Michaël Sellam – Science, fiction, culture, capital. Various Authors. BlackJack Éditions

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue on May 13th, 2022
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The first monograph dedicated to the work of Michaël Sellam, which is at the crossroads of sculpture, photography, video and music. Here, it brings together, among other things, fruits, flowers, parallel universes, smoke, microscopic hieroglyphs, an Italian grandmother, traces of lipstick, masters of darkness, some robots, aliens, the making of Egyptian ropes, the inhalation of parasitic odors from the solar system, the intensive programming of an extremely slow machine and the 180° head turn.

«Notre civilisation se développe dans une logique de la contingence, de la possibilité pour chaque chose d’être tout autre. Comment la notion de matière s’est ouverte à une économie et à une pensée de la forme à un moment où tout devient programmable? Expérimenter à travers l’art les relations de tensions entre science, fiction, culture et capital développe, de fait, un certain artifice. Il est peut-être nécessaire de produire une nouvelle esthétique qui ne soit ni représentative, ni abstraite, ni conditionnelle, mais constitutive d’une époque où, plus qu’à toute autre, nous construisons un monde qui inclut comme possible notre disparition et ou coexistent les formes chaotiques et ordonnées de la circulation: des idées, des formes, des atomes, des énergies, des gènes, de l’information.»
–Michaël Sellam

Texts by Gérard Berréby, Benoît Durandin, Christian Gaussen, Lætitia Paviani; interview with Timothée Chaillou. Published on the occasion of Michaël Sellam’s exhibition at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier Agglomération, from January to February 2014.

The work of Michaël Sellam (born in 1975 in Paris) multiplies the references to the world of popular leisure with a particular interest in amateur practices and forms of sub and counter-culture. Belonging to a generation that has integrated the use of computers and new technologies, he relies on these technical instruments and questions, through a complex and varied approach, forms that unfold from installation to video, from sculpture to performance.

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Sandra Peters BOOK LAUNCH The Book as an Exhibition Space @ Motto Berlin. 27.07.2018

Posted in events on July 18th, 2018
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PER/TRANS Performing the Cube, Transforming the Cube Works by Sandra Peters. 1998–2017

EDITORS Sandra Peters, Abu Dhabi / Berlin
ESSAYS Michael Ned Holte, Fiona McGovern, Sandra Peters, Gregor Stemmrich
DESIGN Cyan, Berlin
DETAILS English, Hardcover, 30,7 x 24,6 cm, 208 pages, numerous color illustrations 
PUBLISHER Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna

The Book as an Exhibition Space 

Sandra Peters presents her recently released book PER/TRANS. Performing the Cube, Transforming the Cube: Works by Sandra Peters 1998–2007. This extensive monograph presents more than 20 complex work ensembles. For some pieces, which have not to date been presented to a larger public, this publication represents a premiere. This publication is the product of a so to speak artistic-curatorial process that has lasted a number of years. Its inception goes back to the year 2016, when the artist rented a 700 m² hall in Berlin, which she converted into a temporary display space. Working together with a technical team she had assembled personally, Peters then began to configure her installations in the space. In close collaboration with the photographer Jens Ziehe, the resulting arrangement was documented in high visual quality. This new publication, with its retrospective orientation, contains many of these work series, photographed in situ, along with additional materials, also previously unpublished. Sandra Peters will speak about the contents of her oeuvre, along with the genesis and production of the monograph.This book presentation becomes an occasion to discuss questions concerning the relationship between exhibition and book formats, and to speak in new way about private and public, about publicity and modes of presentation in relation to specific and general viewpoints.

Artist talk & Book launch

The book will be presented on Friday 27.07.2018, with a talk at 8PM:

Sandra Peters in conversation with Fiona McGovern and Eva Meyer-Hermann (In English)