On the short waves of our radios, voices read out uninterrupted series of numbers. 2… 11… 58… 35… 23… Whether they are encrypted instructions intended for sleeping agents, messages exchanged between traffickers, or simple telephone settings, the “Spy Numbers Stations” have been broadcasting for several decades without their precise function becoming known.
In the wake of Gakona
, the previous exhibit inspired by the work of Nikola Tesla, Spy Numbers
continues the exploration of the electromagnetic spectrum and its margins in this second session of 2009. Beyond the visible and closer still to the infra-thin and the spectral, the Palais de Tokyo experiments with forms of art that elude any wistful desire for fixed interpretations.
and this issue of the magazinePalais /
bring together a variety of artists whose interests include mathematical encoding, the production of aurora borealis, archiving contact lenses, seismic sensors, the disappearance of hanged men, and mountain summits. An issue around the artists of the Spy Numbers
show, with Dove Allouche & Évariste Richer, Pascal Broccolichi
, Luca Francesconi, Ken Gonzales-Day, Norma Jeane
, Arthur Mole & John Thomas, Matt O'dell, Felix Schramm, Jim Shaw
, Tony Smith, Stéphane Vigny.
Published twice a year, Palais
magazine offers an in-depth perspective on the exhibitions and program of the Palais de Tokyo
allows people to see contemporary art in a topical way, as often as possible from the point of view of the artists themselves. Each issue of the magazine includes dossiers, interviews, essays, special projects and inserts, all contributed by artists, art critics, historians or theorists, making Palais
magazine an essential tool for apprehending contemporary art.