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Bertrand Dezoteux Under the hummer

Bertrand Dezoteux describes himself as “an amateur anthropologist, an observer of life in virtual worlds.” From his “3D nature documentary” (Le Corso, 2008) to an “animated film of non-realist puppets” (En Attendant Mars, 2015) and an “essay on the mythologies of French modernity” (L’Histoire de France en 3D, 2012), amongst others, Dezoteux has worked with video to explore computer technology and cultural references, becoming in the process a master in the arts of assemblage and digital bricolage. Between entertainment and uncertainty, odes to science and intentional clumsiness, the artist creates complex visual objects through his use of multiple forms and knowledges.

Invited to create a work for the season “Discordia, Daughter of the Night”, Bertrand Dezoteux transforms the façade of Palais de Tokyo into a shifting territory using video mapping techniques (projection of visual content specifically designed for monumental, 3D structures). With this original project, we climb aboard a Hummer to cross a desert landscape inhabited by characters who parade along the roadside. The artist navigates between disturbance and derision, creating a world in which we may no longer have a place. As soon as night falls, the façade of Palais de Tokyo comes alive, with its entrance transformed into a vortex that visitors are invited to enter to disappear into the image, beneath the Hummer.

Curator : Daria de Beauvais


From 15/02/2018 to 22/02/2018

from 18pm to midnight on the façade of Palais de Tokyo


Bertrand Dezoteux

Bertrand Dezoteux (b. 1982, lives and works in Paris and Bayonne) is a graduate of the Haute École des arts du Rhin in Strasbourg and of Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing).

He has previously been invited to Palais de Tokyo: in 2010 in the context of Modules – Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, but also as part of the group exhibition “Dynasty” organized jointly with the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, and in 2017 as part of the group exhibition “The Dream of Forms”. He regularly exhibits in France (Frac Acquitaine, Centre Pompidou) and abroad (New York Film Festival, Frieze London). In 2015, he is the winner of the Audi Talent Awards for his project En attendant Mars. In March 2018, his work will be shown at the Théâtre des Amandiers (Nanterre); in April, Galerie Édouard Manet (Gennevilliers) will hold a monographic exhibition of his work, which will also feature in the collective exhibition “Gravité Zéro” at the Abattoirs in Toulouse.

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