The Book Exposed
"TRY AGAIN, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER."
May 2-17, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
with the presence of Arlt
Made in Town
58 rue du Vertbois
Made in Town is hosting the result of 15 years of collaboration between Philippe Millot based in Paris and Cent Pages editions based in Grenoble. This show will allow to discover the exciting process of the designing and manufacturing of books, singular objects made of intelligence, ink, paper and words, result of this long-term evolutive and demanding dialogue.
Philippe Millot defines himself as a book drawer. French, he was born in 1968 in Kampala, Uganda and he works in the graphic design field as part of the duo SpMillot founded with her wife Sophie Millot. He is currently teaching at the National School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD) in Paris.
This is L'Essai, book edited in 1997 by the Association for the dissemination of French thinking (ADPF) which lead to the first encounter between Philippe Millot, at the book drawing, and Olivier Gadet at its manufacturing. This item is founder of a work that has been built over time, in an ongoing dialogue between technology and design. This first meeting then opened to the achievement of two Cent Pages book collections: Rouges-Gorges and Cosaques.
The development of a book collection is a quest for permanent perfection, an evolutionary journey continuously enriched on the formal and manufacturing aspects. As such, each new published book is both a concrete attempt to a better result than the previous book, but it also becomes the draft of the book to come. This is what has inspired the baseline of the exhibition borrowed to Samuel Beckett: "Try again, fail again, fail better".
In 2012, on Véronique Marrier's invitation, in charge of the graphic design mission at the National Center for Visual Arts (CNAP), the Rouges-Gorges collection entered the National Fund of Contemporary Art (FNAC), with all the tools and mock-ups composing the intermediate steps in the realization of the published books.
In the exhibition L'Essai: Try again, fail again, fail better, Made in Town will present and sell and on the Shop the Cent Pages editions books, along with posters, postcards and catalogs.To this selection of novelties there will also be a choice of books from SpMillot's personal library, along with various works ordered by museums or published by the ADPF and Culture France (French Institute), and finally trade off rarities.
At the show opening this May 6th, 2014, the musical duo Arlt (Eloise Decazes and Sing Sing) will be present for pop and poetic performance.
The Robert Four Manufacture perpetuates the Aubusson tapestry know-how, one of the royal Aubusson tapestry factory, which was created by Jean-Baptiste Colbert in the 16th century.
Starting on May 20th and in parallel of the D'Days, Made in Town is donning Denmark's colors and entering a 100% design program. The workshop is welcoming within its walls the Nordkraft project which showcases Danish lifestyle essentials through Internet: selling furniture, objects, graphic art, with brands and designers typical of the Nordic spirit.
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.