The Institutions, the Manipulations and the Real

The event titled “About ‘Mocking’ the Institution(s), and some Other Esthetic Manipulations of the Real” was successfully realized, on April 17 & 18, at the Palais de Tokyo art club. At the invitation of Family Business, the organizers of the seminar “Quelle actualité pour la ‘critique institutionnelle’ aujourd’hui ?” Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Katia Schneller and Tristan Trémeau, together with their special guest, artist and writer, Gregory Sholette, discussed the ambivalent ‘love story’ between macro- Institutions and micro-Institutions  and described the transit between counter- and mock-Institutions in relation to the function and presence of institutional Critique. The American vs the European experience, the French paradigm and its characteristics, the role of artists and the public, the Family Business curatorial exercise, titled “The Age of Practices” and other exhibition contexts were considered in the open discussion that followed. 
Family Business is very pleased to have hosted this event and extends its warm appreciation and family regards to all involved in its realization and more specifically to Gregory, Vanessa, Katia, Tristan and Myriam. 
 The Seminar

Myriam Lefkowitz of the Institute of Perceptive Practices 

Announce

Dear Family members and friends

it looks like the “guest + host = a ghost” aphorism we often quote, has produced a literal example in Palais de Tokyo as far as Family Business house is concerned . Due to some unfortunate scheduling on behalf of the host, the guest has evaporated, into a ghost. Family Business house has disappeared, as of today Tuesday the 15th, from its location at the entrance of PdT,  long before this was planned to happen. We deeply regret, not the actual disappearing (FB is notorious for its flexibility and good-humored morphing), but the fact that this happened while the “Salon des Refuses” exhibition was still on (due to close on Sunday, April 20). 
Family Business offers its apologies to the participating artists even though this was as much a surprise to FB as to anyone else. Palais de Tokyo will be responsible for returning art works on the day already noted (April 21st) under the procedure agreed, unless there is another communication from PdT. 
Maybe there is substantial food for thought in this episode and we would like to ask all those interested to join us to the seminar scheduled for April 17 and 18 under the title: 
About “Mocking” the Institution(s), and some Other Esthetic Manipulations of the Real
 A reflection and related practices on the concept and function of micro -, pseudo- Institutions, entities et al., as part of “The Age of Practices” program of Family Business in Palais de Tokyo

It is possible that this seminar is even more relevant under the circumstances, and we warmly welcome everyone’s participation (information attached)  

"Institute of Perceptive Practices" activations:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Family Business house & Salle 37

time: 1pm, 3pm, 5 pm

Seminar :

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tokyo Art Club in Palais de Tokyo

time: 4-7 pm

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”About ‘Mocking’ the Institution(s), and some Other Esthetic Manipulations of the Real’’

April 17 & 18, 2014,  Join Family Business @ Palais de Tokyo

Family Business is happy to invite and host a reflection and related practices on the concept and function of micro-pseudo-Institutions, imaginary entities et al.,as part of ”The Age of Practices” program of Family Business in Palais de Tokyo.
The seminar “Quelle actualité pour la “critique institutionnelle” aujourd’hui ?” (usually taking place at the INHA)and its organisers, Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Katia Schneller and Tristan Trémeau, will receive the artist and writer, based in New York City, Gregory Sholette. They also invited ”The institute of perceptive practices” to activate two devices based on a concept by artist Myriam Lefkowitz.


**Please also note that Family Business uncanny ”Salon des Refusés” will be on until April 20, 2014 in the Family Business house @ Palais de Tokyo

"Institute of Perceptive Practices" activations:

Walk, Hands, Eyes, (a city) & The lying city

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Family Business house & Salle 37

time: 1pm, 3pm, 5 pm

If you wish to book  an appointment for either of the two practices , please write to the following email address:

myriamlefkowitz2@gmail.com 

Seminar :

