THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT DEFINED BY THEIR ORIGINALITY, BUT ON THE CONTRARY BY THEIR REPETITIVE ENDORSEMENT OF EXISTING PERFORMANCE PATTERNS AND THE ENDLESS RECONSTRUCTION OF MULTIPLE IDENTITIES. THEY ARE INTERCHANGEABLE AND MUTABLE, AND EASILY ADAPT TO THE VARIOUS PREDETERMINED FORMATS THEY AIM TO FIT IN.

WITH THESE TWO ANCHOR POINTS, SPANNING OVER FOUR DECADES : FROM THE BEGINNINGS OF THE USE OF PERSONAL CAMERAS TO THE GENERALIZATION OF INTERNET RELATED METHODS OF PERFORMING, OUR PROGRAM “PERFORMANCE PROLETARIANS !!! JOIN !!!” WISHES TO EXPLORE THE RELATIONS BETWEEN PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MORE SPECIFICALLY THE TECHNOLOGIES OF ENTERTAINMENT. THE POINT IS NOT SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT THE CONSERVATION ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE – IN ITS RELATION TO DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDING – BUT ON THE CONTRARY TO THINK ABOUT PERFORMANCE IN TERMS OF ITS CIRCULATION, BROADCASTING AND IMMEDIATE RELEASE. THROUGH THIS WINDOW, WE AIM TO HELP RESURFACE THE VARIOUS ROLE PLAY AND IDENTITIES GENERATED BY SUCH METHODOLOGICAL CHOICES, AND TO FOCUS PRIMARILY ON THE USE OF A VERY ENERGETIC BODY AS A TOOL FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE.

WE WISH TO GATHER A GROUP OF ARTISTS AND SPEAKERS FROM DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, WHO HAVE BLURRED THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN FILM, VIDEO, PERFORMANCE, LIVE MUSIC AND TELEVISION, AND WHO HAVE COMBINED VARIOUS MEDIUM IN ORDER TO PRODUCE WORK THAT IS ASPIRING TO BOTH CHALLENGE AND INTEGRATE THE MASS MEDIA PROTOCOLS, ITS STEREOTYPES AND ITS PROMISE OF CREATIVE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRATIZATION.

THE AUDITORIUM OF MAGASIN WILL HOST A STUDIO FOR THE PERFORMANCES TO TAKE PLACE AND BE BROADCASTED. THE PROGRAM WILL BE TRANSMITTED LIVE ON A DEDICATED INTERNET CHANNEL.
BENJAMIN VALENZA AND LILI REYNAUD-DEWAR WILL ASSEMBLE AND MIX THESE VIDEOS AND PERFORMANCES, LIVE. THEIR STUDENTS FROM HEAD GENEVA AND EBABX BORDEAUX WILL BE GIVEN CAMERAS AND WILL TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FILMING THE EVENT CONTINUALLY DURING 36 HOURS, FROM OCTOBER 9 12PM UNTIL OCTOBER 10 MIDNIGHT OF THE YEAR 2014.
THIS STUDIO WILL BE SEMI-PRIVATE, ACCESSIBLE ONLY TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROJECT. THE AUDIENCE WILL BE SITTING BEHIND THEIR COMPUTER IN THEIR HOME, FAVORITE BAR, OR ELSE.

PARTNERS / PARTENAIRES : DICRÉAM-CNC, FONDATION D’ENTREPRISE RICARD,
HAUTE ÉCOLE D’ART ET DE DESIGN (HEAD) DE GENÈVE, ÉCOLE DES BEAUX ARTS DE BORDEAUX (EBABX).

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