A Constructed World














A Constructed World have produced an extensive body of work over the past twenty-six years. Their current subject matter interrogates who is speaking, what can and cannot be said and what is unseen and unspoken. A Constructed World's performances, activated by people, paintings, objects, speech, conversation, philosophical texts and music, attempt to counteract the narrowing discourses and tedious processes that pervade the space of culture and politics. They invite the company of others and have a close group of artists, writers, curators, art historians and philosophers they work with.


Ongoing works include Explaining contemporary art to live eels, conference-style events where A Constructed World invite art experts to transmit their knowledge to live eels held in aquatic installations in exhibitions. The project began in 2004 and has since been commissioned by numerous art centres and museums such as the CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; La Panacée, Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier; and the Cneai, Pantin. In collaboration with the department Seine-Saint-Denis and the Cneai the project moved to the canals of Paris and Pantin where the public were invited to Parler aux anguilles. This work is now a comprehensive archive of speech, objects, documentation, effects, affects and printed material contributed to by hundreds of people from 2004 to 2018.


Retrospective and survey exhibitions include A Dangerous Critical Present, Museo d'Arte Contemporea di Villa Croce, Genova; Based On A True Story, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne; Saisons Increase, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; and Increase Your Uncertainty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Performances have been commissioned by institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Paola Pivi's Grrr Jamming Squeek, Sculpture International Rotterdam; and Nuit Blanche at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris.


In 2018 éditions Mix published Idéologie & A Constructed World, a by-lingual book of the complete writings of A Constructed World, 2001 to 2018. The forty plus texts make evident the artist's overall ideology, providing a background context to their wider project of inclusion, collaboration and bringing people together. The book is distributed by les presses du réel in Europe and published and distributed by Telephone publishing in English speaking countries.






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Installation from the archive, Explaining contemporary art to live eels, 2004 - 2017