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tokyo Art Club in Palais de Tokyo

time: 4-7 pm

photo: Cécile Proust / lay out: Nicolas Aguzzi

Invited by Family Business, the seminar Quelle actualité pour la “critique institutionnelle” aujourd’hui ? (usually taking place at the INHA) and its organisers, Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Katia Schneller and Tristan Trémeau, will receive the artist and writer, based in New York City, Gregory Sholette. Carrying on with their questioning of critical forms interrogating the concept of institution, the three art historians will discuss with Gregory Sholette the wide spread use of imaginary entities and semi-fictional practices in contemporary art. From the fictitious documents of Walid Raad, the juridical fictions of Agency or of Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier to collectives functioning as pseudo-institutions of various legal and symbolic statuses - the “mockstitutions” following Gregory Sholette’s terminology in his recent book Dark Matter. Art and politics in the age of enterprise culture, Pluto Press, 2010 (Copenhagen Free University, The Center for Tactical Magic, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Church of Life After Shopping…) – fiction (or “parafiction” or simulation) seems a privileged strategy for some artists in order to engage political issues. What does this recourse to imaginary or semi-fictional forms imitating or manipulating the institutions (or other manifestations of the real) on behalf of artists expressing a critical engagement? Is it symptomatic of a crisis or, on the contrary, of a renewal of the critical attitude in art?

During this session a talk given by Gregory Sholette will be followed by a discussion with the organizers and the artist Myriam Lefkowitz.

Gregory Sholette. Dark Matter

The seminar Quelle actualité pour la “critique institutionnelle” aujourd’hui ?  is related to the research project “Fabriques de l’art, fabriques de l’histoire de l’art” supported by Esba-TALM, Esad-Grenoble-Valence, HiCSA Paris I University, and Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The book entitled Au nom de l’art. Enquête sur le statut ambigu des appellations artistiques de 1945 à nos jours,  sous la dir. de Katia Schneller et Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne 2013is the first publication associated with this research project. As part of its research, the seminar Quelle actualité pour la “critique institutionnelle” aujourd’hui ? invites the Institute of Perceptive Practices to activate two devices, on the 17th of April, in PdT:

conception: Myriam Lefkowitz

guides : Jean Philippe Derail, Myriam Lefkowitz

- Walk, Hands, Eyes, (a city) is a perceptive experience  for one spectator and a guide in a city, lasting one hour.

The experience aims to weave a specific relation between walking, seeing and touching.

Following your booking, your guide will wait for you in front of the Family Business House in the entrance hall of the Palais de Tokyo. Comfortable shoes and light and bags are sincerely recommended.

- The lying city for one spectator at a time and one performer, lasting one hour.  The spectator is asked to lie down in a silent space for one hour while the performer aims to weave a specific relation between moving,  touching and listening. The practice will take place in Salle 37 of Palais de Tokyo

If you wish to book  an appointment for either of the two practices , please write to the following email address:

myriamlefkowitz2@gmail.com

hours:  -1pm, -3pm, -5pm

The institute of perceptive practices is a place without a fixed geographical inscription.

The institute is invited by other places, institutions, organizations.

The institute aims to produce and propose different sensorial experiences to whom wishes to visit the Institute.

The institute is interested in the forms of imagination which are generated by alliterated state of sensorial attention.

 

OPEN CALL is OPEN AGAIN

This coming Saturday, April 12, btw 3pm and 4 pm there is one more chance to bring your works @ Family Business in the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) 

"Numerous complaints have come to the Emperor…"

"De nombreuses réclamations sont parvenues à l’ empereur…"

Retracing the steps and reasons of the peculiar political gesture, of Napoleon III to inaugurate a “Salon des refusés” (1863), while also possibly opening a window to the ensuing history and its multiple references (actions and reactions thereafter), Family Business invited all those 'refused' by the art world, those rejected, ignored or disregarded to exhibit their works, in the Family Business small house, at Palais de Tokyo, between April 5 and April 20, 2014! 

