Stéphane Magnin

Air de Paris

With back-to-back solo shows, Stéphane Magnin, a young artist working in a vein similar to that of Philippe Parreno, Pierre Joseph, and Paul Devautour, creates “behavioral décors” conceived as artistic responses to Guy Debord’s universe of the “integrated spectacle.”

While the Situationists worked out participatory stagings that aimed at getting past spectacular alienation, Magnin’s exhibitions are alienated spectacles. The spectator is immediately integrated into the spectacle and becomes one of its components, an actor in spite of himself confronted with a universe of artificially generated behaviors, hyperviolence, and playfulness. This is why his shows—true “alienation arrays” whose visual interest is undeniable—can also be unpleasant, further proof of their irrefutable resemblance to the worldwide development of falsification, which according to Debord, is also the “becoming false of

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