For the past years, Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni have been working on a protean opus recounting in reverse a history of technology. This exhibition takes shape at the crossroads between the three cycles of works that compose it, reflecting on the recently completed first season The Unmanned, a history of computation in eight films, and prefiguring the trajectories of further seasons, which research notions and narratives of value and negativity.
A new cycle of works titled The Everted Capital debuts here with a thermal camera film and a daily performance that interrogate different modes of accumulation, the reciprocal consolidation between what is held to be valuable and invaluable at different historical junctures. Another new project, The Form of Not is introduced through a sculptural installation, which draws equally on algorithmic calculus and anthropological diagrams to compute the form of the ‘first blade’, around whose action the inaugural event of a ‘first cut’ would have taken place.
Value and negativity, transformation and recursion also underpin The Outlawed, only episode of The Unmanned presented at Fondation d’entreprise Ricard. The film centers on the last part of Alan Turing’s life, enduring an enforced hormonal treatment and undertaking morphological explorations in Greece. It visualizes ‘the cut’ as the negative, reversed form through which politics and bodies, biographies and abstractions, natural and technological becomings both maintain a semblance of separation and are agonically hybridized.
Performance everyday: voice-over of The Everted Capital prologue
The Unmanned has been supported by Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the Lyon Biennial 2015, the Liverpool Biennial 2016, Palais de Tokyo, Kadist Art Foundation and Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de Vassivière.
All the episodes of the first season The Unmanned will be showed at the Centre Pompidou on the 30th of June at 3 PM, with the artists Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni. More here.