Visuel, Comment anticiperiez-vous?, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette

Lafayette Anticipations kicks off the monthly cycle 'How would you anticipate?' with artists Myriam Lefkowitz and Simon Ripoll-Hurier.

Every month, Lafayette Anticipations invites various artists and practitioners to develop a formal, performative, discursive and/or collaborative proposal, to be explored over the course of an evening, based on whatever the notion of anticipation inspires in them. How would you anticipate? is the question asked of guests, chosen for the relationship their practice enjoys with speculation, imagination, research and the quest for alternatives.

Between 1970 and 1995, the CIA and later the DIA developed the Stargate programme, which aimed to exploit the field of parapsychology so as to create new techniques of espionage. The heart of Stargate was the study of Remote Viewing. Considered as one of the most promising practices in the channelling of extra-sensory perceptions, Remote Viewing is a technique of seeking impressions about places, events, objects or people, removed in space and/or time (both past and future). Once the Stargate programme was declassified, its former protagonists began publishing books, hosting conferences, and so on. As a result, the practice of Remote Viewing has begun to spread. Associations have been created and consulting companies have since taken over.

Simon Ripoll-Hurier and Myriam Lefkowitz studied this practice and now share it in different domains. Gathering a small group of people around them, like a club or an association, they do regular training in order to hone their skills in non-sensory perception and exploit the poetic potential of their practice. For this session at the Fondation, they have engaged the help of four assistants (Mahitha Dasi, Catalina Insignares, Mira Ramaherilanja and Théo Robine-Langlois) around targets connected to the Fondation. For the occasion, a publication will be designed on-site by graphic designer, Charles Villa.

Entry to this event is unrestricted and free-of-charge, in the limit of available places. The Lutz Bacher exhibition, The Silence of the Sea, remains open during the event until 10pm.
An artist choreographer, Myriam Lefkowitz's work has centred since 2010 on questions of attention and perception, through a range of immersive devices that require a direct relationship between spectators and artists.
Her work was presented at the 55th Venice Biennale (‘Oo’, Lithuanian and Cypriot Pavilions); at the CAC Vilnius; La Galerie (Noisy-le-sec); Med15 (Medellin); Le Mouvement (Biel); Creative Time Summit (Stockholm); Situations (Bristol); Performing Opposition (Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro), and the Kadist Foundation (Tokyo and San Francisco), etc. For the past two years, she has been working on a collaborative project entitled ‘La Piscine’ (Swimming Pool), bringing together different practices of attention born from the research of eight artists, infiltrating and shared in public spaces. ‘La Piscine’ was invited to intervene at the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers; Survival Kit in Riga; Bergen Assembly; Kaaiteater in Brussels, and at the Garage in Moscow. She is currently commissioned by ‘If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution’ (Amsterdam). In 2018, Myriam Lefkowitz and Simon Ripoll-Hurier started developing a collaboration around the practice of ‘remote viewing’, which will take the form of a film.

Issu des arts visuels et développant une pratique entre cinéma et radio, Simon Ripoll-Hurier traque des situations d'écoute.

Entre 2014 et 2017, il développe Diana, une recherche qui inclut film, vidéo, performance et création radiophonique, au cours de laquelle il va à la rencontre de différentes pratiques amateurs qu'il met en relation (radioamateurisme, birdwatching, ghost seeking…). En 2020, il dresse le portrait d'un orchestre symphonique Macédonien enregistrant les bandes-sons de films du monde entier (Age of Heroes). Depuis 2018, il explore la Silicon Valley contemporaine sur les traces d'anciennes expérimentations parapsychologiques de la CIA. et élabore une recherche qui prend la forme d'un documentaire de science-fiction.Par ailleurs, il est membre du groupe Les Agamemnonz et a co-fondé *DUUU radio.