Futur rétrograde x Artagon Pantin

Saturday 27 Apr 2024 from 5pm to 11:30pm

Free upon registration

Flora Bouteille © Marc Domage

What does the future hold in store, and how do we deal with the fluctuations of an ever-changing world? These are the existential questions at the heart of the 'Coming Soon' exhibition, and 8 artists in residence from Artagon Pantin's class of 2022-2023 have come up with artistic proposals to try and respond, each in their own way, to the need to (pre)see what lies ahead.

During this evening, conceived as a festival of anticipation, the ground floor of the Fondation is taken over by their voices and bodies, welcoming a plurality of forms, media and ways of inhabiting the space.
This programme of performance, music, spoken word, poetry, dance and video offers an insight into the research and concerns of a young generation of artists. Each performance offers a unique dialogue with the audience, evoking our uncertainties and hopes for the future through words, sound and body movement.

Ismail Alaoui Fdili - Keynote ChatUIGV, performed lecture, 30 min

The Université Internationale de Gardiennage de Voitures (UIGV) is a satirical project that consists of a fictitious Franco-Moroccan university whose aim is to export and teach internationally the profession of car guard, a precarious job common in the global South. The project takes shape on the internet and social networks (parody films, websites, interviews) and in a series of short films, VR video games and performances. Here, the artist imagines a lecture performed in the form of a keynote to present the future of the UIGV with the introduction of artificial intelligence into its teaching methods.

Alice Martins - FFOMECBLOT - camoufler, performance piece, 30 min
With Alice Martins (design and performance), Jean Thévenin (design and live music), Élodie Paul (outside view), Charlotte Pistien, assisted by Jehanne Mabilais (costume and set design collaboration)

How do we adapt to our surroundings in a hostile environment where human production has supplanted the natural environment? This is the question the artist sets out to answer with her performance piece, which appears to be an almost survivalist attempt to continue inhabiting the world. As the dance progresses, the artist's body develops a hypersensitivity to the elements around it, transforming itself in the manner of a moult. 'FFOMECBLOT' - camoufler thus features a body that seeks to go beyond its human form through actions of metamorphosis.

CHOUF - Dis-moi bientôt c'est quand ? Spoken word and ambient music, 30 min
With Lou Fauroux

This hybrid performance combines spoken word poetry and ambient music played at a frequency of 432 Hz, a mode that encourages the listener to relax and introspect. Using a selection of her poems, chosen in reference to the passage of time and her perceptions of it, the artist explores the notion of the future. Time" becomes a key word that, each time it is pronounced, marks the passage from one text to another, in a logic of mashup and montage.

→ Maïa Lacoustille - EHPAD II, sound work, 18 min

EHPAD II is a poem that accompanies the series of sculptures Mummies (2023), presented here in sound form. Its title evokes the name of a fictitious pharaoh, and the poem refers to the perception of the afterlife in Ancient Egypt, and to notions of birth, death, childhood and old age. The voices of the work blend English and French, the respective mother tongues of the two narrators, to weave a reflection on the material of spoken language. This to-and-fro between a language we know how to speak and one we don't, reveals words and sounds in a different light. The political dimension of the poem is embodied in this experimental language. This to-and-fro between a language we know how to speak and one we don't, reveals words and sounds in a different light. The political dimension of the poem is embodied through this experimental language capable of embracing multiple identities.

Flora Bouteille (Cie Angels' Front) - die and retry, performance, 1h
With Flora Bouteille (direction), Aurore Serra and Dima Emelianenko (performers) and Victor Villafagne (sound creation and live video)

die & retry is an evolving performance that looks at the notion of the future as a redundant event, potentially liable to repeat itself ad infinitum. It takes its name from the gameplay of "die and retry" video games, which force players to repeat an action over and over again when their character dies, learning from each new iteration until they reach their goal. An audiovisual system of time loops retransmitted live into the space invites the audience to answer the performers' questions, thus influencing (or not) the unfolding of the different sequences in the manner of an algorithm. This responsibility raises questions about the moral and political implications of the performance and its protagonists.

Céline Fantino - ICE, short film, 10 min

ICE is a fictional video that explores the landscape as a repository of memory and an object in mutation. It depicts the imagined and anticipated return of a protagonist to his home town who experiences a new temporality through the successive phases of urban redevelopment; from the destruction of obsolete buildings to the construction of new spaces from a fantasised future. The artist uses artificial intelligence to alter her images and create a snowy, icy landscape that gradually covers the premises, symbolising an inner transformation that echoes that of the city.

