Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs

Clément de Gaulejac, Siren Songs, illustration, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Étienne de Massy

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Étienne de Massy

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Michel Brunelle

View of the exhibition Clément de Gaulejac. Siren Songs, VOX, from september 3 to Decembre 5 2015.

Credit: Klaus Scherübel
Clément de Gaulejac

Tour schedule

January 19 to March 25, 2018
Centre d'exposition de la Ville d'Amos (Abitibi)

CAM en tournée - Maisons de la culture de l’île de Montréal

April 22 to June 11, 2017
Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

January 21 to March 5, 2017
Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles

November 5 to December 11, 2016
Maison de la culture Mercier

September 10 to October 30, 2016
Centre d’exposition Lethbridge, Bibliothèque du Boisé

July 4 to August 11, 2016
Galerie Les Trois C, Centre Henri-Lemieux
LaSalle

Booking Information

Language: English, French

Space required: 100 m2 (1076 ft2)

A mediation-exhibition | 8- to 12-year-olds

A lighthouse calling to mind a Tower of Babel, a one-eyed drill, and a clandestine grocery basket are some of the figures imagined by Clément de Gaulejac in his visual and sound installation created especially for young audiences aged 8 to 12. In a world at once playful and enigmatic, the artist invites us to reflect on the myths that structure our understanding of the world, exploit our ability to make them our own, and—why not—reinvent them. How? Using a clever blend of humour, metaphorical inventions and linguistic games—de Gaulejac’s preferred tools for confronting the challenges of the modern world. Mediation activities specially designed for young and old alike accompany the exhibition and allow visitors to reflect, through play and subversions of meaning, on the paradoxical power of language, that remarkable tool for communication that remains a perpetual source of misunderstanding.

VOX’s youth exhibitions are designed by well-known artists wishing to try their hands at creating works aimed at a specific age group. They are produced as collaborations between VOX, the artist and an expert mediator. As stand-alone projects, the exhibitions are also meant to be of interest to a broader audience encompassing all ages.

Biography

Clément de Gaulejac

Clément de Gaulejac’s work involves research into the scope and limitations of language. Employing a humorous approach, he creates surprising dialogues between…

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Mediation

The artist’s intent was to design a work that would lead children to think about the world in which they will one day become adults and to learn about the concept of subverting meaning. In that vein, a mediation framework was designed by a mediator specialized in contemporary art, in collaboration with the artist. The exhibition activities reveal to children that, while language can sometimes the source of a problem, it is also the tool for undoing it. The activities take various forms—discussion avenues, observation games, experiments and workshops.

Interview

Interview with Clément de Gaulejac during his exhibition at VOX.

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Press coverage

Marie-Ève Charron, « Des expositions qui poussent à l’éveil », Le Devoir, 5 septembre 2015.

Sylvia Galipeau, « L’art pour réfléchir autrement », La Presse +, 7 septembre 2015.

Aurore Lehmann, « Il est une fois », La Marelle, 28 septembre 2015.

« Bédéphilement Vôtre », Cibl, émission du 10 octobre 2015.

Annie Lafleur, « Clément de Gaulejac et le retour des héros », Espace art actuel, numéro 112, hiver 2016, pp. 93-94.

 

Publication

Simultaneously with the exhibition design project, Les tailleurs d’histoires will be published by Éditions La mauvaise tête. Available in bookstores starting in the fall of 2015.

Contact

Valérie Morin
Coordinator – touring
valerie.morin@centrevox.ca