Guillaume Désanges

Child’s Play

In collaboration with Frédéric Cherboeuf

June 10 – 19, 2010

A History of Performance in 20 Minutes (A performance lecture with Hélène Meisel)

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 7:30 pm

Reception to follow

To coincide with the Performance Studies International symposium, FADO Performance Art Centre and Gallery TPW are pleased to present work by French curator and critic Guillaume Désanges. A History of Performance in 20 Minutes is a performative lecture presenting a concise history of the representation of the body in art. The performance-lecture aims to divide the history of performance into ten gestures – appearing, receiving, holding back, escaping, aiming, falling, crying, biting, emptying oneself and disappearing – all enacted and subjectively discussed.

Accompanying the performance is Désanges’ exhibition Child’s Play. The work is the outcome of a workshop with seven Romanian children in 2008. The impetus for the workshop was an assertion that the history of performance art be read as a history of silence rather than discourse – a pre-linguistic history of primary gestures. Perhaps the experience of childhood is closest to this impulse in performance/body art. During the workshop, the kids replayed and interpreted more than fifty iconic performances, including gestures from Futurism and Dada to Paul McCarthy and Francis Alys. The resulting videos and drawings embody the immediate energy, humor, and embrace of the experiential experiment that is essential for an understanding of performance and body art.

Guilliaume Désanges is presented in collaboration with FADO Performance Art Centre.

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Curator Biography

Guillaume Désanges is a free-lance curator and art critic, co-founder of Work Method, a Paris based agency for artistic projects. Member of the editorial board of Trouble, he collaborates with the magazines Exit Express and Exit Book (Madrid). He coordinated the artistic projects of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2001-2007). In 2007-2008, he was curator at Centre d’Art Contemporain La Tôlerie. From 2009-2011, he is the guest curator at centre d’art le Plateau-Frac Ile de France, Paris.