Samuel Bianchini - Audience works - Exhibitionmfc-michèle didier | Paris - Brussels - PARIS

Audience works
25 Jan - 16 Mar 2013
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From Friday January 25 to Saturday March 16, 2013
Opening on January 24, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm in presence of the artist

Audience Works, mfc-michèle didier latest publication, is an artist’s book that in first instance takes an interest in the work’s public, in other words, in its own audience.

17 interactive installations, produced by Samuel Bianchin between 1999 and 2012, are here considered with the rigorous precision scientists are known for. The  The study concentrates exclusively on the audience, which is both watching and activating the work at the same time. Parallel to the creation of these installations, the artist, who is also a teacher-researcher, has here documented through photography how the audience acts on his works, in order to formulate Audience Works, an individual work on its own.

With Audience Works, Samuel Bianchini extends the reactive character of his works and focuses on the participative dimension of his audience by publishing a book whose cover is responsive to temperature; the ink reacts to the heat of the hand. The title of the publication only appears if the reader is able to handle the object – without any gloves. 

In order to develop this bias in the context of an exhibition, and given that the artist’s book constantly questions the way it is displayed and handled by the public, Samuel Bianchini has conceived especially for this project a “display cabinet for touching”, a glove box, modeled on traditional laboratory equipment. In three of such cabinets a copy of Audience Works will be displayed during the exhibition. Enhancing and, at the same time, distancing the act of touching, the glove boxes encourage manipulation. Samuel Bianchini deeply values experience: one must live and practice the exhibition, and not solely contemplate it.

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