THE INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE Who here listens (to) BBC news on Friday night?, 2008, might be said to offer a key or a code to French artist Aurélien Froment’s photographic, video, book, and object-based practice. The piece, whose title is a mnemonic for the first lines of the periodic table, consists of a glass table covered with fifty-two “playing cards,” all white on one side and with various pictures on the other, in pairs. The depicted items—as diverse as a Bauhaus staircase, a fossil, a billiard ball, and Froment’s own works—circulate around the artist’s concerns both formal (e.g., the image of a spiral) and conceptual (e.g., the spiraling of information). When the piece was on view this past April in “Acknowledgement,” a solo show at Motive Gallery in Amsterdam, visitors were invited to invent games with the cards (they generally matched up the identical images, as in the game Memory).

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