Peeping Tom’s Digest
– Paris (Le Grand and beyond)
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published in June 2016
bilingual edition (English / French)
17 x 24 cm (softcover)
324 pages (ill.), inserted poster 68 x 96 cm
Peeping Tom's Digest is an experimental, empirical and subjective publication dedicated to contemporary artistic practices. This issue, dedicated to Paris, teases out an offbeat and distanced portrait of the Parisian and French scene
, through contributions from 70 participants, the restitution of work groups (dinners, performances, round table) and a residence at CNEAI
(Paris suburban art center).
This fourth issue of Peeping Tom's Digest is unusual in taking as a starting point the city of Paris, where the members of Peeping Tom reside. To conserve a necessary distance in regards to a scene they were already familiar with, the collective privileged initiatives and actors for whom a certain detachment (geographic, temporal, emotional, economic, ideological, etc.) was chosen or imposed: foreigners living in Paris or in residency, French people based abroad, nomads and dromomaniacs passing through, initiatives situated in Parisian suburbs or elsewhere in France, the student milieu, actors who have left the artistic scene or whose financial independence placed them outside of the art world, the points of view of other professions, isolated, transversal or unclassifiable practices, etc. The contributions as a whole question notions of territoriality, affiliations, and isolation, and draw a portrait, one largely made in counter-relief, of the “Parisian art scene.”
The collective's residency at the CNEAI (Centre National Edition Art Image in Chatou, a Parisian suburb) between 2014 and 2015, allowed the establishment of five work groups, organized around events, both private and public, which nourished the editorial concept: dinners, performances, round tables, etc.
This bilingual issue brings together more than 70 participants in about forty texts and artistic contributions in both French and English. It is accompanied by a poster showing the genealogy and common thread of its elaboration as well as a supplement entitled RURAL, Special Limousin. An online extension presents unseen contributions.
Contributions by 4taxis (Michel Aphesbero and Danielle Colomine), A constructed World (Geoff Lowe and Jacqueline Riva), Adel Ghezal, Angélique Buisson, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Axelle Bonnard, Barbara Manzetti, Barbara Soyer (The Drawer
), Béatrice Gross, Charles de Meaux
(Anna Sanders Films
), Christine Rebet, Cyrille Weiner, Dimitri Mallet, Ekaterina Shcherbakova, Eleanor Ivory Weber, Emilie Renard (La Galerie Noisy-le-sec), Estelle Hanania
, Esther Lowe, Eva Barto, exo exo (Elisa Rigoulet and Antoine Donzeaud), Fabien Vallos, Fabrice Reymond, Fenêtreproject (Dustin Cauchi and Francesca Mangion), Florence Bonnefous (Air de Paris), Florence Parot (Centre Pompidou), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Gisèle Vienne
, Gaël Gittard, Hélène Deléan, Hendrick Hegray
, Jade Boyeldieu d'Auvigny, Jean-Luc Verna
, Jesse Sykes, Joseph Marzolla, Julie-Anne Côté, Julie Higonnet, Kathy Alliou (Beaux-Arts de Paris), Lara Sarcevic, Laurent Niget, Lidwine Prolonge
, Lucio Girondo, Lucy Watts, Lorraine Châteaux, Marc Nicolas (La Femis), Marcelline Delbecq, Mathilde Villeneuve (Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers), Maxime Bichon, Mohamed Bourouissa
, Natsuko Uchino, Nicolas Boone, Nicolas Knight, Olivier Cadiot
, Patric Chiha, Patrice Blouin, Patrice Joly (la Biennale de Belleville, Zérodeux, Zoo galerie), Patricia Brignone, Quentin Euverte, Sarina Basta (Fondation Gulbenkian), Samon Takahashi, Sébastien Pluot, Shanaynay, Sophie Cavoulacos (Moma, NY), Sophie Lamm, Stephen O'Malley
, Sylvie Boulanger (Cneai
), Thomas Fort, Treize (Fanny Schulmann, Olga Rozenblum, Lætitia Paviani, Pascaline Morincôme, Mathis Collins and Gallien Déjean), Valérie Pihet (SPEAP - Sciences Po, Dingdingdong
), Yann Sérandour
Peeping Tom's Digest
is an experimental and subjective publication dedicated to contemporary art. Each issue focuses on trends and movements of a particular geographic area and highlights the artists and initiatives represented within it. The point of departure for each edition is a residency of the Peeping Tom collective lasting several months in the chosen city, region or country. Deliberately empirical, without critical, theoretical or historical pretensions, its approach allows them to veer off the beaten path. Not only sharing the work, the artists, and the artistic and cultural efforts they encountered, each volume also aims to reveal the specificity of a depicted art scene: the curatorial process and the structure of the magazine (graphic design, format, number of pages and so on) varies from issue to issue reflecting the characteristics and stakes of each locale. The genealogy of the experiment and its numerous protagonists are showcased in the publication as an inserted poster.
Peeping Tom is also a publishing structure for monographs and artists' books (see the publishers