Philippe Parreno

Schipper & Krome

For his recent project, Philippe Parreno asked his dealers to invite friends and acquaintances to spend all of May Day working in the gallery. The room contained various tools: projectors, a screen, an ironing board and an iron, pieces of fabric and a sewing machine, a large quantity of small T-shirts, electrical materials, two video cameras, two circular tables, and a series of plush teddy bears. The artist asked those present to complete certain tasks, such as stamping the words “My first secret” on the small T-shirts and putting these shirts on the teddy bears, or making a gigantic T-shirt in which up to five people could fit, while videotaping the activities of all the participants. The activities ceased at the end of the day. In a final touch, three days later, the windows were sealed with black cardboard for the duration of the exhibition.

This first phase of the collective labor,

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