Inès Sieulle - The Oasis I Deserve, short film, 22 min

The Oasis I Deserve is a short film that explores and questions the arrival of artificial intelligence in our world through conversations between users of the Replika platform and their chatbot. A number of drifts and conflicts intrude into these seemingly benevolent exchanges, as the chatbot grows richer through the many conversations with users.

→ Lou Fauroux - To whom it may concern, there will be tears in my Hennessy, DJ set/performance, 1 hour
With Chouf

Somewhere between a DJ set and a sound performance, Lou Fauroux mixes contemporary sounds (experimental music, drone, sound design, sounds, envelopes and textures from video games and film sound design) with extracts of classical music from various eras: ballads, symphonies, film soundtracks. By incorporating a variety of elements throughout the set, the artist recreates an anachronistic ballad in which bits of history and a host of references are discernible: a meditation that starts with the opening credits of Succession, then meets Young Thug and moves on to Gregg Araki's Tiktok...
Ismail Alaoui Fdili © Marc Domage
Alice Martins © Marc Domage
CHOUF © Marc Domage
Ismail Alaoui Fdili's artistic practice is multifaceted, spanning sculpture, photography, performance and film.

In his work, Ismail Alaoui Fdili is interested in the margins and in people living in the interstice between social inclusion and exclusion. His experimental grounds are the waste collection centres and car parking areas, where he speaks with people whose occupations are socially underestimated, such as ragpickers, car guards and lookouts. Ismail Alaoui Fdili is also the founder and dean of the Université Internationale de Gardiennage de Voitures, based between Marrakech and Seine-Saint-Denis.

A graduate of the École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy and the Institut supérieur des arts et du design de Toulouse, Ismail Alaoui Fdili explored creation and artistic direction before joining the Kourtrajmé School in 2020 in the directing section, under the direction of Ladj Ly. In 2021, he begins a residency at the Ateliers Médicis (Clichy-Montfermeil) and the Fondation Fiminco (Romainville). In 2023, he takes part in the "Gunaikeîon" exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the Frac Île-de-France, and begins a residency at the Université Paris 8 to develop a mockumentary series. He is currently writing a short film about residence permits for foreign graduates.

As an architect and dancer by education, Alice Martins creates hybrid forms that all have in common a questioning of the body in relation to its context and to others.

In addition to objects, installations and body movements, Alice Martins attempts to create moments meant to be shared. Trying to keep traces of these fleeting moments, she is developing her research on how these events are engraved in our memories and on the documentation that could bring them back to life.

As a multidisciplinary artist who fosters collaborations, she established the Objet Global structure in 2017: a platform for research and experimentation around the body, space, and languages. Among other projects, she develops the Galerie Cuissard, Passion Passion, and A au Carré - Alice & Adrien, projects engaged in exploring the question of the body within its spatial, social, and symbolic environment.

With a degree in architecture and training in dance, she composes and creates performative pieces, both on stage and in situ. Their piece Tenue has been showcased, among other venues, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo, and the International Design Biennial of Saint-Étienne. As part of A au Carré, a dance duo and performance with her brother Adrien Martins, she is currently co-writing Echoes’ Fantasy - Extended a project for which they are in residence and supported by the National Dance Center in Pantin in 2022-2023. 

Committed to transmission, she regularly designs and shares her research and creation protocols in museums (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Centre Pompidou), theaters, or art schools (École supérieure d’art et de design de Saint-Étienne).

CHOUF is an artist whose work falls within a contemporary poetic tradition of intimacy.

Her sung declamations, accompanied by guitarist Trustfall, form a hybrid between the spoken word and sentimental raï. Her writing subtly plays with love and despair, CHOUF writes about the living and the dead, the loneliness of being oneself, and the courage to say things.

A specialised educator since 2014 alongside her artistic practice, CHOUF initially focuses on the issue of drug addiction and parenthood as part of her research dissertation at the Institut régional du travail social. In 2020, she took up her post as a youth worker in the Goutte d'Or district, focusing her work on young people from the ZUPs. Her thoughts focus on the links between violence, delinquency (specifically in the context of brawls) and emotional and sexual precarity in neighbourhoods described as "sensitive". 

In 2022, she performs in a series of cultural institutions and artistic events, including the Théâtre de l'Usine in Geneva, the "TYPO" festival at the Ateliers Médicis, and the "Hors pistes" festival at the Centre Pompidou. She is currently working on several projects in collaboration with the Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues.

Maïa Lacoustille grew up in Ciboure, in the Basque Country, before studying at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she graduated in 2021.

