Staying with the trouble in painting
2020/2021 with Espace Mourlot - A collective work in-situ at Building Canebière 73-75, Marseille 13001
'Staying with the trouble requires oddkin; that
is, we require each other in unexpected collaborations and
combinations, in hot compost piles.'
- Donna Haraway (2016)
Haraway's ideas talk a lot about dealing with the thick present and forming relationships across species, that is human and non-human. There is a pressing need for speed, as a HOT compost pile is all the more efficient in decomposition, with what would normally take a year, can decompose within 3 months.
Participants of 'Staying with the trouble in painting / Building Canebière' are imagining this kind of making-with in Painting, that is making-kin, making hot compost piles, albeit across a narrow social group, those defined as painters or artists. However the potentiality to cross social fields is nurtured and implicit in the location of the project, the protected passage in Building Canebière, currently open to the public.
SWTTIP/ Building Canebière was imagined collectively.
There are infact several piles of compost relating to the kin-making
of Guillaume Durrieu, Alice Griveau, Nadia Lichtig, Katharina Schmidt
and Hazel Ann Watling, who became later with Arnuad Arini, and guest
Olivier Vadrot. After an initial invitation from Katharina Schmidt to
work together; all of us, as either kin-
up to a further ten artists to participate. This act of going towards
the other is a type of 'becoming-with' not 'self-making'. Within this
pile there are a mesh of multiple kin-makings that overlap and
superimpose, family trees made out of choice not blood, which once
unrelated become with each other a rich decomposition of imagery - or
less metaphorically, an uncomposed superposition of imagery. Future
fertiliser for actions, ideas and behaviours of everyone touched. The
collective working also includes Hyunah Jung and Frédéric Morin.
Staying with the trouble in painting / Building Canebière is a performative installation which is acted out on a 3 meter high and 20 meter long wall, in Passage Canebière - 73-75 la Canebière, 13001 Marseille - from the 25th of August to the 30th January 2021. Around sixty artists from various generations and nationalities have been invited to propose a black and white poster linked to their practice. Posters appear on the wall in the order of their reception, in the position determined by each artist's chosen coordinates. As time passes, the posters superimpose or cover one another completely, their blending is the collective work. Forms appear, meet and disappear randomly, questioning in an experimental way the concept of 'author' and the sustainablity of an artwork.
Artists : Julien Alins, Sharon Alfassi, Georges Autard, Karina Bisch, Auto Bodies (Ursula Doebereiner, Alice Griveau, Ak Knol, Katharina Schmidt), Rada Boukova (+ Colombe Marcasiano + France Valliccioni), Christain Bouyjou, Emanuelle Castellan (+ Claudia Kugler) , Alex Chevalier, Hyungsub Choi, Jagna Cuichta, Cordula Ditz, Antje Dorn, Kerstin Drechsel, Guillaume Durrieu, Camila Oliveira Fairclough, Friederike Feldmann, Thomas Fougeirol, Maïlys Girodon, Basile Ghosn, Olivier Gourvil, Thierry Grégoire, Florent Groc, Heike Klussmann, Konsortium (Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag, Guido Münch), Charlie Jeffrey, Jasmine Justice, Hyunah Jung, Ludovic Lacreuse, Mohammed Laouli, Nathalie Leroy-Fiévée, Sarah Le Treut, Nadia Lichtig, Elvire Ménétrier, Jugoslav Mitevski, Nicolas Nicolini, Hannibal Neir, Bruno Peinado, Hugo Pernet, Nicolas Perez, Nicolas Ramel, Melody Raulin, Baptiste Roca, Veronique Rizzo, Jean-Baptiste Sauvage, Fabrizio Scarpignato, Emmanuel Simon (+ genre 2030), Yoan Sorin, Stadt im Regal, Julien Tardieu, Olivier Vadrot, Isabelle Vaillat, Louise Vanhelst, Charlie Verot, Valérie Vernet, Hazel Ann Watling, Alex Wagner, Elsa Werth, Yassemeqk Kollektiv.
Follow the whole project on instagram using #swttip
Videos by Katharina Schmdt, and Hazel Ann Watling
flyer design : Alice Griveau
Photos by Arnaud Arini; Nadia Lichtig, Katharina Schmidt and Hazel Ann Watling