Romain Kronenberg & Benjamin Graindorge
Production & exhibition from 23 Apr to 25 Apr 2015
7 years and 12 months ago
The invitation extended to Romain Kronenberg and Benjamin Graindorge has a strong semantic dimension. In theory, directors and designers are total opposites. One makes a career out of moving images, the other out of stationary objects. One sees the world through projection, the other through contingency. Lafayette Anticipations invited the artists to make an exhibition preceding the shooting of the film Été perpétuel. The objects that contributed to the making of the film were collected: video rehearsals, sculptures, photographs, and the public invited to move in the potential of this film to come. Presented as relics of a time that has not yet arrived, these glass and wood objects acquire a fugitive status in the temporary space on rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie.
It was in Kyoto in 2009 that they met, and it was from the terrace of Villa Kujoyama that they observed Japan, its artisans and its rites. These opposites long discussed this shared experience, until they collaborated for the first time on Eldorado (2012), an installation that combined film, objects, drawings and music. Since then, other probes have followed, each of which has contributed something to a world that is always in production.Romain Kronenberg and Benjamin Graindorge are always getting closer the work but they never touch it. They compile, write, annotate, disseminate and start again, without worrying about being ordered to make us see something. They see things coming; they anticipate. This is to say that the forms they create never belong to the moment and are always destined to be truly realised in the moment to come, the follow-up, the next meeting.This method, which knowingly allows error, change and hesitation to enter into the creative process, interests Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette for two reasons: first, because the institution defines itself in advance as a place of production, fundamental research and collaboration between all of the disciplines of art, design and fashion; but also because it views the creative act in its most open, transparent and convulsive state.Été perpétuel, a film by Romain Kronenberg with collaboration of Benjamin Graindorge. With Audrey Bonnet, Lucie Boujenah and Mehdi Meskar.Production Too Many Cowboys and Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, with the support of Centre d’Art Villa Bernasconi / Ville de Lancy-Genève.A project presented as part of the 6th edition of the Centre Pompidou's Nouveau festival.