For this addition to the Digressions series Virginie Yassef decided to discuss the process of adapting The Veldt with Mathieu Copeland and Philippe Quesne. This double interview shows an artist, a curator and a director debating dramatisation, the transition from exhibition to stage, the handling of sound, scenography, timing and music, and the search for a new methodology of work.
Since the 1990s Virginie Yassef has been exploring different media – video, painting, photography, sculpture – in a constant oscillation between physical and mental constructs, between science fiction and a game without rules that helps define a potential space for experiment, somewhere between the surface of reality and fantastical projection. In 2018 she adapted Ray Bradbury’s short story The Veldt as a play and presented its first version at La Ferme du Buisson.
Initiated in 2017 by Julie Pellegrin and the Centre for Contemporary Art team in collaboration with Captures éditions, Digressions is a series of interviews (bilingual French / English) that accompanies the programme. Through conversations with guest artists, the notebooks give behind the scenes access and bear witness to reflections, research, methodologies and sometimes the doubts and the trial and error that feed the working process. By giving a voice to artists, the entire collection brings out very singular voices that resonate with each other and explore shared questions around the performance and creation of exhibitions, the physical and political engagement and the decompartmentalization of disciplines.
For each issue, the colour of the cover paper is changed, with or without embossing, to distinguish the publication in relation to each artistic project. The inside pages are printed in one pantone tone and the switch to English language materializes in a double page image drawn from research work. Postcards from the exhibitions are printed and inserted randomly into the notebooks like bookmarks. Claire Moreux’s elegant and dynamic layout follows the meanders of reflection by inviting the reader to navigate, literally, through the text.
Mathieu Copeland is an independent curator and publisher. He cultivates a curatorial practice that subverts the traditional role of exhibitions and is best known for the works, “The Exhibition of a Film”, “Voids. A Retrospective”, “Soundtrack for an Exhibition”, and “A Choreographed Exhibition”.
Trained in the plastic arts, Philippe Quesne is the director of the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre and also a theatre director in his own right. He has created many shows with his company Vivarium Studio, including The Melancholy of Dragons, The Serge Effect, Welcome to Caveland! and Caspar Western Friedrich.
Julie Pellegrin is the director of the Ferme du Buisson Centre for Contemporary Art and is artistic director of the Performance Day Festival.
21,5 x 13,5 cm
French / english
Text: Mathieu Copeland, Julie Pellegrin, Philippe Quesne, Virginie Yassef
Graphic design: Claire Moreux
Coedition: Captures éditions / Ferme du Buisson
General editor: Valérie Cudel in association with Julie Pellegrin
Editorial coordination : Céline Bertin
Copyeditor: Sophie Streefkerk
English translation: Kate McCrickard
ISBN : 978-2-9558778-5-2
1 issue = 6,00 €
3 issues = 13,50 €
6 issues = 27,00 €
9 issues = 40,50 €
6 postcards = 3,00 €