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Aurélien Froment, 9 Intervals, 2011/2012, two synched HD video projections, color, sound, 19 minutes 43 seconds. Installation view.

Aurélien Froment

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Aurélien Froment, 9 Intervals, 2011/2012, two synched HD video projections, color, sound, 19 minutes 43 seconds. Installation view.

You can learn a lot watching Aurélien Froment’s videos. The works of this Dublin-based Frenchman have a determinedly instructional disposition, showing and telling about a wide range of unrelated subjects. Consider two of his widely shown previous works: Rabbits, 2009, for instance, is a close-up demonstration of how to tie eight nautical knots—the stages of each nifty technique captured in an accompanying kid-friendly mnemonic device (“Build a well, a rabbit comes out of the hole, circles around the tree, and jumps back into the hole”). In Fourdrinier Machine Interlude, 2010, Froment’s gliding camera studies the mechanisms of an old miniature paper-making machine, found by the artist in a museum in Basel. Simultaneously, a young girl reads a text on the history of paper production, chronicling its development from cottage industry to mass-industrial concern. The ingenue

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