Kunstverein Langenhagen

Jean-Pascal Flavien

22 Apr - 10 Jun 2012

Jean-Pascal Flavien, exhibition view, Kunstverein Langenhagen, 2012
Jean-Pascal Flavien will present architectural models at the Kunsverein Langenhagen, each of a house that has been realized in the last 4 years: the viewer in Rio de Janeiro 2007, the no drama house in Berlin in 2009 and the two persons house in Sao Paulo in 2010.

The exhibition focuses on the no drama house and unfolds some of its elements. The no drama house was thought out as a layout of spatial problems (the house is one meter wide, one entrance door is upstairs, ...) around which specific gestures, and forms of activity were developed. Built in the summer of 2009 in the front garden of Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch at Kurfürstenstrasse 12, the no drama house was the site of several events until it was closed in March 2012. These included the performance PLAy which was staged both at the house and at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) in 2010, and Cinonema no drama cinema, a multiple films projection which was first shown projected on the house itself in March of this year, and will be presented again at the South London Gallery in early May. The house was also the site of a continuous stream of quotidian activities by the artist, who used it as a workspace, while filming his interactions with its "problematic" layout.

The elements presented are the furniture of the house, some models, the P-lay-outs (a series of graphic lay-outs), the books which Flavien published in relation to this project, and the micro-films which he produced in the house. During the course of the exhibition the furniture of the no drama house will be presented in different sequential configurations. In doing so, Flavien presents the furniture sequences as phrases or sentences in which the individual pieces function both as furniture, and as potential linguistic markers. Each piece of furniture refers back to its related action (sitting, sleeping, eating, working, daydreaming), actions whose order and sequence is constantly shifted and recast by the fluid contingencies of life in the no drama house.

The exhibition will also introduce the two new house projects that Flavien is working on at the moment: the breathing house he is currently building at the Centre d'Art du Parc Saint-Léger in France and the statement house (provisory title) a project for a roof in New York.

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