Video program curated by Charlotte Léouzon and Audrey Billard for _COOP 21- Mac Créteil, December-January 2015.
An artistic vision on climate change through a selection of astonishing short films, art videos and music videos from all over the world.
Video program curated by Charlotte Léouzon for Micro Macro Exhibition @ EXIT- Mac Créteil, March 27-April 12 2014. Commissioned by Charles Carcopino
From the Great All to the Small Whole, from cosmic dimensions to tiny lives, the idea is to try to create a video’s travel in which the whole would be greater than the sum of the parts.
A video collage able to instillate the deliciously ontological thrill of our human condition, both vulgar and sublime, eternally flanked between the Infinitely Large and a The Extemely Small, unfathomable and ridiculously trivial.
Pataphysique of the Nothing and the Whole is an eclectic and forager film’s compilation, deep and amused, attempting, like Orpheus, to build a “golden thread” between things ; trying to match miniature pieces and masterworks, visiting fluorescent digital geospheres and interstitial cyberspace, attending domestic micro performances, testing the upward gravity bureaucracy or petting a German Shepherd with the hand of God. CL
Video Collage curated by Charlotte Léouzon for Berges de Seine opening in Paris, june 21st 2013, commissioned by Artevia and Lille 3000/ Didier Fusillier.
A selection of art videos, music videos and short films packing the heart and mind. Thirty minutes of creative invention by eleven international artists for a focused energy screened on the Seine, just down the Orsay Museum.
Video program curated by Charlotte Léouzon for Nature Artificielle Exhibition @ EXIT- Mac Créteil, April 4-14 2013. Commissioned by Charles Carcopino
We’re not on National Geographic. We’re not on Thalassa. We are in a quantic visual space where demiurges are informatic compost nerds, eco-warriors of Sea Punk, gardeners of the virtual reality. Through a serie of short movies, artists videos, clips and other unidentified filmic objects, here is a program challenging occasionally modified states of conscience.
To see what the eye can’t, to feel the infinitely large, flirt the infinitely small, to rub 8bits chimeras or even foil the euclideans time and space. It’s said the 21st Century entered in its quantic phase. With Google, satellitar pictures and social networks, we’re achieving absolute ubiquity: we’re able to travel simultaneously through several plans together.
Is this artificial nature, product of our imagination, the expression of our true nature? Is the universe, as some believe, a wide hologram? And finally, are you truely the one you think to be, where you think to be ?
Exceptional exhibition at La Gaîté Lyrique in April-May 2011. Eight rooms of Digital Arts, commissioned by Jérome Delormas & guest curator Charlotte Léouzon.
Super/Computer/Romantics, Matt Pke’s first major solo project, shares his obsessions for life’s infinite movement by encapsulating a « digital’s breathe » in each of the 8 installations of the exhibition. Super/Computer/Romantics proposes a perpetually changing experience, from a walking monster endlessly transforming itself to a huge projection of a never-ending procession of bodies, struggling against a hurricane of sound.
Pyke & his guest friends have created conceptual but lush pieces, offering meditative, colorful, abstract experiences while intellectually stimulating. Each artwork can be considered as a supercomputing beauty seeking emotional and sensual sensations, and inviting viewers to peek into the birth of materials at a molecular level.
Remixing primitivism, minimalism, pop culture and 19th century landscape painting with aestheticism, romanticism, optimism, science, love and infinity, Super/Computer/Romantics offers an incredibly modern and poetic theatricality.
Video program curated by Charlotte Léouzon for Lowtech Exhibition – EXIT MAC CRETEIL, March 8-18 2012. Commissioned by Charles Carcopino
When the daily exaggerates itself in augmented reality, when Botox makes 3D movies, when we invent virtual reality for ourserlves on facebook, the great law of alternance let happen a phenomenon of resistance. The protheses explode and the masks fall down. This is the comeback of the truth, the honesty, the fragile and the simplicity. There was slow-food, there is slow-tech now.
Paper makes crash 3D, Disguise mocks character design. We claim the idiocy and the futility, the «not much» and the «barely nothing». Special FX seems like magician’s bluff and installations like imperfect machinery – when they don’t call directly nature. We assist to a surge of fluids, wood and trivial objects. Performance replaces blue screen, plasticine scoffs at graphics tablet, Gyro Gearloose dethrone the 3D animator. Days don’t want anymore interfaces, this is the return of direct action. Anthology.
