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Walter Benjamin >< Marcel Duchamp

From Franck Ancel: “During a trip to Barcelona in 1997, a railway workers? strike blocked off the French-Spanish border to me. This chance situation enabled me to explore two border villages at the feet of the Eastern Pyrenees. Two significant structures caught my attention: the Walter Benjamin memorial in Port Bou on the Spanish side called Passage by Dani Karavan, and, on the French side, the H?tel Belv?d?re du Rayon Vert built by L?on Baille, the Perpignan architect.

On one side there is this memorial to Walter Benjamin who committed suicide on 26 September 1940, and on the other a building in the boat style of the 1930s containing a former cinema and theatre, listed as a 20th-century heritage building, whose name, for me, is immediately synonymous with Marcel Duchamp.

27.09.03-Benjamin-Duchamp-0.gifI would have to wait until the electronic projection of 23 November 2002 at the convent of La Tourette (built by Le Corbusier and Xenakis) to be able to question artistic and aesthetic boundaries in a more direct manner, in order to find out the necessary information for a search that has enabled me to talk today about these two locations in Catalogne.

Benjamin?s thought and Duchamp?s art are scheduled to be brought into play during the weekend of 27 September 2003 at this Franco-Spanish border location, and this is seen as an imaginary and symbolic meeting. It is a result of, and follows, the mark that these two great figures have left behind them which has totally transformed artistic and aesthetic boundaries in the 20th century.

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This production will cross physical boundaries and will link the two locations of Port Bou and Cerb?re. In other words, the Walter Benjamin memorial in Spain and the H?tel du Rayon vert in France. The event will attempt to mark the boundaries of the art disciplines and will be mainly held in the H?tel?s theatre auditorium where our audiovisual reception will be held.

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These days, it is almost considered to be an essential requirement that this comparison will use new technologies. It will therefore be through the use of wifi wireless network, together with interactive software, that we will travel beyond the physical boundary.

Our journey through and between these two locations reconnects a whole set of different information:

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– The fictional novel Trait? d?abr?g? de litt?rature portative (Abridged Treatise on Portable Literature) by Enrique Vila Mata and published in 1985, and which depicts Duchamp and Benjamin in Port Bou as part of a secret society linked to the number 27,
– The Rayon Vert laser created by Dani Karavan for the Electra exhibition in 1983 which linked the Mus?e d?Art Moderne (Modern Art Museum) of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and the Assur Tower located in the D?fense quarter,
– The photograph entitled Rayon Vert by Denise Bellon for Duchamp, which was given to the set designer Frederick Kiesler, for the superstition room at the surrealist exhibition, held in Paris in 1947, the same year that Music for Duchamp was composed by John Cage.

Convergence points of the universe that have hitherto been parallel, and overlooked links, will appear at this event. This fake dimension will, however, can give another meaning to a trip, appropriate to our world, which is henceforth informational and chaotic.

This gathering consequently offers you a short-lived journey across a virtual world of concepts. It will extend the enquiry into the notion of the decline of the ?aura? in the wake of computing technology, and serves as homage to Walter Benjamin.”

Contact Franck at franck.ancel at wanadoo.fr


Aug 31, 11:13

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