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Romancero Gitano - French Hair

French Hair is a double sided project. The first side is a event taking place at a corner hairdresser in Marseille on the 31st of August. The second side is a web platform presenting the works of the participating artists along with documents and media related to the event. French Hair is an art show which aims to explore open narratives and collective experience in a singular social context.

The scene takes place at a hairdressing salon.
La société des objets en présence se met en conversation.

the scissors :

I have a story I need to tell you !

the hair clipper :

I guess this will be old time…

the bottle of shampoing :

Let it speak ! We are all bored in here an I’m sure an exciting story will enjoy us all !

le rasoir :

J’ai personnellement beaucoup de peine à me réjouir d’histoires sans importance.

the mirror :

le rasoir, watch your language ! For the sake of us, please.

the scissors :

Well, if I may speak in the middle of this brouhaha…

the bottle of shampoing :

Tell us please.

the scissors :

Well, I just wanted to relate a conversation I had with comb, which as you all know, is missing since several days now. This conversation was about story telling…

the hair clipper :

I really don’t know why we ought to be involved in the “sophisticated” conversations you had with the beloved comb who mysteriously “disappeared” a few days ago, even thought I have my own opinion on that point..

the mirror :

the hair clipper, your rudeness is ruining our conversation

the scissors :

I know not everyone here has the touch required to belong to a place dedicated to beauté and wellness. I will pursue anyway. Our conversation with comb was about story telling. Or more precisely about this idea of correlation between narratives and media. Comb was defending the more mediatised our lives get, the more present the narrative is.

the bottle of shampoing :

A media society is a society of narratives ? I don’t follow..

the scissors :

Well, there are two ways of seeing this. The first is informational. When you use a media to communicate, you necessarily miss a part of the reality. There is a hors-champ, an offscreen, which hold everything of the experience your media won’t be able to transmit. The second way is historical. It’s about memory. When I relate the conversation I had with comb, I have to face the subjectivity of my own. It’s not about being honest or dishonest, about being loyal or telling the truth. It’s about being me, with my own spectrum of perception, my emotions and desires. So even with the rigour and the will of being objective as stone, I will necessarily tell you a story when I relate an event.

le rasoir :

C’est très bien tout ça, mais je ne vois pas en quoi ces élucubrations nous concernent.

the mirror :

It’s right, how does that concern us ?

the scissors :

Well, fundamentally, it doesn’t, since we are speaking objects. I just thought it would be a fun story to tell…

Curatorial Group

Romancero Gitano is an experimental curatorial group formed by Alain Barthélémy, Benjamin Collet, Laure Rogemont and Chloé Serre. The research and experiments of Romancero Gitano are oriented toward hybrid forms of art shows including narratives, sport events, dancing, sculptures for the dogs, internet community, and any form of social event that crosses the boundaries of the space/object paradigm.

Artists

Alain Barthélémy‘s work is composed of texts, objects, and media which take part of a program one could qualify as anthropo-fictional. His production most often brings to the surface missing narratives, origins and context of the objects being left to the unknown. His material is, in that sense, as much the multiplicity of the untold stories as the physical existence of his installations. Untold, but yet rooted in a speculative anthropology, which would go beyond its original subject of the anthropos, to include an extended network of beings, from the machine to the animal through the invisible and the unspeakable.

Benjamin Collet deploys, assembles and compares many events and images; how things and images are built up; what they hide and what they mean. He sets displays made of tools, materials and features in aim to create speeches, tales and fictions. Combining writing, documentation, archiving as well as sketch, sound and video, his installations are kind of «ideas cases». All those fragments and tracks form/create a kaleidoscopic investigation of our world.

Marc Etienne makes pieces speaking for themselves and being laconic at the same time, pieces which are absurds and making sense, pieces which are obvious and vague, indecisive and determined at the same time. He doesn’t want his pieces to be definitely how they look like. He likes to change the texture, the dimensions, the meanings according to the occurrence. Which is maybe for him a way to avoid taking decisions too quickly.

Pierre Gaignard‘s work is related to a wild ethnology, it is above all because his films, sculptures, or performances, are objects of study which do not take any distance with their subject: when he is interested, for example, in Atlanta rap, he does so in a documentary mode that takes care of an energy capable of translating the maximum absorption of what this music transmits.

Marie Grimal was born in 1992 in Amiens. She studied at Beaux Arts in Lyon and at the School of Art and Design in Saint-Etienne. She had the opportunity to participate in several exhibitions: Streep-tease at Somme-Toute (Clermont Ferrand), Jardin d’hiver at Quatre-Vingt-Onze (Paris), Peinture en pâture at Villa Belleville (Paris), Promenade domestique to St-Pierre Church by Corbusier (Firminy), 45 °north 5 °south at the Bernard Ceysson Gallery (Saint-Étienne) and at the Saint-Étienne International Biennial of Design in 2017. She realized several Bel Ordinaire residences at Villa Belleville and at Somme-Toute.

Hélène Hulak et Guillaume Seyller is an artists duo working with painting and Virtual Reality. They share a commun research around the questions of the body and its representations as long as a certain taste for darkness. Their collaboration produce a strange cosmology, populated with flashy monsters traveling from
drawings to paintings, passing by VR installations and 3D scenes.

Christopher MacInnes is an artist based in London. Taking computing and networks as a starting point he works with software, hardware and organisms. Using the diverse vectors of our planetary networks, MacInnes attempts to trace the mycellenic tangle of chaotic phenomena across platforms, landscapes and bio-synthetic ecologies

Camille Soulat is a visual artist focused on the concept of memory ; she observes her relatives before transforming them into digital painting. Frozen scenes, captured buy the blurs and filled with saturated colors. The layers of pixels overlays and mix in a digital lazyness, as heavy as sedative.

Graphic Designer

Laure Rogemond is an independant art director based in Paris. She focuses on fashion and contemporary art projects in the fields of artistic direction, photography and editing. Whether it’s a book, a space or a visual identity, she uses graphic design as a social vector. She explores social issues such as the refugees crisis, gender or work organisation. Thanks to a rigorous approach, her colorful and conceptual universe questions our stereotypes and behaviors.

…by guest curators invites four curators each year from international digital art galleries, online spaces, biennales and festivals to present online projects and commissions for a period of three months. Each curator is encouraged to showcase artists within or outside of their networks, and to experiment with the platform and how they present projects. This strand of AOS initiates conversations with similar spaces globally and contextualises our work on an international scale.

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