Exhibition by French curator Mélanie Bouteloup – Nov 8 to Dec 20, 2013 [fr]
As part of the Paris-Toronto series, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery presents, from November 8 to December 20, the exhibition “Something More Than a Succession of Notes” curated by Mélanie Bouteloup, French director of Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research, where she presented this exhibition last spring.
Ten years ago, UNESCO instituted a Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, offering unprecedented recognition to practices in the order of orality, ritual, and know-how. Yet, how can we envisage the preservation of immaterial aspects of culture, in such a way that does not freeze them into an inventory, and reduce them to a transcription or reactivation inevitably partial and subjective? The exhibition “Something More Than a Succession of Notes” interrogates the paradoxes that arise with the patrimonialization of practices that are by definition variable and evolving. Facing the impossibility of objectively representing and interpreting that which has a life of its own, this project intends to reveal the flaws of any recording process. At the intersection of anthropology, history, art, and museology, the exhibition brings together contributions from researchers, activists, and artists whose works transform the limits of transcription into a subject of inquiry and creation.
Featuring Artists: Ada Magazine, William Anastasi, AMAR Foundation, Willem Boshoff, Ian Carr-Harris, Alice De Mont, Ruy Guerra, Johnny Kit-Elswa, Shirley, Douglas and Tam Krenak, Violaine Lochu, Ignazio Macchiarella, Pénélope Patrix, Taller Leñateros, Andrew Norman Wilson.
Biography of Mélanie Bouteloup
Mélanie Bouteloup is co-founder and director of Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research. By organizing seminars (“12 Gestures” in collaboration with Kadist Art Foundation from 2009 to 2011 or “Sous le ciel libre de l’histoire” at musée du quai Branly in 2011), workshops (“Parties Prenantes” with among others SPEAP Sciences Po – École des arts politiques in January 2010) or exhibitions-performances such as “Playtime” in September 2008 and 2009, Mélanie Bouteloup is committed to developing research and experimentation in society. The projects she implements associate working groups with variable geometry, in order to shed multiple lights to marginalized zones of history, memories, realities and potentialities. In 2011, she co-curated with Anna Colin the following projects: “Ce dont on sera dans l’avenir capable”, an exhibition with artists Frédéric Moser and Philippe Schwinger questionning different forms of learning, “Eldoradio”, confronting possible uses of documents related to radio micro-histories, “A Lure a Part Allure Apart” screening the essay films of collective The Otolith Group and lastly “Une légende en cache une autre” exploring the ethical, scientific, political and legal questions raised by museums’repatriation cases. Mélanie Bouteloup was one of the associate curators at the 2012 Triennial “Intense Proximité” (Intense Proximity). She is regularly involved in teaching (Université Paris 7) or jurys (1% artistic, art schools’ diplomas).
From November 8 to December 20, 2013
Opening: Thursday, November 7 at 6 pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto – St. George Campus
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Thursday - Tuesday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Wednesday, 12:00 - 8:00 pm