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A Constructed World have produced an extensive and polyvalent body of work over the past twenty-six years. The more recent subject matter interrogates who is speaking and what can and cannot be said, represented in a variety of media. 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.

 

A number of A Constructed World's works have accumulated into research-based projects and include the participation and contributions of many people in various countries. One such work is Explaining contemporary art to live eels, conference-style events where invited art experts transmit their research to live eels held in aquatic installations in exhibitions, later returned to the waters they came from. The project began in 2004 and has since been commissioned by numerous art centers and museums including the CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; La Panacée, Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier; Villa Arson, Nice; Cneai and department 93 Seine-Saint-Denis. The most recent version of the work, Parler aux angiilles, was made along the Quay de l'Aisne with invited guests and passers-by contribuiting to an already significant archive of speech, texts, objects and documentation.

 

A Constructed World have made retrospective and survey exhibitions including 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; Nuit Blanche at the Convervatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; and Paola Pivi's Grrr Jamming Squeek, Sculpture International Rotterdam.

 

In 2018 éditions Mix published Idéologie & A Constructed World, a by-lingual book of the complete writings of A Constructed World. 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 distributed by Telephone publishing in English speaking countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Complete biography (EN)          Biographie complète (FR)

 

 

 

 

Speaking device 2017

 

commissioned by the Cneai and the département Seine-Saint-Denis (93), for the project Parler aux anguilles

September 2017 - June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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