CALL FOR ENTRIES - open again ( drop off: Saturday, April 12, 3pm-4pm)

Useful Information

- Drop off date:Bring your art work and letter of rejection on Saturday, April 12th between 3pm and 4pm at Palais de Tokyo, for Family Business: the Fam Biz house is located right at the entrance of PdT opposite the ticket booth

- Who: Anyone who has been rejected, refused to by an art establishment, institution, museum, gallery, art competition… Now famous artists are not excluded as we all have some skeletons of rejection in our closets

- What: By ‘art work’ we mean anything from a painting to a sculpture to a drawing to a photograph, to a xerox conceptual note, to a hand made rag, to a an installation, to a film or video etc. By anything we mean ‘anything that is not very big’ considering that the Family Business house is really small small and you want to have many fellow rejected artists to join in (imagine being rejected by a show on the rejected :-( Won’t be nice)

- How: Please bear in mind that your work will not/cannot be insured or secured given the character of the endeavor and the no-budget reality (alas, Fam Biz has faced its share of refusals too…). In fact, and as is usual in such occasions, please be prepared to sign a document stating the circumstances and also giving us permission to post amazing pictures of the Salon.

- How to: Your work will be exhibited in a “Salon” manner, (that is however and wherever there is space in and on Fam Biz house), democratically and on a “first come first hanged” basis. Make sure to bring your own installation material (e.g. nails, tape, monitor and headphones, etc)

- Reclaim: Bring with you a photo of the work so we can identify it as yours when we take the exhibition down and you reclaim your work : Monday, April 21st, btw 1pm and 7pm.

- Proof: The letter of rejection you will provide will be part of the archive Family Business will make to honor the historicity of the event and educate generations to come ;-))

Le Salon des refusés,April 5, Palais de Tokyo

Le Salon des refusés, April 5, Palais de Tokyo///Yuri

"Numerous complaints have come to the Emperor…"//"De nombreuses réclamations sont parvenues à l’ empereur…"

Family Business invited all those 'refused' by the art world, those rejected, ignored or disregarded to exhibit their works, in the Family Business small house, at Palais de Tokyo, between April 5 and April 20, 2014 :check out some of the April 5 pics
                                                                                                                   
The Family Business “salon des refusés et des persistants” setting up in Palais de Tokyo
                                                                                                                    
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the day’s reading

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Gustavo and Nanaco are performing music in 4 languages

”Dead Serious Open Call”, by Inertia Studios

"Numerous complaints have come to the Emperor…"// "De nombreuses réclamations sont parvenues à l’ empereur…"

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Have you been ‘refused’ by the art world? Rejected? Negated? Ignored? Has your work been disregarded? Are complaints in order?  

Taking its cue from Emperor Napoleon III himself (as quoted in Moniteur, 24 April 1863), and so “wishing to let the public judge the legitimacy of these complaints”, Family Business “has decided that the works of art which were refused should be displayed”: 

In the Family Business small house, at Palais de Tokyo, between April 5 and April 20, 2014! 

Bring you work and a ‘testimony of refusal’ and join the “Salon des refusés et des persistants” or the “Salon des persévérants” (or anyway you decide to call it).

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imageCatalogue published on the occasion of the ”Salon des refusés”, in May 1863.The names of Manet, Whistler, Courbet and others are included.

                                                                                                                   

On Saturday evening, April 5 @ 7 pm, a music extravaganza will be organized by groups Family Business spotted on the streets of Paris:

"Les Refusés Rock!"  Do not miss it!

 Remember: There is no third chance to make a good second impression!

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Useful Information

- Drop off date: Bring your art work and letter of rejection on Saturday, April 5th between 1pm and 7pm at Palais de Tokyo, for Family Business: the Fam Biz house is located right at the entrance of PdT opposite the ticket booth

- Who: Anyone who has been rejected, refused to by an art establishment, institution, museum, gallery, art competition… Currently famous artists are not excluded as we all have some skeletons of rejection in our closets

- What: By ‘art work’ we mean anything from a painting to a sculpture to a drawing to a photograph, to a xerox conceptual note, to a hand made rag, to a an installation, to a film or video etc. By anything we mean ‘anything that is not very big’ considering that the Family Bisiness house is really small small and you want to have many fellow rejected artists to join in (imagine being rejected by a show on the rejected :-( Won’t be nice)

- How: Please bear in mind that your work will not/cannot be insured or secured given the character of the endeavor and the no-budget reality (alas, Fam Biz has faced its share of refusals too…). In fact, and as is usual in such occasions, please be prepared to sign a waiver document stating the circumstances and also giving us permission to post amazing pictures of the Salon.

