Solo exhibition at Le Magasin CNAC, from 17 November 2023 to 26 May 2024
Le Magasin CNAC will be highlighting Julien Creuzet's career from an original angle, emphasising the constant presence of the video medium throughout his practice, while revealing the multiple dialogues and resonances that make up his artistic universe: sound, voice, music, movement and the body. A substantial portion of the artist's video work is brought together for the first time, exhibited alongside work by Phoebe Collings James, Christina Kimeze, Manuel Mathieu, Bruno Peinado and Chloé Quenum.
Oh téléphone, oracle noir (...) was born of a desire to broaden the conversation around Julien Creuzet and to emphasise the importance of relationships and dialogue in his work. The exhibition, whose title is taken from that of a 2015 video work by the artist, is the fruit of exchanges between Céline Kopp, director of Le Magasin CNAC, and Cindy Sissokho, curator at the Wellcome Collection in London, as part of their collaboration with Julien Creuzet as co-curators of his project for the French Pavilion.
At the start of the exhibition in the Galerie Expérimentale at Le Magasin CNAC there will also be a group show highlighting the work of three artists (Thomas Besset, Sofia Bonilla Otoya and Nina Jayasuriya) who recently graduated from Julien Creuzet's Atelier at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, curated by Alexia Pierre, a curator and art critic based in Grenoble, where she is also assistant curator at Le Magasin CNAC. Affiliated exhibition: Ailleurs est ce rêve proche, murmures d'eaux confiantes (...).
Julien Creuzet at PERFORMA, New York, November 2023
Algorithm Ocean true blood moves is a performance piece by Julien Creuzet (sculpture, video and performance, featuring seven dancers), in collaboration with choreographer Ana Pi.
Algorithm Ocean true blood moves focuses on the muscle memory of movements and gestures that have been passed down through generations of the African diaspora across time and geographies, now reconnected via social media. For several years, the artist has collected movements, gestures and styles on Instagram, revealing unexpected similarities between steps and physical realities, such as West African clerics moving in a crouched position during a ceremony and American teenagers "duck walking" in the aisles of a supermarket. Conceived in collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Ana Pi, Algorithm Ocean true blood moves translates these movements into a performance context that pushes aside geographical and temporal divisions.
Concept, videos, sculptures et costumes : Julien Creuzet
Choreographer: Ana Pi
Performers / dancers: Kamani Abu, Sarah Boyd, Sydnie Cooper, Bette Danganan, DaJuan Foley, Morgan Gregory and Noel Olson
- Motion design: Émilien Colombier
- Sound design: Timothée Sarran
- Curator: Charles Aubin
- Senior producer: Julia Simpson
- Associate producer: Josie Bettman
Curator: Charles Aubain.
Two performances on 10-11 November 2023.
Algorithm Ocean true blood moves will take place at the Léman Ballroom on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, historically the site of the original 17th-century Dutch colony. Opened in 1928 as a bank before closing one year later due to the stock market crash, the building embodies the highs and lows of American capitalism. Around the perimeter of the performance area is a 225-foot-long mural depicting generations of sailing ships, including ancient Mediterranean galleys, Spanish and Portuguese Renaissance caravels and 20th-century ocean liners.
The performance is supported by Etant Donné, a Villa Albertine programme with the Ford Foundation. The evening is organised by the Villa Albertine, with the support of the Institut français.