Video and Photographic Work Exhibited in 'Scene of Married Life', the third show in a series of four shows at The Villa Arson, Nice, France (25 November 2000 - 25 February 2001)

Billingham, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-6474-5656 (2000) Video and Photographic Work Exhibited in 'Scene of Married Life', the third show in a series of four shows at The Villa Arson, Nice, France (25 November 2000 - 25 February 2001). [Show/Exhibition]

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Billingham's Art Video 'Fishtank', 47mins, produced by James Lingwood and Adam Curtis and photographic work from Billingham's series Ray's a Laugh' were exhibited in 'Scene of Married Life', the third show in a series of four shows at The Villa Arson, Nice, France (25 November 2000 - 25 February 2001). The other three shows were 'Rehearsal, Head in the Clouds' (7 April - 14 June 2000); 'Artist, Actor, A Production of the Real' (2 July - 15 October 2000) and Endtroducing' (31 March - 10 June 2001). The four shows came under the title 'Action, on tourne' or 'Action, we're filming' and there was a fully illustrated catalogue printed of the same title. It documented and discussed all four exhibitions. There was an essay about 'Scene of Married Life' by Pascal Beausse. Scene of the married life or: in this paradise of the intimate, in this hell of the servant. At a time when the private space is threatened in its autonomy by the expansion of economic activity. In the information age, where nothing that is most secret to you is unknown to us. At the age of access, which is also that of the triumph of the panoptic, will particular relations be able to resist the commodification of bodies and feelings? It seems that this obscure domain, which is not spared by confrontation and negotiation (between two lulls of happiness), asserts itself as the last bastion of resistance to symbolic violence exerted coercively by the combined forces or rollers of powers and industries. Marriage is not only the question of family and filiation - or even of "marital life" - but, more certainly, it is the place of the relationship to the Other, which can not to be reducible to an alleged sexual differentiation. So: couple, marriage, family, but also and just as much PACS, companionship, engagement, adventure, passade, friendship, community, cronyism, to 2 or 3 (or more if affinities). To expose a "scene of conjugal life" would be to reinvent representations of everyday life understood as the experience of the relationship, of the relationship - fundamentally political and never banal. Artists in 'Scene of Married Life' were Laetitia Benat, Anne Brégeaut, Marie-José Burki, Jordi Colomer, Melanie Counsell, Brice Dellsperger, Rineke Dijkstra, Stan Douglas, Christoph Draeger, Philippe Durand, Christelle Familiari, Ceal Floyer, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Ann Veronica Janssens, Bertrand Lamarche, Mark Lewis, Ernesto Neto, Florence Paradeis, Hugues Reip, Ugo Rondinone, Constanze Ruhm, Adrian Schiess, Alain Sechas, Ann-Sofi Siden, Roman Signer, Fiona Tan, Vibeke Tandberg, Sam Taylor- Wood, Philippe Terrier-Hermann, Uri Tzaig, Eulàlia Valldosera and Craig Wood

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Arts > Art
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Richard Billingham
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 13:48
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 13:48
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7443

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