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Texts by Éric Crubézy, Rozenn Colleter, Paul-Anthelme Adèle, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, Valérie Knochel-Abecassis, Marc Johnson.
Published with La Maréchalerie.
published in January 2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
17 x 24,5 cm (softcover)
144 pages (color ill.)
global reflection on the future of mankind, this artist's book by Marc Johnson investigages the links between art, archeology
, and genetics. The volume features three essays by specialists, an interview, a selection of archaeological excavation photographs, and an iconographic document on the site-specific installation Fecund Lacuna
at La Maréchalerie in Versailles.
“Marc Johnson, artist, architect and filmmaker is like the philosopher and the epistemologist, a researcher in constant search for knowledge and understanding of the world. Conceived as an art book, this publication demonstrates the working methods and the ambition of questioning what is fundamentally at stake in the world of today, and in the development and the future of humanity. More than a year of research dedicated to archeaology, during which the artist explored this discipline with the support of the Inrap. A science that, by crossing his research with the expertise of the most advanced disciplines, in particular genetics, sheds light on human history, questioning today and anticipating the future. This is precisely what the specialists, invited by Marc Johnson, highlight throughout their own experiences in this book. The anthropologists Rozenn Colleter—in collaboration with Paul-Anthelme Adèle, jurist—and Éric Crubézy, illustrate today's impact on the analyses of relics of the past. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, philosopher, reflects on the evolution of humankind. Having analysed the posthumanist and transhumanist movements, he argues for a “metahumanity”. By presenting these texts alongside a selection of archaeological excavation photographs, sampled from the iconographic collection of the Inrap and images from the site-specific installation, Marc Johnson performs an original layout elaborated in sequences, visually acquainted with a research project. He tells a story which can only concern us, the story of humanity. Making sense as he questions us about our final outcome.”
Published following the eponymous exhibition,
La Maréchalerie – centre d'art contemporain, Versailles, from April 15 to July 3, 2016.
This book is the winning publication of the 2017 Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
Marc Johnson (born 1986 in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, lives and works in Paris) is a Franco-Beninese visual artist, filmmaker and license architect. He is the author of YúYú short-film with which he won the Best Short Film award at the International Film Festival, Las Palmas de Grand Canaria, Spain in 2016. Winner of the LVMH Young Artist award competition in 2009, he presented his works at Sundance, USA in 2016 at the Moscow Biennale for young art, Russia in 2016, at Arc en rêve architecture center, France in 2016, at Berlinale Shorts in 2015 and at Jeu de Paume, art center in Paris in 2014. He studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-Malaquais at the Hunter College of Art, MFA program in New York and at the academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China.