First extensive publication devoted to the French artists duo.
Published on the occasion of the artists' exhibition at the musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, from October 2013 to March 2014.
Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin came together in 1991 to form Art Orienté Objet. In a collaboration that resembles that between a playwright and a stage director who are in constant dialogue (we can see them as artist and “artistic-output-director”), they are fascinated by the sciences of life in general and of behavior in particular--from ethology to trans-cultural psychiatry.
Since more than fifteen years, they have put forth several poetic and surprising projects that have resulted from their experimentations and that reveal our behaviors as we face existence and the environment. Their works take on various aesthetic forms (installations, objects, videos, and/or photographs) in which we find a familiar animal presence and a staging of their own existence.