Art by Translation is a research and exhibition program initiated by École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy and École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts TALM Angers and is headed by co-founders Maud Jacquin, Sébastien Pluot and Jeff Guess. This itinerant program collaborates with several international academic and art institutions including CalArts and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House for an exhibition co-curated by Art by Translation and Anna Milone in Feburary until April 2019. Art by Translation is a post graduate program that involves 4 selected artists and curators each year. The 2018-2019 participants are Lila Athanasiadou, Jasmin Blasco, Daniel Frota and Slow Reading Group (Bryana Fritz and Henry Andersen).
Art by Translation’s project in Los Angeles is dedicated to The House of Dust by Alison Knowles. Co-produced by a computer in 1967, the House of Dust was a poem open to multiple interpretations, one of which took an architectural form: a 1968 social sculpture that traveled with Knowles from New York to California when she came to teach at the newly minted CalArts, and hosted numerous performances, readings and classes on campus. Now enjoying its 50th anniversary, House of Dust will serve as a focal point for the research of Art by Translation around translation, art and technology, performance and architecture, and feminism.
The project in Los Angeles has started in January 2018 with the construction of a new structure on the CalArts campus, based on a selected quatrain from the poem. Students and faculty have collaborated on the design and building of the house that is currently used as a focal point for graduate courses on Fluxus, experimental architecture and dance.
During Art by Translation residency at the FLAX House, a series of seminars involving all the collaborators in the project as well as scholars from different disciplines invited to contribute to the research will be organized at the FLAX House and at the Schindler house in preparation of the exhibition at the MAK Center in 2019. Two public events will punctuate their residency.
On March 23, a day of public performances took place at CalArts in the presence of Alison Knowles and including works by the Art by Translation participants, the French artists Félicia Atkinson, Yann Sérandour, Julien Bismuth, and an interpretation of Knowles’ scores by CalArts students.
The next day, on March 24, a symposium entitled “Reframing the House of Dust” took place at REDCAT in partnership with the MAK, bringing together an internationally renowned group of scholars, curators and writers to reflect upon Fluxus artist Alison Knowles’s House of Dust project and the historical and theoretical perspectives it provides on both the Fluxus legacy and contemporary art practices. Featured speakers include: Jasper Bernes, Hannah Higgins, Maud Jacquin, Sylvia Lavin, Karen Moss, Sebastien Pluot, Janet Sarbanes and Nicole Woods,.
Continuing the preparation for the exhibition at the MAK Center, French artist Aurelie Godard will come for a residency at FLAX in July 2018 , studying the vernacular architecture in California and writing a piece about her research for East of Borneo.
In partnership with CalArts MA Aesthetics and Politics Program and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.
Art by Translation is made possible by generous support from Gerald du Manoir .
Additional support is provided by the FLAX Creative Circle including The Skylark Foundation, Arthur W. Forney, Olga Garay-English, John-Mark Horton, and Katharina and Thierry Leduc.