Sergio Verastegui
Sergio Verastegui

Espanto del futuro, 2012, mixed media, 83,6 x 47,4 inches

Sergio Verastegui
Sergio Verastegui

Espanto del futuro, 2012, mixed media, 83,6 x 47,4 inches

Pierre Derrien and Jonathan Burnside
Pierre Derrien and Jonathan Burnside

2012, mural painting, drywall construction, oil coating, acrylic paint, pigments, variable dimensions © Ana Tamayo

Pierre Derrien and Bob Johnston
Pierre Derrien and Bob Johnston

Outdoor installation at 23 Rue des Envierges 75020 in Paris, 2012, acrylic paint, enamel paint, plastic sheeting, 34,6 x 61 inches

Pierre Derrien and Bob Johnston
Pierre Derrien and Bob Johnston

Outdoor installation at 23 Rue des Envierges 75020 in Paris, 2012, acrylic paint, enamel paint, plastic sheeting, 34,6 x 61 inches

Pierre Derrien and Bob Johnston
Pierre Derrien and Bob Johnston

Installation detail

Alessandro Di Pietro
Alessandro Di Pietro

Scultura in stasi (I-7, I-8, I-9, I-10, I-11, I-12), 2012, engraving on plexiglass, foam, cardboard, 19,7 x 32,3 x 16,5 inches

Ji-Youn Lee
Ji-Youn Lee

Cadeau n°32, 2012, cloth scraps, variable dimensions

Ji-Youn Lee
Ji-Youn Lee

Cadeau n°104 (outdoor intervention), 2012, cloth scraps, residues © Ji-Youn Lee

Ji-Youn Lee
Ji-Youn Lee

Cadeau n°2, (outdoor intervention), 2012, cloth scraps, residues © Ji-Youn Lee

Ji-Youn Lee
Ji-Youn Lee

Cadeau n°10, (outdoor intervention), 2012, cloth scraps, residues, Courtesy of the artist © Ji-Youn Lee

Alessandro Di Pietro
Alessandro Di Pietro

Prelievi I-8 (displayed at 20 rue Jouye-Rouve 75020 in Paris), série Prelievi, 2012, poster, 11,7 x 16,5 inches

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Pierre Derrien, Alessandro Di Pietro,

Ji-Youn Lee, Sergio Verastegui

ENGRAMMES

Group show

Curated by Simone Frangi

14/09/2012 -27/10/2012

In neurophysiology an engram refers to a biological memory trace in the brain. Working on the assumption that bodies, things, and places might, similar to the brain, have a memory that materializes in a discreet, interstitial, and non-linguistic manner, the exhibition Engrams challenges the question of a biography of organic and inorganic matter by trying to articulate it plastically.

Using a principle of production that's based on the reworking of recovered items, the project aims at taking into account the flow of material memory and the fast development of its role of testimony. Engrams reconstructs – in a fragmentary and non-anecdotic way – the life of certain places by activating the narrative potential of its “discarded materials”. It questions the authority of physical matter and its biographical overload: the objects manipulated by the artists are impregnated with traces of memory which can't be ignored as they wait to be reanimated.

In setting up a dynamic system of transfer and osmosis between the interior of the gallery and the exterior of the urban environment, Engrams calls up a series of questions centred on the impossibility of a neutral and impassive artistic practice. The exhibition approaches the question of traces in different ways: sedimentation, ephemera, fragments.

In a sense Engrams is meant to be a “recording” strategy, a temporal, non idealized and physical medium to challenge the prevalent logic by discretely filtrating into the city's social environment through the analysis of the items it has chosen to abandon.

Simone Frangi 

[translated by FRANK'S]

 

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