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Issue 16 of PALAIS published

Following the development of an artist’s thought, witnessing the circumstances of his/her creativity, discerning the interval separating an idea from its execution… Closely following the creative process, issue 16 of PALAIS is given over to the artists’ own words, presented in a variety of formats, echoing the exhibition program of the Palais de Tokyo.

Highlights of issue 16 include
– Main feature: “The Disappearance of Chance,” a 60-page dossier edited by art critic and theorist Jill Gasparina.
– French artist Fabrice Hyber in conversation with Jacqueline Frydman, Pierre Giquel, Théo Mercier, and Pascal Rousseau.
– Gaël Charbau on the work of the young artist Neïl Beloufa.
– Croatian artist Damir Očko talks to Daniele Balit about his relationship to music and language.
– Boris Groys on Alexandre Kojève, philosopher and photographer.

“The forms adopted by these control strategies, and the means of resistance that are opposed to them still have to be specified, whether we choose to embrace drifting in order to accept the risk inherent in artistic creation […]. But it is certain that redefining art as a sensitive and poetic practice may well not be enough to combat the programmed disappearance of chance.” —Jill Gasparina

PALAIS has invited the art critic and theorist Jill Gasparina to design an editorial project, “The Disappearance of Chance,“ that enters into dialogue with the exhibition Imagination Adrift. Inscribing the modern poetics of randomness into a wider history of technologies and rationalization techniques, she outlines a complex history of the taming of chance in which relationships of authority, control procedures and liberating tactics are intermingled.

“Why not live in a perpetual state of construction? It would be wrong to think that things are finished.”
—Fabrice Hyber

Monsters, mutations, proliferation, humor, sex, under construction, instructions, production, and excess are some of the themes in the four conversations reviewed and corrected by Fabrice Hyber.

Gaël Charbau, “Not to Understand: Neïl Beloufa”: As “unreal” as the world that surrounds us, full of that brutal poetry, composed of images and scenarios that may seem as familiar as they are indecipherable, the work of the young artist Neïl Beloufa is both at the heart and on the margins of our contemporary societies.

“What is the most human thing a filmed subject can do? And I thought that it is to have a voice.”
—Damir Očko

“The Space inside Music”: Damir Očko talks to Daniele Balit about the narrative potential of musical space. Through a constellation of works—videos, drawings, musical scores, poetry—the young Croatian artist forges a path along the meanders of language. A universe that is both melancholic and poetic.

Boris Groys, “Alexandre Kojève. The Photographer as Sage”: Through the visual collection of the Russian-French philosopher Alexandre Kojève, the philosopher and art historian Boris Groys draws attention to the essence of both Kojève’s philosophical thinking and his political practice.

Also in issue 16
– Special projects and visual contributions: Ryan Gander, Christian Marclay, Helen Marten, and Damir Očko.
– A visit in pictures to the studio of Markus Schinwald by Alexis Vaillant.
– Focus on eight artists from the emerging contemporary art scene: Iván Argote, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Jonathan Binet, Maxime Chanson, Mimosa Échard, Thierry Liegeois, Éponine Momenceau, and Henrik Potter.
– “The Pavillon: a Collection of Scores”: an 8-page supplement designed by artists from the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, the art research lab at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. This fanzine is published as a result of a stormy ten-day experimental journey staged in June 2012 by the Pavillon in the unlikely setting of Norway’s ornate Nordic landscape.

Published by the Palais de Tokyo, the magazine PALAIS is bilingual English/French. It is available internationally. Distributors and a partial list of stockists can be found here.

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