Nov 22 - Nov 30 2014

The Tools

Exhibition : From 22nd to 30th November 2014 
Opening : Saturday 22nd November 2014 – 7-11pm with a concert from Arnaud Rivière at 9pm
Finissage : Sunday 30th November 2014 – 5pm Organisation & Display : Julien Villaret

With Astali/Peirce, Manon Bellet, Jean-Baptiste Bouvet, Bettina Bruder, Anna Chkolnikova, Guillaume Constantin, Robert Demol, Agathe Fleury, Satch Hoyt, Hervé Humbert, Camille Laurelli, Maximage, Pierre-Etienne Morelle, Benjamin Lee Martin, Bertrand Planes, Arnaud Rivière, Macarena Ruiz-Tagle, Daniel Seiple, Jaro Straub, Reijiro Wada

In the fall of 2013, the exhibition Ideal Reading transformed tête into a temporary library with books belonging to illustrators, designers and artists, and offered a free copying service to distribute these materials to the audience. The exhibition The Tools continues to explore the mechanisms of artistic production with a presentation of objects and devices created specially by artists to make their own work.

These tools, which include machines, instruments, accessories, materials and technical processes are quintessential in the development of the artworks, but are generally documented aside from actual exhibitions, if at all. Rather they appear in workshops, as sketches in notebooks or sometimes only in the minds of the artists who created them.

By focusing on the artistic means rather than the artistic results, The Tools constructs a portrait of creative activity in which inventiveness, know-how and cunning are entailed in the words of philosopher Michel de Certeau : « a way of thinking invested in a way of acting, an art of combination which cannot be dissociated from an art of using »*.

* Michel de Certeau, « The practice of everyday life »

The Tools invites Arnaud Riviere, an experimental sound-maker and musician of chance, to perform during the opening on Saturday, November 22nd.

A limited edition book will also be produced over the course of the exhibition with photos from Ludovic Jecker and silk-screen prints by Goofypress.
The book will be presented at a closing party on Sunday, November 30th.