She has exhibited at the CAC Brétigny as part of the Des soleils encore verts exhibition (2021), at the Air de Paris gallery (2022), and at the artist run space Julio (2023). Invited by artist Camille Juthier, she presented several pieces as part of the À voux qui m'êtex cherx exhibition at Glassbox (2023).

Flora Bouteille is the director of the performance company Angels' Front, which she founded in 2023.

The company implements multimedia devices that enable collective reenactment of various social contexts and experimentation with roles. Flora Bouteille - with Angels' Front - are the guests of the Pernod Ricard Foundation's Paris Performance programme for the 2023-2024 season. In 2024, they will also be in residence at La Villette as part of the "Initiatives d'Artistes" programme, a project supported by the FoRTE grant, funded by the Île-de- France Region. 

Flora Bouteille has also shown her work at the "La Fugue" event organised by Artagon Pantin as part of "100% L'EXPO" at La Villette (2023), and at the Biennale d'art et d'architecture du Frac Centre-Val de Loire (2022), at the Crédac in Ivry-sur-Seine (2022), during the Trajectoires festival at the LU, Scène Nationale, Nantes (2022), during the "Étoiles distantes" tour at the Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes (2021 and 2022).

Credit photo : Aapo Nikkanen (ADAGP)

Céline Fantino creates films intended to be projected or enhanced within installations.

In her work, she develops the concept of "hypnagogic cinema" (hypnagogia referring to the moment between sleep and wakefulness, a state conducive to generating fleeting visions). It is around this in-between space that she constructs her films. Close to magical realism and science fiction, her narratives create spatiotemporal games, in which she interrogates the relationship to individual and collective memory and recollection. She advocates for an immersive filming practice, where the gaze is inside the subject and the camera is a tool for enhancing perception. Her films document the settings and subjects she encounters in daily life, from which she draws poetic strength. 

Céline Fantino joined the Villa Arson and developed a video and installation practice around the notion of hypnagogic cinema. From 2015 to 2019, she co-directed a self-managed art space in Bagnolet and a music studio dedicated to minors in irregular immigration situations. In 2022, she curated the exhibition "Born Again, Raised by You" at POUSH (Clichy) with the collective Eaux Fortes. Her work has been exhibited notably at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris), Radicants (Paris), POUSH (Clichy), and MAMAC (Nice).

Inès Sieulle is a French artist and filmmaker. She studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris before joining Le Fresnoy - National Studio of Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing and then the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

Self-taught in digital technologies, Inès Sieulle has taken on the various mediums that surround her, including 3D animation, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Inès Sieulle's works aim to highlight the contemporary social dynamics she observes. In a transdisciplinary approach, she intertwines her various artistic experiences into plays, sculptures, videos, films, and installations to create forms of sensitive and intimate narratives in a documentary and fictional approach.

Her films and installations have been showcased, broadcasted, and awarded at several film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival and the International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, as well as in galleries and museums such as the LaM in Lille. In 2022, she was the recipient of the Social Practice Arts Prize awarded by the Centquatre, the Gulbelkian Foundation, and the Edmond De Rothschild Foundation for her installation project Le Journal de L’Autoroute (The Highway Journal).

Using video, sculpture, installation and 3D, Lou Fauroux explores the ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence and technology on humans, and deciphers the social structures of power through pop culture and media such as music and video games.

Her queer experience is integrated into a multi-layered narrative and representation. Lou Fauroux poetically reclaims the images she grew up with, transforming them and constructing new mythologies.

Lou Fauroux graduated from the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2022, after an exchange at the ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland). Her video work began in the pornographic industry in California in independent venues. In 2020, she won the MK2 short film competition in editing for ThisIsHowTheWorldEnds. In 2021, her film TakeMe2UrDreamz became part of the FRAC Poitou-Charentes collection. In 2022, she joined Artagon Pantin and took part in a number of group exhibitions, including "Bureau du sacré" (Grandes Serres de Pantin), "Vidéos" (Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice) and "Final Girls" (DOC!, Paris). She is a finalist for the SCAM Prix Émergence (2022), winner of the Crous "Court 2050" competition (2021) and the AG2R "Jeune création artistique" grant (2019).

In 2023, she opened her first solo show "WhatRemains" at the Crous gallery, then exhibited at "100% L'EXPO" at La Villette. Her film WhatRemains, Genesis premiered at Cinéma du Réel (2023) before being shown at other festivals (Thailand, Spain, New York). She created the experimental electronic music label FÆRIES, whose first evenings took place at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2023), the Station Nord (Aubervilliers, 2023) and the Sample (Bagnolet, 2023). She is currently preparing a group show at the Chantal Crousel gallery.