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“LE PAVILLON” IN PARIS; “BED OF FILM” IN BERLIN

“LE PAVILLON” PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED: The Palais de Tokyo (www.palaisdetokyo.com), the recently founded art organization in Paris, has announced the first class of “Le Pavillon,” its program for young artists, critics, and curators. Artists Charlotte Beaurepaire, Kim Sop Boninsegni, Gérald Decroux, Emily Joyce, Julia Rometti, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and independent curator Alexandre Pollazzon were selected from over 270 applicants. All between twenty-five and thirty years old, they will be expected to create their own projects while participating in the broader activities of the Palais de Tokyo, which is due to open at the end of this year. “We chose individuals with diverse backgrounds working in different media,” commented Ange Leccia, director of the program, “but they’re also complementary, so their projects should develop in interesting ways throughout the year.” The year will be divided into trimesters, during each of which the program will be directed, respectively, by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gabriel Orozco, and the design team M/M, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak.

PALAIS DE TOKYO’S FIRST PUBLICATION: In addition to initiating “Le Pavillon,” the Palais de Tokyo has released its first publication: Qu’attendez-vous d’une institution artistique du 21e siècle? (What do you expect from an art institution in the 21st century?). The bilingual volume features over 280 responses to the titular question collected from artists, gallerists, curators, and critics as well as individuals working in a wide range of cultural fields, from architecture and design to music and fashion. The answers, unsurprisingly, are as diverse as the respondents: “A revolution” (curator Jens Hoffmann); “Free storage” (Maurizio Cattelan); “A place to find a common ground” (designer Agnès B.); “Good room service” (curator Éric Troncy); “Everything” (gallerist Mehdi Chouakri); “Nothing” (John Armleder); and “Not much” (Lawrence Weiner). First distributed at the Venice Biennale, the volume has become a best-seller at the bookshop of the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and is set to be distributed throughout France in the coming weeks. Selections are available on the Palais de Tokyo Web site. A second publication is already in the works, which will feature answers to the question: What is the role of the artist today?

SLEEPER EXHIBITION: Meanwhile, art space Kunst-Werke in Berlin (www.kw-berlin.de) is exploring its own role as an art institution with the recent project “Bed of Film.” Ten monitors showing ten different films have been installed around a four-by-fourteen-meter bed; visitors are invited to lie down and, with the aid of headphones, to follow the film of their choice. The first program, entitled “Ort und Welt” (Place and world), is curated by filmmakers Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann. As Ehmann explains, “The films are about the essence of a matter, a situation, a reality. Whether it has been recorded as a documentary or recounted as a fictional story, we wanted to show this exploratory gesture and not a hit list of masterpieces taken from film history.” Films include Michael Glawogger’s Megacities (1998), Humphrey Jennings’s Listen to Britain (1941), and even Robert Siodmak’s Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday; 1941). A new program of films will be presented each month through January 2001.

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