First monograph: an annotated chronology of Laurent Faulon's residencies, exhibitions and public commissions, with an essay by Pascal Beausse.
Known for performances criticising the subjection of the body to various
kinds of disciplines (power techniques that make the individuals all the
more obedient as it is useful and vice versa), for his analysis of the consumer
economy (including devices aimed at drawing the attention of subjects
towards goods) and for his desiring machines that turn the logic of this
economy upside-down (objects or mechanisms are activated and imitate
our behaviour and fantasies, calling into question the dividing line between
pure and impure). Laurent Faulon is not an artist with a standard career
pattern. His work cannot be summarised by a list of exhibitions in venues
that would give him legitimacy—with the artist in return giving legitimacy
to the venues that welcome or invite him.
This is what is shown in this book, consisting of an annotated chronology
of Laurent Faulon's residencies, exhibitions and public commissions.
One of the features of the inventory is that it shows activity that goes
beyond the framework of the institution. This is why he operates in interstitial
spaces—often with other artists to break with any competitive
approach. He considers that art is not a luxury accessory offered to a convinced
public but rather what is constructed when it is produced, during
the taking over of a venue, meetings with the inhabitants and sometimes
work with them. Thus it has happened that Laurent Faulon has continuously
replaced the works shown in the same venue—in opposition with
the idea that an exhibition is a ‘finished product.'
All these options affect the topography and the setting in time of certain
projects begun in low-rent housing, construction sites, a community
apartment, etc., sometimes in places such as Russia, Armenia, Macau or
Japan. In contexts that have nothing to do with museums, art centres or
galleries—considered as showcases, comfortable places in which an artist
should be seen. The places that Laurent Faulon uses are charged with
political, social and economic meaning. They form a different environment
each time, where strong gestures are used to reveal what he calls ‘occupations'
(art as a question and not as an answer given in a pre-conditioned
framework), the conception of which is opposed to the sports challenge
type approach that often summarises so-called in situ art.
Born 1969 in Nevers (France), Laurent Faulon lives and works, with Delphine Reist, in Geneva.