When he first resided at FLAX in July 2017, curator-in-residence Fabien Danesi conducted his research in LA’s diverse cultural communities in preparation for a series of events inspired by the monthly program Les Lundis du Pavillon he curated at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Danesi, a respected curator and lecturer in art history, deploys video, performance, and music-based programs as a focal point.
This initial exploration results in The Dialectic of the Stars series, presented from February 11-25, 2018. It includes five events that will feature French and American artists who come to perform and/or produce new artworks in our midst. Each event takes place at a unique venue in Los Angeles and blends into our local partners’ programming through a dialogue with Danesi about Los Angeles’ art scene and local artists. The series draws a constellation of venues, a “star path” to be followed by the public, which is invited to drift all over the city.
This two-part residency (July 2107 and February 2018) is an opportunity to introduce the L.A. art scene to the French curator and allows him to include L.A.-based artists in his future projects abroad. Additionally, a specific project will be developed with FLAX bringing L.A.-based artists to participate to an event in Paris.
The Dialectic of the Stars
by Fabien Danesi
It’s not only in Hollywood that we can see some stars. In fact, our globalized culture is full of celestial bodies which enlighten the night. This natural metaphor could be understood as an image too romantic for our 21st century, an idealist representation not well-adapted to the biotechnological transformations of our environment. But it’s above all a way to explain that art works can be helpful for tracing some trajectories, as stars were used by sailors for finding their path on the seas. I can explain that “The Dialectic of the Stars” is an attempt to reconcile my researches on postmodernity and on Situationist International. We’re part of liquid societies, of complexes oceans of information. But contradictions have not disappeared. For all that, “The Dialectic of the Stars” is not a philosophical system which clamors for coherence and unity. It’s more an unscientific method for creating a new north-west passage like Thomas de Quincey attempted to do.
The “multinucleated geography” of Los Angeles seems perfectly suited to engage this movement. The city is contrasted and ambivalent, full of energy and strangely entropic. In this perspective, we will try to drift from one location to another, and assemble different references and proposals for changing Los Angeles in a large playground. I don’t know exactly where this treasure hunt will drive us but I hope this journey will permit all involved to feel the same pleasure than the surfers in the heart of the crashing waves.