Jean-Baptiste Farkas

Jean-Baptiste Farkas (1968) aka
Glitch, Beaucoup plus de moins ! (2003)
L'art et ses logiques soustractives (2018)
Les Chroniques de la soustraction (2019)

InquiryJean-Baptiste Farkas

Jean-Baptiste Farkas defines himself as a service provider artist.

Under various series organised as collections, he has conceived "instructions for use" which maintain a close relationship with disorder, vandalism and diversion in order to generate action in the reality.

These protocols of collective or individual actions are all "rituals" whose vocation is not to produce an object, but rather to generate a state, or a shift in the perception of the world.

Squeaky, often imperceptible, these actions propose to reconsider our habits as much as our relationship to objects.

Inscribed in a non-productivist logic, even very strongly subtractive, these "passages à l'acte" confront the question of value in art, often testing the spectator by a latent tendency to destruction, constraint or frustration while retaining a touch of humour.

These action protocols can be practiced freely with or without the participation of the artist, or acquired in the form of instructions.

Jean-Baptiste Farkas' work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, the Musée d'art Moderne (MAM Paris), the Frac Poitou-Charentes and the MAC VAL. Some of his protocols have been put into practice in New York, Los Angeles, Oslo and Montreal. He was awarded a doctorate in Contemporary Art Practice and Theory in 2022.

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