21.09.2014 at 4.30 pm

A stuttering exhibition
(Une exposition qui bégaie)


To celebrate the end of the exhibition Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças, CRAC Alsace is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Vanessa Desclaux


with the participation of the artists Jesse Ash & Ben Cain, Sven Augustijnen, Anna Barham, Agnès Geoffray, Dominique Petitgand, Linda Quinlan and Cally Spooner.




a stuttering exhibition





Anna Barham, A stuttering exhibition / An exhibition that had been (trailer), 2014.
Copyright of the artist.




Following the exhibition Stutter, imagined by Nicholas Cullinan and Vanessa Desclaux in 2009, gathering works by Sven Augustijnen, Anna Barham, Dominique Petitgand, Michael Riedel and Will Stuart at Tate Modern, Vanessa Desclaux has put into question the format of the exhibition in the context of a lecture given at King’s College, University of London in 2010.


Presented again at CRAC Alsace, A stuttering exhibition (Une exposition qui bégaie), questions the presence of works of art in the context of a lecture situation. Through her spoken discourse, the figure of the curator affirms her desire to control the articulation between the works. The curator nevertheless breaks down the traditional apparatus of the lecture by deploying, alongside her verbal discourse, a material discourse that does not depend on the former, emancipated from the hierarchy that habitually command the relationships between works and language.
The phenomenon of stutter, proposed as a filter able to connect the works through different artistic, cultural and political issues related to the functioning of language and its relation to the norm, is interpreted in multiple ways by the invited artists. The works make use of video, performance, sound, text or light. While the lecturer attempts to transform a past exhibition by adapting it to a lecture situation, making the exhibition inevitably stutter, some artists have chosen to intervene directly on the lecturer’s speech, redoubling, interrupting or staging it in various ways.