- How to: Your work will be exhibited in a “Salon” manner, (that is however and wherever there is space in and on Fam Biz house), democratically and on a “first come first hanged” basis. Make sure to bring your own installation material (e.g. nails, tape, monitor and headphones, etc)

- Reclaim: Bring with you a photo of the work so we can identify it as yours when we take the exhibition down and you reclaim your work (Monday, April 21st, btw 1pm and 7pm).

- Proof: The letter of rejection you will provide will be part of the archive Family Business will make to honor the historicity of the event and educate generations to come ;-))

Dear Family Members

Imagine, Emperor Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (Napoleon III 1852-1870), founder of the Salon des refusés”, admirer of Charles Fourrier, urban and social reformer, first elected President of the French Republic (1848) and last monarch of France - albeit nick named “Napoléon le Petit” (“The Small Napoleon”) by Victor Hugo -, died in exile, ‘refused’ by his own

And this is just one example…

imageThe French Imperial Family in exile. Camden Place, London 1872

imageA letter of rejection: Museum of Modern Art to Andy Warhol

Practice with The Order of The Third Bird until March 30th

Due to public interest and pressing demand the presence of the Birds is extended in Family Business house at Palais de Tokyo.
You ask - Family listens!

The Order of the Third Bird is practicing in Family Business

READY FOR PRACTICE

The Order of The Third Bird has appeared in Family Business house in Palais de Tokyo                                                                                        

DO NOT MISS

Saturday, March 15: 1.30 - 2.00 pm, in salle Point Perché,  Lecture and Workshop, “The Rülek Scrolls and the Practice of the Door.”        

AND right after

Visiting adepts of the Order of the Third Bird will, we believe, be engaging in their ritual practices hourly - on the hour from 15:00 to 20:00, - within the Order’s temporary sanctuary in Family Business house.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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The Order of the Third Bird is in Family Business!

A mysterious Installation, unusual Performance-Practices and an investigative Lecture-Workshop will be taking place under the title:

“The Work of Art under Conditions of Intermittent Accessibility”

Saturday, March 8th - Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 

Join us at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for a life-changing experience

To inaugurate its foray into “The Age of Practices,” Family Business has invited individuals thought to be associated with the mysterious entity known as The Order of The Third Bird to share elements of their traditions and protocols. This has apparently occasioned some division among the membership, but there is reason to hope that a number of adepts will be appearing for this purpose in the weeks ahead.  In an effort to encourage this encounter, Family Business has put at the disposal of the Order its space inside the Palais wherein devotees of “Bird” practices may engage in their distinctive rites, and make available such materials as are deemed suitable for transmission to curious persons.

Saturday, March 15: 1.30 - 2.00 pm, Salle 37: Lecture and Workshop, “The Rülek Scrolls and the Practice of the Door.” New evidence strongly suggests that the Francophone Transylvanian philologist-explorer Marton Bialek (1889-1966) was an associate of the Order of the Third Bird. Several scholars with an interest in these matters will present a brief biography, and reveal Bialek’s fascinating “Exercise of the Trochilus,” a formal protocol for sustained attention to a work of art. Some guided collective experimentation will be encouraged. All are welcome, regardless of their knowledge of Bird practices.

And please note: Visiting adepts of the Order of the Third Bird will, we believe, be engaging in their ritual practices hourly - on the hour from 15:00 to 20:00, on Saturday 15 - within the Order’s temporary sanctuary in Family Business house.

From  March 8 to March 23 , associates of the Order of the Third Bird will be engaging in periodic “actions” within the Family Business House (at the entrance of the Palais de Tokyo) – activating the installation through practices of sustained attention.

Audience is advised to remain alert and attentive!

But, Who is the Order of the Third Bird?

There remains some confusion about the history and practices of the body known as The Order of the Third Bird, but evidence points to its having been for some time a loose network of cell-like groups that engage in ritualized forms of sustained attention to works of art. The canons of secrecy around these activities—their structure and purposes—have traditionally been sufficiently restrictive as to leave some doubt as to whether any individual professing knowledge of the Order could in fact be genuinely associated therewith.

And Why do members of the Order spend long periods of time standing in silence in museums and other locations?

