6x6/36 : An Artists Book/Exhibition project
Chair: Collectif NUNC: Cyril Thomas, Jean-Luc Soret, Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud
2nd Chair: Jean-Luc Soret
I Wish You Were Here! is a series of thematic projects put forward by the French-based Collectif NUNC (Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud, Jean-Luc Soret and Cyril Thomas) in an attempt to re-examine the relationship between print and online publishing and new ways of exhibiting art.
6 X 6 / 36 is the first issue in the I Wish You Were Here! series. It consists of 6 notebooks and 6 sets of stickers designed by 36 artists, and includes a total of 144 artworks.
Both an exhibition and a publication that takes the form of 6 notebooks and sets of stickers contained in a purposely designed box, 6 X 6 / 36 explores an innovative and nomadic approach to contemporary art. Each notebook is displaying the creations of 6 artists who share a common theme. Each work is printed on a sticker as a data matrix. Thus, the reader can access the artwork – or information about it– on a website via his/her smartphone or a specific application. 6 X 6 / 36 blurs the boundary between print and online publication and exhibition formats. The stickers can be peeled off and placed in a home or public place, allowing the user to design his/her own exhibition.
6 X 6 / 36 moves away from the traditional format of the gallery or museum exhibition to appropriate urban and public space, as poster designers and graffiti artists have long done. It follows the flow of data on the internet, spreading all over the city and reaching the most incongruous locations. The artist’s signature and the motif no longer have any existential value; they take second place to the online artwork.
At ISEA 2011 in Istanbul, we are launching the first notebook in the 6 X 6 / 36 series on the theme of mobility.
The six artists are : Annie Abrahams, Beatriz da Costa, Nicolas Frespech, Antti Laitinen, Albertine Meunier, Servovalve
The project is published by Subjectile.
More information is available at http://nunc.com
More information about 6 X 6 / 36 is available at http://www.nunc.com/6x6.html
Bios of the Presenters
Cyril Thomas is a doctoral student at the Université Picardie Jules Verne and Telecom ParisTech (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications). He is a freelance journalist and freelance curator. He is a frequent contributor to the French online review poptronics.fr, as well as to four other reviews: Ciel Variable (Canada), Le Magazine du CIAC (Canada), Patch (Belgium) and Scènes (Belgium). He is working on a special issue of the French review MCD about the internet of things. As a freelance curator he is preparing three international exhibitions about digital and performance art.
Jean-Luc Soret is a photography and new media art curator at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (www.mep-fr.org) in Paris.
He is the artistic director and co-founder of the @rt Outsiders International Festival (www.art-outsiders.com), an annual show devoted to works at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology. Member of the curatorial team of the European Month of Photography (www.emop-mutations.net), network gathering institutions from Moscow, Bratislava, Vienna, Berlin, Luxembourg, Rome and Paris, he also collaborates with the CNES (French Space Agency / www.cnes-observatoire.net) since 2003 to promote the impact of space in the cultural and art fields.