Artist Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil
(born 1968) is an artist of
vigilance. Since the mid-1990s
he has been working to reveal
the invisible structures informing
our relation to a real that is
always already mediatised.
He tirelessly probes the production of the image, considered in its political space. Visibility/invisibility, luminosity/darkness, memory/ forgetting, what we know/ what we think we know, evoking without showing, saying without relating – these are some of the markers for grasping these works which give formal expression to the codes that organise the flux of images. Whereas the works of the 1990s reached towards a kind of practical and paranoiac guide to the world (how to demonstrate in public space while avoiding the eyes of cameras, how to camouflage oneself at home, etc.) and very explicitly deconstructed the society of hyper-control, today Auguste-Dormeuil is continuing his probing in a more poetic and metaphorical vein, with greater distance and purview.
The exhibition ‘INCLUDE ME OUT,’ the artist’s first solo show in a French museum, is built around a simple but nevertheless essential question: does Time traverse us, or do we traverse Time? If Time can be calculated, it is by essence unwatchable. How can we translate this experience of the elasticity of Time?
The exhibition, which is being continued at the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard in December, unfolds like an initiatory sequence bringing together recent productions and key works. From the entrance inwards, When the paper… (2013) invites visitors to abandon their certainties and enter a zone of doubt: the territory of art. From darkness to light, back and forth, it will be a matter of blindness.
What do we see? How do we see? How should we show what cannot be represented? The works are distributed along this territory of suspense like so many tools of analysis. They are visual supports for analysing and questioning our relation to the real. Paradoxically, the images made by Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil are images of the absence of images, frozen images. Grounded in historical facts, in urban legends, the works are triggers and springboards for narratives.
Questioned about the paradoxically worded title ‘INCLUDE ME OUT,’ Auguste- Dormeuil explains as follows: ‘in Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard, when the producer invites Fritz Lang to come and have a drink, he laconically replies “Include me out.” With insolent elegance, Godard recaptures all the paradoxical complexity of Lang’s position. Beyond that, this “include me out” is for me a strong way of expressing a simple idea that we all experience: it is not because I live in a society that I subscribe to its ideas, and it is not because I watch television that I subscribe to it, and so on for so many other things.’
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