Historical sources dating from the 1920s offer the following: “Consider: the number of accumulated works of art in the world now exceeds the number of persons on the planet. If each of these human artifacts can be understood as a reified request for attention, the scale of the problem immediately strikes home with terrible force.” It seems that the Order has long considered itself a community of something like “paramedics of attention” who respond to what they take to be the baleful and continuous solicitations of innumerable made things. Exactly who is involved, and to what end—these issues remain obscure, but it has been suggested that a very considerable number of those who look at works of art in museums and galleries may be connected to the Order and are possibly engaging in its practices. Others contend, however, that the radical character of the enterprise (documents have surfaced that allude to “participant ethnography of the object” and warn of the dangers of a “temporary metempsychosis” to which practitioners apparently aspire) place the Order of the Third Bird at the fringe of those cultic associations aspiring to ecstatic possession and Dionysian self-loss. It is to be hoped that these issues will be resolved through lectures, readings, and performances at the Palais de Tokyo in the weeks ahead.

For more info and updates stay tuned !

Things promise to get even more mysterious, more curious…

 

The architect’s notes

Subject: FAMILY BUSINESS

Walking up a narrow sidewalk of an Athens neighborhood street, you find a door on your right with a “Family Business” sign.

You enter the door and walk down a few steps into a sub-basement. You browse around and view the objects on display or bump into some of the family members carrying out their daily chores.

A stair leads up to the family house. You can go up to the landing from where you can take a dog’s eye view of the house, but you cannot go any further as the stair rams into the ceiling corner, like in a MC Escher drawing gone wrong. From the landing you can take a peak into one of the rooms of the house: it is an imaginary room, as there are no walls and the space doubles as a terrace in this absurdly vernacular design inspired by Greek 1970s illegal homes. The furniture and the objects on the terrace give a hint of what kind of a family lives here: for the first presentation of the space, a 1970s middle class family inhabited the premises. 

You retrace your steps, walk down the stairs and go out through the back door marked “Exit”. You find yourself in the back alley where you may encounter some more evidence of the Family Business.

USE OF THE SPACE
A rotating cast of curators and artists will develop different uses and concepts to be presented in and around the basement and the back alley of Family Business.
New families will be formed and imagined, their identity revealed by the objects, activities and art works left behind.  

The sky’s normal state is at night

So Family Business is now in “The State of the Sky” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 13 Feb.- 7 Sept. 2014)

Given the context, the opening was full of stars as expected. The small Fam Biz house settled, UFO like, near the PdT entrance, next to and beyond the exhibitions and projects which will unfold until September 7 in the labyrinthine spaces of the Palais.
Fam Biz introduced its “Age of Practices” with the weird space and a song: “If I were a rich man” of the legendary “Fiddler on the roof” musical (1964 in theatre, 1971 in film / music by J.Bock, lyrics S.Harnick). Based on the family stories of Tevye the dairyman, by Sholem Aleicheim, “Fiddler on the roof” references Chagall’s hovering family spirits with an uncanny mix of melancholy and joy:  
Romaric Tisserand performed the piece as “the lanterna man” and Daniele Dreux sang a cappella sitting on the edge of the open first floor.
       
If I were a rich man….
 I’d build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen,
Right in the middle of the town.
A fine tin roof with real wooden floors below.
There would be one long staircase just going up,
And one even longer coming down,
And one more leading nowhere, just for show…..
       

the two fiddlers / photos courtesy PdT and Cheik
     

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Hugo and Myriam helped FB members to spray paint the Family Business logo, Dran’s handwritten sign on the front of the house sealed the practice, while the architect of the house, Dakis Joannou explained its double function (basement- business / attic -family)
        
Nikos Zouboulis of Studio Metaplasi placing the stair leading nowhere!
    
Myriam and Hugo                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 taking a peek / photo courtesy of PdT and Jean Picon
       
 ”The State of the sky” is an interesting state to be in /  photo courtesy of PdT and Jean Picon
      
" If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum…..”

Family Business weird house inaugurated at PdT!

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Surprise gig: Family Business weird house animated by ‘A fiddler on the roof’ in the Palais de Tokyo.

Thursday February 13th!

join us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Business/256776537727677?ref=ts&fref=ts

imagethe world of PdT from the roof of Family Business: under construction

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imageFB house tagged by D in PdT