Matthieu Laurette

C/O Berlin

MATTHIEU LAURETTE IS A SORT OF MODERN-DAY HUNGER ARTIST. Currently based in Paris, Laurette became well known in his native France for having survived almost exclusively on products with money-back guarantees. He ate the food, then asked for a reimbursement, claiming to be somewhat less than “100 percent satisfied.” Since then, his projects have moved beyond a preoccupation with free consumer goods to a consideration of how to profit from the media's insatiable need for images. Evidently influenced by Guy Debord, the artist attempts to exploit the transformation of life into an endless accumulation of spectacles.

For his recent Berlin show, Laurette made nothing more than a fleeting appearance. As a part of the ongoing public art project c/o berlin, which has been introducing the work of French artists to the city, Laurette contributed Applaus (Teil 2) (Applause [part 2]), 1998–2000: images

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