Jean-Baptiste Farkas On words, in deeds, 2017
Book, 21 x 14,85 cm, 272 pages
Printed on Offset White 120g
Soft cover with wrap-around band
Printed and bound by Snel
Edition of 250 copies
Produit et publié par mfc-michèle didier en 2017
©2017 Jean Baptiste-Farkas et 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.
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.