Johan Grimonprez, Galerie Kamel Mennour 2007
Proposal by Charlotte Léouzon
J’ai oublié mon parapluie invites us to better understand the Belgian artist’s metaphorical vocabulary and his narrative paths. This furtive installation should be considered a thought in progress. It consists of a “mise en abime” of original drawings laid out on the pages of the artist’s own book, Looking for Alfred.
Using video, audition photographs, literary quotations and articles based on facts, J’ai oublié mon parapluie mixes both original and copy, truth and fake. The work can be seen as a never-ending rebus, a project faced with its own commentary, like the infinite reflections of two mirrors showing the duplicate of a duplicate of a duplicate…
Curated by Charlotte Léouzon for the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, 2007
The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature invited Charlotte Léouzon to curate two video programs on Man and Nature. Through a mix of art videos, music videos, short films, adverts, interviews and amateur films, these two programs quirkily ask key questions. What separates Man from Animal, and what connects them together ? How do we behave with animals and with the beast inside us ?
Pure behavioural observation or anthropomorphism, human-animal or loss of instinct, pantheism or divorce from nature, pet culture or veneration, the juxtaposition of these films brings to light the extraordinary palette of representations of the animal’s nature and its connection to the Man.
Talents, The Art video collection, 2007
Curated by Charlotte Léouzon, commissioned by Joanna Chevalier
Connections is an eclectic journey from Brazil to California stopping through Europe and Asia: a world of emotions. A tear joker Irish short film, a sensational sexy film from London, a narcissist Dutch UFO, a sexy Brazilian experimentation, a baroque hallucinated opera from Australia, a humoristic Taiwanese sketch, a San Francisco wild shamanic experience, an aquatic beat from Tokyo…
A YouTube-o-theque curated by Johan Grimonprez and Charlotte Léouzon, since 2006
“Manipulators, maybe the sky is really green and we’re just colorblind”, is a TV genre in which the program is set up by the curators. With Podcasts, online TV, mobile phones, blogs and YouTube, the digital age allows an infinite number of images and sounds to travel the world in no time.
It is the era of home made productions, which expresses the chaotic nature of the human condition today as well as the cynicism of power. This video compilation in the form of a YouTube-o-Theque, which can be understood both as the joyful affirmation of a superb global disengagement and the catalyst of effervescent criticism, is best described as a platform for temporary disobedience.
Guy Peellaert, Galerie Valérie Cueto, 2003
Curated by Charlotte Léouzon
Painter, illustrator, Guy Peellaert got himself noticed in 1966 with ’Les aventures de Jodelle’a comic strip character based on ‘60s icon, Sylvie Vartan.’Pravda la surviveuse’ followed, based on singer Françoise Hardy. This Belgian image maker, marked by cinema and music, author of posters for the films of Bresson, Scorcese and Coppola, record sleeves for the Rolling Stone (It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll) and David Bowie (Diamond Dogs) is one of the artistic witnesses of the 70′s and 80′s. Inescapable pop art player, Guy Peellaert wanted to direct but his projects failed. Rather than filming his dreams, he paints them.
In 1973, he met the critic Nik Cohn. The pair built ‘Rock Dreams’ a cutting edge collection: 125 images that make up a crazy view of a crazy period. All the icons, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Frankie Avalon and Lou Reed figure in this collection, this secret diary, begun 3 years earlier.
Portrait photos of stars, tableaux, photomontages (he doesn’t hesitate to resurrect and gather the departed around a dinner table) his works are all homages.
Sanctification or wild vision, the title is a mirror to the spirit of rock, with its orgies, its transvestite heroes. Photographic precision, decadence and a resounding success (more than 1 million copies sold). More than any one of his works, it is the setting of the scene at the end of an epoque.
The painter nourished by cinema, images, exploits reverse angle, the play of light, and films, this unreasoning time. On the occasion of the re-issue of ‘Rock D’ by Taschen, Guy Peellaert invested in the Galery Cueto.