UNTEL LA BOITE UNTEL, 1975/2013
Natural wooden box, 36.5 x 30 x 24 cm
Contains different elements regarding UNTEL activities between 1975 and 1980.
1 catalogue UNTEL 1975-1980 Archives, 27 x 20 cm, 400 pages, Ed. Beaux-Arts de Paris, 2004
396 cards/sheets, each 27 x 20 cm
1 user guide 396 fiches in a crystal paper envelope, 318 x 228 mm
16 leaflets fac-simile in a silk-screened kraft envelope, 32.3 x 22.9 cm
1 letter fac-simile from the Paris Préfecture de Police de Paris in a white envelope, 11.4 x 16.2 cm
1 newspaper UNTEL, fac-simile of texts and press articles published between 1975 and 1980 and then between 1980 and 2012, 48 pages, A3 folded
1 stamp card in crystal paper envelope, 31.8 x 22.8 cm
3 DVD, color video, 16/9, sound:
Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, 25',
Le Temps qui passe, 23'
Caméra de surveillance, 32'
1 audio CD: Vie quotidienne, 36'
1 rubber stamp Plus rien à vendre Tout à échanger, 6.5 x 2 cm
1 ink pad, 7.5 x 10 x 1.5 cm
1 badge Touriste, diameter 5.6 mm
1 paperweight UNTEL et pas d'autres, Belgian blue stone, 10.8 x 15 x 2 cm
Edition of 24 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist's proofs (3 for Jean-Paul Albinet, 3 for Philippe Cazal, 3 for Alain Snyers and 1 for Wilfrid Rouff)
Certificate numbered and signed
Produce and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2013
©2013 UNTEL and mfc-michèle didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.
UNTEL is a group of artists consisting originally of three French artists, Jean-Paul Albinet, Philippe Cazal and Alain Snyers. During its brief but passionate existence, from 1975 to 1980, the group has led numerous actions in the public sphere. The focal point of the group's actions is the examination of the day-to-day life, shaped by social and political questioning, and impregnated to the revolutionary ideas of May 1968 and situationism. The proximity of UNTEL's creation process to this idea of the lived experience led Ben Vautier to included UNTEL in the program of La Maison du Doute in Blois, France, in the spring of 2013. This way, he historically designated UNTEL as post-Fluxus. The idea of an art that first and foremost has to be experienced and lived, seems indeed in line with UNTEL's considerations.
In collaboration with the group, mfc-michèle didier has published today LA BOÎTE UNTEL (The UNTEL box), a new edition limited to 24 copies. LA BOÎTE UNTEL compiles a series of testimonies of the group's actions led in the second half of the seventies, providing a coherent collection of objects and documents. The box includes carefully selected items: index cards, historical articles and critic's reviews, flyers, the famous inkpad "PLUS RIEN À VENDRE TOUT À ÉCHANGER" (Nothing for sale any more, everything for trade), or the ironic "TOURISTE" badge, one of their favorite accessories.
In addition, we can find the soundtrack of the environment VIE QUOTIDIENNE (Everyday life), which was initially presented in 1977 at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and is today exhibited in the rooms dedicated to contemporary art of the Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg; exhibited alongside are several videos testifying to a selection of the most striking interventions they made in the urban area, like the performance of LE DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE in 1975 are exhibitied.
In addition, a rubber stamp, an inkpad, a badge, 396 index cards are preserved in LA BOÎTE UNTEL. They come from the catalogue UNTEL, 1975-1980 ARCHIVES and propose, in a series of successive chapters, a photographic documentation for each intervention led during the group's existence. These 396 unbound cards, coming with an instruction sheet, provide an UNTEL retrospective, creating an "exhibition kit" the same way you might have a furniture kit.