An experiment in curation, context-trading, and the possibilities of public art, Los Angeles Chez Vous ! / Paris at Your Home ! is an unprecedented re-imagining of the home as both a site of cultural production and a locus for public exchange. Domestically and internationally scaled, the project creates a new kind of partnership with its artists and public, through a distinctly 21st-century model of cultural institutional networks.
L.A artists and their hosts :
Emily Joyce made an after hours talk show for paintings at Machine Project.
Emily Joyce (USA artist) is a visual artist whose abstract geometric paintings, wall installations, and prints have been featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Joyce’s artworks are in many public collections including that of the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is currently co-organizing a group exhibition, “XYZ,” for the Torrance Art Museum which investigates how and why contemporary artists use geometric abstraction to explore scientific or metaphysical questions. Her paintings use a vocabulary of abstraction characterized by the presence of subtle irregularities and imperfections in conversation with points, lines, shapes, repetition, and symmetry. She is interested in creating abstract pictures with an ordered purposefulness that is logical but not rigid.
Geraldine and Fabien are accompanying Emily Joyce
Dawn Kasper starred as the tarred and feathered victim in a tableau
vivant murder mystery staged by Machine Project.
Dawn Kasper (USA artist) is a Los Angeles-based performance artist who has performed and exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions and is currently one of the acting co-directors of the performance and experimental art venue Human Resources in Los Angeles.
Fayçal Baghriche is accompanying Dawn Kasper.
Emily Lacy has performed in a dentist office, for 11 year old children, in a 1993 honda accord, at the beach and inside, in front, behind, below and above Machine Project.
Emily Lacy (USA artist) is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. She has performed in exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Walker Art Center, and LACMA, in addition to various DIY spaces throughout America. She works very closely with Machine Project in Los Angeles.
At Machine Project Lucky Dragons have painted camoflauge with a crowd, performed on and with a blanket, and hung out at the cafe next door drinking coffee.
Lucky Dragons (USA artists) is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, and PS1 in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. The name “lucky dragons” is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from H-bomb tests in the mid-1950’s, an incident that sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement.
Anne-Lou Vicente (FR host) is a journalist and art critic. She writes texts and documents for exhibition catalogs and worked in various capacities in the cultural and artistic media (20/27, Beauty Review, Roven, Particles, Motion, Slash.fr, three colors, etc.). She co-directs the publication of VOLUME—What You See Is What You Hear, a bilingual contemporary art magazine founded in 2010. www.revuevolume.fr.
Dominique Blais is an artist who for several years has aimed to forge links between video and audio components of our environment, particularly through his sound installations which have a strong sculptural presence. His work points the viewer’s attention to the visual qualities of objects that are primarily intended to produce or broadcast audio, and that, by force of habit, we no longer examine, like turntables, cables, and speakers, giving shape to the sounds that exist on the borderline of the imperceptible. By a subtle play of transposition of sound and image, Dominique Blais undermines the expectations of our senses and opens up new possibilities of perception. They have an artist studio-home of 100m2 in the 14th district of Paris, close to the Montsouris park. They are accompanying Luke Fischbeck.
Nate Page has removed the front wall of the Machine Project
storefront, created bleachers from discarded couches for an
installation in Cleveland, and redesigned the courtyard of the LA
County museum using just carpets and filing cabinets.
Nate Page’s (USA artist) practice revolves around designed environments, perception of space and archetypal representations. Page has produced many environments with Machine Project in Los Angeles including “A Field Guide to LACMA,” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has shown nationally and internationally including Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, Institute of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Cécile Bourne-Farrell (FR host) works with artists concerned by the notion of transmission and common citizenship : she is the curator of “Contained Measures, Tangible Memories : Indigo Regina,” a site-specific project by Otobong Nkanga, at L’appartement22. Along with curating many other works, she is a member of the boards of C-E-A, Mains d’Oeuvres, Aica, Amapuces, and Miasourya.She is accompanying Nate Page.
The experimental meditation center of los angeles has led the audience of Machine Project through various experiences both awkward and delightful for many years, involving dancing with strangers (with contact microphone), group crying (with contact microphones), avant garde massage (without contact microphones) and meditations of all kinds (with harmonicas).
Javier Toscano is a tactical-media artist, a writer and a doctor in philosophy. He is a founding member of Laboratorio 060, an interdisciplinary team that works around political topics from a cultural perspective. He currently develops the cultural salon Nerivela in Mexico City. He received the Centro Multimedia grant for media research in 2012 and 2007. His art work has been shown in numerous video festivals Transmediale, Germany ; Traverse video, France, Impakt, Holland among others. He was a member of the council of Transitio_mx, a festival for electronic arts and video in Mexico (2007-2009) and Director of the 6th Public Art Forum (2009) in Mexico City. He holds a PhD in Philosophy on a double program at the UNAM in Mexico City and the Freie Universität in Berlin (DAAD Fellow 2009-2010).
Curator and cultural agent, Chloé Fricout is currently the coordinator of Le Pavillon, research lab of the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). She worked as a curator in Casa Vecina (Mexico city – 2008- 2010). In her main research about urban issues she questions notions such as identity, territory, collective imagination and public spaces. She curated among other exhibitions Glorieta, an exhibition of urban videoart (2007) ; Translations (2009) an exhibition about art and architecture. Since 2011, they run together the on-going project VICO, videoclub of expanded operation.