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The Thing Show : JoX ColombX, courtesy de l'artiste

Anouchka Oler – The Thing Show : JoX ColombX

Third episode : Anouchka Oler
15.02.2018 – 19h30

For thi third episode of L’Homme aux cent yeux (revue), the frac île-de-france hosts Anouchka Oler at the plateau. In her practice, Anouchka Oler sets up ecosystems in which ideas such as affects, community life and sociability or even the material environment are discussed. Speech is given to both objects and humans, that are worried and amused investigators of these speculative stories.

In her recent performances, she uses public speaking forms such as the one-woman-show or guided tour while forgetting her codes. For The Thing Show: JoX ColombX, she is interested in the form of stand-up in which the actor tests with a public a freshly written text commonly called ‘material’. In this first episode of the Thing Show, the artist takes Joe Colombo’s objects and his antidesign as a raw material to question with them how power circulates in the material environment and thus to explore its subversive potential.

Born in Saint Malo in 1988, Anouchka Oler grew up in a succession of houses still under construction. Today, she lives and works in Brussels. The Initiative of the Mouths and Anxiety # 2 are her last two personal exhibitions held in 2017, respectively, at Secret Dungeon (NYC, USA) and Pracownia Portretu (Łódź, PL). She has shown her work in exhibitions and collective events at La Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), frac île-de-france – le plateau (Paris), Cooper Gallery (Dundee), MOTINTERNATIONAL (Brussels) and De Appel (Amsterdam).


L’Homme aux cent yeux (revue)

The new “revue” (show) L’Homme aux cent yeux * – in a nod to its glorious ancestors of the 30s and to the spirit of the Music Hall – proposes an annual programme of live interventions, open to all kinds of artistic creation (acoustic, filmic, choreographic, etc.), by artists invited to occupy the exhibition spaces in two phases. The first (la revue) will consist in evening events during the ongoing exhibitions, with a performative play specially created by an artist for each occasion. The second (la grande revue) will take place once during the year, in between exhibitions, when the spaces are empty and awaiting the next installation. For this event – the acme of the “revue” – all the invited artists will gather and propose a follow-up to their first intervention.
These two forms of intervention will enable the invited artists to experiment with new pieces in different contexts and in direct relationship with the public.

* L’Homme aux cent yeux (revue) is a reference to Argus, the all-seeing giant in Greek mythology with a tragic  – and beautiful – destiny.