/ Theodore J. Kaczynski / Ola Pehrson /
Ronald Creagh /
François Specq / Dieter Roth
/ Paul Lafolley / exhibition guide and a selection of books, music, movies, games and events around Chasing Napoleon
1977. Theodore Kaczynski—who doesn't yet answer to the name Unabomber—lives alone in a small cabin in Montana in anticipation of the “collapse of the technological system.” Paul Laffoley finishes The Renovatio Mundi in the confines of a fifteen square meter atelier, and Dieter Roth
works on a long-term project: a photographic inventory of all the streets and houses in Reykjavík (33,000 slides). That same year, the Community Reinvestment Act is passed, an attempt to regulate subprime loans.
A wavering of interpretations, an inversion of values, and a paradox of situations… Chasing Napoleon
recognizes how a rise and fall can spread to reality itself. On the heels of Gakona
and Spy Numbers
, the electromagnetic specter and the infra-mince, Chasing Napoleon
and this issue ofPalais /
bring together eighteen artists whose works also read as instruction manuals on how to withdraw into seclusion and take refuge in the limits of the visible.
An issue around the Chasing Napoleon
group show with: a satyrical fable written in prison by Theodore J. Kaczynski, an essay by the sociologist and historian of the anarchist movement, Ronald Creagh, on American utopias and the new libertarian intellectuals, an interview with François Specq, a specialist on Henry David Thoreau about the Journal of the American poet and philosopher, a text by American artist Paul Lafolley, portfolios (Ola Pehrson, Dieter Roth
& Paul Lafolley), as well as an exhibition guide.
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.