Welcome on our blog !

Dear teacher and classmates,

As explained during the English class, our project for this semester is about the exhibition "From One Revolution to Another" ("D’une revolution à l’autre"), curated by the artist Jeremy Deller at Le Palais de Tokyo. Your answers to our questionnaire showed that you would be interested in visiting this exhibition with us. This outing will take place on Friday, 12th December, 2009 at 6 pm after the class.

By the way, we can tell you more about the organization of this event. Thinking of you and guided by the original shape of the exhibition, we decided to avoid the classic “guided tour” which could be exhausting. Actually, our aim is to point some details in order that you construct your interpretation by yourself. That is why we have prepared a playful quiz that we will give you on the spot. Furthermore, we are preparing audio files, that you will be able to download in few days. These podcasts will give you more indications by our own voices.

Through this first contact by our blog, we also take the opportunity to introduce you to the way we will use it. This blog will serve as an interface between you and us. Indeed, we will post articles related to the social, historical and cultural background of this unusual exhibition. In your turn, you will have the possibility to enrich the content of the blog by writing comments, notably with your feed-back after the visit of the exhibition. It should be a productive way to share ideas. And we are sure that topics like popular culture and cultural revolution would inspire you!

We would be glad to see you in great number at Le Palais de Tokyo!

Let’s make this blog alive!

Laura, Romain, Emilie, Anna and Aurélien.

Revolutions for a definition

The purpose of this exhibition is to show up the links between industrial and cultural revolutions, which made History. Consequently, all these unclassifiable pieces exposed give us the feeling of a social and anthropological approach, even if Jeremy Deller doesn’t consider himself as a scientist. Even, he refuses to theorize his work. He explained that he just has been touched by all this micro-revolutions he bumped into during his life and wanted to show us some snapshots from it. In the end, Jeremy Deller made a work of collection and archive.

Revolution? How such pieces coming from popular traditions (as painted eggs, flowered pants or a mechanical elephant), presented in the main room “Folk archive”, could be revolutions? Jeremy Deller considers, in parallel of the great historical periods as the industrial revolution, that each creation made by a man could be a real revolution in itself. It is about changing its own life or trying to have influence on the others ones by amuse them during a village party for example. All actions created in the aim to establish social ties could be considerate as a resistance to impersonality of life and then, as a revolution.

Within the framework of our English tuition, we have made the choice to focus our project on the British popular culture through the exhibition “From One Revolution to Another” at Le Palais de Tokyo. Of course, we are not pretending to draw an exhaustive definition of what is, in essence, a moving entity. Indeed, it is just a try to reveal some particularities of a singular folk.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the exhibition was entertaining and funny, but as I understood jeremy deller's definition of "revolution", for him every action can be a revolution. the industrial revolution brought with it a cultural revolution, this revolution influenced individuals who expressed themselves and ispired other individuals and so on. every action could be a revolution... working a lot could be a revolution against boredom, and sleeping the whole day could be a revolution against working for example. so deller could have exposed every possible thing...