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Crossing Values – Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’art contemporain
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Texts by Raphaële Jeune, Jean-Pierre Burdin, Jean-Paul Fourmentraux, Samuel Bianchini, Emmanuel Mahé, Jean-Marc Huitorel, Laurent Jeanpierre, Maurizio Lazzarato, Chantal Pontbriand, Aacorn Organizational Art.
published in 2009
bilingual edition (English / French)
20 x 27 cm (softcover)
448 pages (280 color & b/w ill.)
€35.00 €19.00
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ISBN: 978-2-84066-288-4
EAN: 9782840662884
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Catalogue of the first Rennes Biennal (France), exploring what artistic activity and corporate/business activity have in common (and what sets them apart): work and labour, creators of value, with more than 60 international artists.
What happens when an artist takes an interest in the world of work and in the world of economic production? And, moreover, when he or she actually enters those worlds to explore their mechanisms and blur their boundaries, thus putting his or her own praxis to the test?
Crossing Values explores what artistic activity and corporate/business activity have in common and, just as much, what sets them apart: work and labour, creators of value. The artistic gesture has always echoed changes occurring in the workplace, questioning the meaning of work and coming up with other forms for it. Nowadays, in a rationalised world, where even education and culture must be profitable, artists are challenging the systems of logic governing productivity and alienation, the loss of meaning, and the place of imagination.
Sixty-two artists were brought together to introduce their own work, much of it new, to the problem set. Some were involved in company residencies, confronting their approach and method with those of the employees—an in vivo experiment—leading to a reappraisal of the artist’s role, the status of what he or she creates, and the place of the subject in the world of work.
The Crossing Values catalogue offers both a record and an extension of the experiments carried out in Rennes. It encompasses analyses by art critics, artists, philosophers, sociologists, trade unionists and members of the corporate world, as well as comprehensive documentation of the projects produced and the works exhibited.
Published on the occasion of the first Rennes Biennal, from May to July, 2008 (www.lesateliersderennes.fr).

Works by AaMb, Adel Abdessemed, Accès Local, Boris Achour, Ghada Amer, Sandy Amerio, Igor Antic, Au travail / At work, Istvan Balogh, Iain Baxter&, Damien Beguet, Alain Bernardini, Samuel Bianchini, Bernard Brunon - That's Painting Productions, Ludovic Burel & Noëlle Pujol, Jean-Marc Chapoulie, Jean-Louis Chapuis & Gilles Touyard, Chen Chieh-jen, Claude Closky, Collectif 1.0.3, courants faibles, Delphine Doukhan, Pieter Engels, Harun Farocki, Hans Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, Daniel Firman, Nicolas Floc'h, Claire Fontaine, Julie C. Fortier, Claire Fouquet, Générateur de problèmes [[[[[ (François Deck), Raphaël Grisey, Eric Hattan, Pierre Huyghe, Olga Kisseleva, Ikhéa©Services, Benoît Laffiché, Martin Le Chevallier, Nadia Lichtig, Gilles Mahé, Jean-Charles Massera, Charles Mazé, Mathieu Mercier, Gianni Motti, Jean-Luc Moulène, Mud Office, Frédéric Ollereau, Régis Perray, Jean-François Pinot, Giuseppe Pinot Gallizio, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Romain Poussin, Julien Prévieux, Marie Reinert, Pascal Rivet, Kristina Solomoukha, Simon Starling, Claudia Triozzi, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Marie Voignier, Work on Stage, Carey Young.