Jean-Baptiste Farkas

On Words, In Deeds

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Jean-Baptiste Farkas defines himself as an artist who provides services.

Under the name IKHÉA©SERVICES he creates works which are not art objects, but rather protocols and instructions inviting us (the user) to act in unexpected ways within society. His book, On Words, In Deeds, gathers these directives. The deviant actions concocted by IKHÉA©SERVICES set up situations which give an advantage to nuisance. Entrenched conventions with which we too easily comply are dug up and defied. True challenges await the reader who, in activating these services, may find themselves in a sticky yet enlightening situation.

Glitch is an extension of IKHÉA©SERVICES dedicated to negativity, acting as a means to communicate an aversion to unbridled productivism.

Both IKHÉA©SERVICES and Glitch are simultaneously critical, playful and damning (if not to say downright mean at times) and despite their no-holds-barred approach don’t simply glorify waste or expense. Rather, their aim is to kindle a passion for destruction and subtraction, setting in motion a shift from “Art with a capital A” to an art delivered with a hail of blows.  

Ghislain Mollet-Viéville

On Words, In Deeds is the english translation of Des modes d'emploi et des passages à l'acte.

272 pages
21 x 14.85 cm
Printed on Offset white 120g paper
Soft cover with wrap-around band
Printed and bound by Snel, Belgium
Limited edition of 250 copies
Produced and published in 2017 by mfc-michèle didier
©2017 Jean-Baptiste Farkas and mfc-michèle didier