Jean-Noël Orengo / Gaël Peltier
This last session in the first season of our program Partitions (Performances) presents two ways of revisiting contemporary mythologies: the founding myth of the creation of the (art) world with writer Jean-Noël Orengo, who rewrites the Bible (of the avant-garde) with Marcel Duchamp playing the part of « God »; more personal mythologies with Gaël Peltier, who calls into question « representation and its truthfulness » and unveils strategies inherent in the fabrication of the real.
Jean-Noël Orengo / The Bible of the Avant-Garde
« First was Marcel Duchamp. » As he placed a urinal on a plinth, Marcel Duchamp radically transformed art history. Starting from this foundational gesture, definitively opposing the moderns and the contemporaries, Jean-Noël Orengo rewrites the Bible by adapting the Old and the New Testament to this religion of a new kind : the religion of art. Combining a certain irony with historical precision, Orengo gives a genuine lesson in the history of art and the small world it constitutes. In the table of contents: a Genesis, a Flood, a New Testament and possibly an Apocalypse.
With special appearances by Hakima El Djoudi and Daniel Prevost.
Since his return from the United States, where he had taken on a few dozen pounds for a public performance of a few minutes only, Gaël Peltier has been on intensive training as a boxer, transforming his body yet again. This sport, where dodging is essential, best characterizes his work as an artist, which eludes any fixed identification and assumes a variety of characteristics embodied literally, without disguise of any kind.