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Veduta / Lyon Biennal 2009 – The Spectacle and the Everyday
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  Biennale de Lyon 2009 Tome 2 – Veduta Le spectacle et le quotidien
Edited by Thierry Raspail, Abdelkader Damani, Frédérique Gautier, Thierry Prat.
Texts by Hou Hanru, Thierry Raspail, Abdelkader Damani, Yves Winkin, Eric Chauvier, Nikos Papastergiadis, Elshopo, Pied la biche, Olivier Blanckart, Blandine Kriegel, Alban Bensa & Yvon Goromoedo, François Guery, Miguel Benasayad, Dominique Caubet, Mohammed Merhari, Paul Domela, Simon Lamunière, Hervé Percebois, Alain Chenevez, Caroline Corbex, Yves Aupetitallot.
published in September 2011
bilingual edition (English / French)
17 x 23 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
538 pages (color & b/w ill.)
€30.00 €15.00
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ISBN: 978-2-84066-440-6
EAN: 9782840664406
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Retrospective catalogue of the “Veduta” urban art program conceived alongside the 10th Lyon Biennal, with various local actors and cultural and artistic institutions: an exploration of the diversity of visual cultures, guided by the core ideas of convergence and participation.
In partnership with the various local actors, Veduta is devising and producing a great variety of events: artist residencies, artwork production, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, colloquia and performances in both unexpected and conventional venues.
Veduta aims to shake up the classic scheme of cultural mediation, which has traditionally comprised four actors: artwork, venue, mediator and audience. Veduta reflects a desire to break away from the gestural language of habitual cultural behaviours. For instance, should one stand silently before a work of art? Nothing could be less certain: on 5 July, on Place du 8 Mai 1945, a square in the Etats-Unis district of Lyon's eighth arrondissement, Elshopo handed out pancakes silkscreened with a chocolate portrait of Michael Jackson. In the same quarter, since 15 May, Robert Milin has been walking up and down staircases in residential blocks on Rue Arrachart and gleaning expressions that he then transforms into “urban signage” in the form of lightboxes fixed to walls of buildings. During the same period, Eko Nugroho camped at La Maison Carmagnole in southern Vaulx-en-Velin. After spending a month with youngsters from this Lyon suburb, he staged L'arc-en-ciel sous la pierre at the open-air Théâtre de Verdure on 18 June… On 8 October and 2 December, with the ENS graduate training school, Veduta is staging a colloquium with a promising title (“The Future of the Everyday”), to be held in Sarkis's artwork at MACLyon. At a later date, in the same venue, Veduta will ask whether it is still possible to be foreign? Every week from September to December, a couple will spend a night at the Biennale; Veduta's after-sales service will run a hotline every Wednesday afternoon to answer all the questions you never dared ask about contemporary art. In October, Veduta will install an exhibition at the swimming baths in Décines, while Xu Zhen's vehicle and the reconstruction of the car of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine – recently the subject of a biopic – will be on show at the Charlie Chaplin Centre in Vaulx-en-Velin …
Veduta is choosing to take “The Spectacle of the Everyday” literally and apply it to five themes: making, eating, inhabiting, talking and thinking – ordinary activities shared by all. But the idea here is, of course, to Make, Eat and Inhabit Art, and to Talk and Think About Art.

Works by Pedro Cabrita Reis, Eko Nugroho, Rigo 23, Bani Abidi, Adel Abdessemed, George Brecht, Thierry Fontaine, Shilpa Gupta, Jimmie Durham, Oliver Herring, Takahiro Iwasaki, Leopold Kessler, Mark Lewis, Lin Yilin, Liu Qingyuan x YAH Lab, Barry McGee, Eko Nugroho, Dan Perjovshki, Tsang Kinwah, Sarah Sze, Fikret Atay, Latifa Echakhch, Ha Za Vu Zu, HeHe, Ian Kiaer, Michael Lin, Liu Qingyuan, Robert Milin, Adrian Paci, Pedro Reyes, Société Réaliste, UN NOUS, Dora Garcia, Bani Abidi, Maria Thereza Alves, Carlos Motta, Wangechi Mutu, Tsang Kinwah, Agnès Varda, Eulalia Valldosera, Yang Jiechang, Yangjiang Group, Xijing Men...

See also the first volume of the 10th Lyon Biennale catalogue, and the catalogues of the 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th (volumes 1 and 2), 9th, and 7th editions.