Froment fromenté

mise-en-scène, CAG, 2014, curated by Shawn Dacey 

(...)You created a cabaret inside an exhibition by Aurélien Froment (Fröbel Fröbeled). You called it a tight critique in loose pants, about preppy art that travels well, folding the entire show inside a tupperware demonstratiom, while your assistants were cutting perfect llines of ritalin and aderol on the fashionable grids. You offended the gallery director, he did not show up...

-Nigel did not show up because he had heard rumours that we asked a bunch of Down Syndrome citizens to 'come play dress up, and go hug Nigel', which was true. The woman at the Institute insisted that people operating with Trisomy 21 'strive to be normal and lead normal lives' and that our project is stigmatizing them. We insisted that normality was questionable. Ovide's presence helped us look normal for the meeting. We often used him as a front, a secret weapon, everytime we needed to look normal or excellent, everytime we returned something to the store or met with a banker. We always needed to have someone looking very sane and wise, as part of the entourage, when we had to ask the impossible. We eventually dropped the Down Syndrome idea. Everything was hapening so fast at thee time, we basically produced one happening a month. It took a lot of energy to mobilize, and of course even more energy to deal with the aftermath of each project, casualties, which became part of our practice (...)  (excerpt from VENDUE)

Photos courtesy of Kathrine Braga,Tanya Crail, Owen Ellis, Patrick Campbell

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FROMENT FROMENTÉ

  

un pastiche en 7 actes

 

sur l'exposition d'Aurélien Froment

Frobel Frobeled

un cabaret anti-hégélien 

 

Marie-Hélène Tessier................démonstration Tupperware 

Emily Bach.........................................................sonates allemandes pour violon, interludes

Marquois.................................................................synthèse d'Hegel dans un contenant de céleri

                                                                       et lignes d'Adderall sur la table quadrillé

Sydney Gregoire......................................démonstration de recettes de Sizerp

Emmett Rose ....................................................démonstration de danse en 3 mouvements

Chase Porter.................................................................assistant-démo molécules de Ritalin et Dexedrine

Steven Audia............................................video IKEA-Gay et DIY IKEA Expedit

April Killer.....................................pastiche of pastiche Clown 1

Dolly Frank Harry..........................pastiche of pastiche  Clown 2

Jane Smoker....................................................identité modulaire drag queen strip tease

  

Contemporary Art Gallery

 

Vancouver