To Give Oneself Work
TO GIVE ONESELF WORK
June 3-8, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
in the presence of the artist
Made in Town
To Give Oneself Work is the reedition of a performance realized by Juliette Roche last year at the Glasgow School of Art. Over many days, from morning until evening, the Parisian artist, born in 1987, occupies a space accessible to the public, organized like an atelier. She works there with wood and various materials towards a final exhibition which will conclude the performance.
This performance privileges the act of working more than the final product. For a week, Made in Town become a theater of questions that emanate from the practice of a manual trade and the uncertainty of forms and materials in the course of their transformation. It is an opportunity to question at once the relation to time – from conception to production; the complementarity of method and intuition; the visibility of work in an atelier. Through this artistic practice, Juliette Roche echoes the reflection and gestures of artisans, manufacturers and designers at work.
"The act of rendering the atelier visible causes me to be more attentive to what I do there. In this way, I do not premeditate the actions that I am going to take. I focus on the context in which I give myself work. Each day I arrive to work with the objective of producing a final exhibition. This is the only thing to accomplish, and the means of doing so are not defined and so I find myself confronted with questions which in the final analysis are inherent to my status and my practice. I ask myself why I have decided to put myself here and what I would like to be able to do. [...] When the exhibition is created, it will only be visible for a few hours." Juliette Roche, on her performance at the Glasgow School of Art.
In the early 2000’s, Benoit Fabrega and his wife moved to Saint-Amans-Soult, a small village at the foot of the Montagne Noire, where they bought a house that they partly turned into a workshop.
Made in Town interrupts the daily grind, taking a voyage south to the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, in pursuit of local savoir-faire and products, desiring (as always) to strengthen the bond between the public and producers. The exhibition Made in Town / Montagne Noire parks its suitcases first at the Castres Economic Fair.
In order to promote the know-how and the characteristics of La Rochère glass factory, located in Passavant-la-Rochère in the French department of Haute-Saône, Made in Town conducted a series of six video interviews of French and European designers, who have integrated the know-how of the glass factory into their creations. Each in their own way, they mastered glass.