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WHATMAN – leaving traces deleted

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WHATMAN – leaving traces deleted is an international group exhibition guest curated by PASSE-AVANT. This site-specific project takes place in the educational wing of the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv called “Shelter for Contemporary Art.” The exhibition includes new work by Jean Barberis (U.S.A/France), Benedikte Bjerre (Netherlands), Anne Brand Galvez (Guatemala/Zurich), Eran Hadas (Israel), Sonia Knop (Israel/Germany), Olga Pedan (Sweden), Ada Raczka (Poland/Germany) and Daniel Stubenvoll (Germany).

For WHATMAN, the artists mailed via post artworks that respond to the book Life a User’s Manual by George Perec (1978). The famous book tells the tale of a man who, for fifty years, painted watercolor landscapes at various ports that he then sent back to his apartment where a resident fabricated them into puzzles. When returning from the ports, he would solve the puzzle and then make it disappear by dissolving the colors in a chemical solution and throwing it into the sea.

The works in WHATMAN are also in dialogue with the Shelter for Contemporary Art, a functioning public bomb shelter in the heart of Tel Aviv. The architecture of the windowless bomb shelter, including large air filtration systems and heavy metal doors, is integrated into the works themselves.
Following the logic of Life a User’s Manual, the artist were asked to send instructions along with their works including how to install them and how to dispose of them after the show. These instructions are exhibited alongside the works and vary from technical installation instructions to poetic texts or riddles.

PASSE-AVANT
PASSE-AVANT is a project platform founded by Carina Bukuts and Sonia Knop based in Frankfurt/Main to create exhibitions with young contemporary artists. PASSE-AVANT also explores contemporary art and culture with their blog (https://passe-avant.net/). WHATMAN is part of a series inspired by the book Life a User’s Manual by George Perec.

 

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Installation view
Sonia Knop
Sonia Knop
Sonia Knop
Sonia Knop
jean-barberis
Jean Barberis
Eran Hadas
Eran Hadas
Eran Hadas
Eran Hadas
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Lecture Eran Hadas
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Daniel Stubenvoll (links) Benedikte Bjerre (rechts)
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Catalogue
Anne Brand Galvez
Anne Brand Galvez
Benedikte Bjerre
Benedikte Bjerre
Ada Raczka
Ada Raczka

 

 

Artists

Benedikte Bjerre
PASSE-AVANT
Jean Barberis
Anne Brand Galvez
Sonia Knop
Olga Pedan
Ada Raczka
Daniel Stubenvoll

Talk

by Eran Hadas

Georges Perec and his “Machine for Inspiring Stories”
In this talk, we discussed the methods and processes Perec used in his writings. We talked about Perec’s family background and his relationship with Raymond Queneau. We read excerpts from his books Things: A Story of the Sixties, A Man Asleep, The Augmentation, I Remember, Life a User’s Manual and more.

Furthermore he presented a an Automatic Poetry Generator that reconstructs a poem based on the words comprising an excerpt of from Perec’s Life a User’s Manual. The poem was printed on thermal paper that will fade and will decompose over time.

WHATMAN – leaving traces deleted
Shelter for Contemporary Art at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv
October 13-15, 2016
Hadas (Israel),
PASSE-AVANT