sstmrt, Apartment 2016

Since July 2012 we have lived in a small flat on rue Pierre Leroux, Paris. Nice and well arranged, it featured
the typical Parisian characteristics that one could expect: old parquet, cute mouldings and an horrible pipes
system. In this apartment we have decided to organize an exhibition that would take the form of an
installation conceived by sstmrt, a collective that has been building a visual archive of bodies research and
its modifications on the eponymous website. Plastic masks, disturbing intimate videos and body
dysmorphias have constituted most of the iconographic material of the show.

For apartment 2016, the collective has designed an immersive sound installation composed of various
human noises from intense inhaling/exhaling exercises to female orgasms. On one of the bed the visitor
could watch a surveillance video* taken of the same flat. Without any precise indication, it was possible to
watch the inhabitants performing their daily routine apparently not troubled at all by the installation. Inspi
red by the atmosphere of Bruce Nauman’s Clown Torture and the Mystery Man of Lost Highway this installation
puts notions such as facticity, surveillance and voyeurism at the core of this domestic life.

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sstmrt : apartment 2016 /1/ curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos & Charles Teyssou from pierremateos@gmail.com on Vimeo.

 

sstmrt : apartment 2016 /2/ curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos & Charles Teyssou from pierremateos@gmail.com on Vimeo.

All images courtesy of sstmrt and Pascal Gambarte

sstmrt
Apartment 2016
13 February 2016 –
27 February 2016
21 rue Pierre Leroux
Paris

Curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos & Charles Teyssou