On Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4.30pm, screening of the film The Saint-Simonians' Performance by Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, as part of the exhibition Good luck with your natural, combined, attractive and truthful attempts in two exhibitions.
Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet present the film The Saint-Simonians' Performance, shot this summer in Aspach, at the end of a one-week workshop at CRAC Alsace.
The new chapter The Saint-Simonians' Performance is realized in collaboration with artist Matteo Rubbi, who was invited to recreate his performance Sistema Solare. In this work, he asked a group of students and young artists-graduates from HEAR (Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin) to take the place of the planets and match their movements to those of the Earth and the celestial bodies.
For this particular recreation, Louise Hervé, Chloé Maillet and Matteo Rubbi worked on the specific historical context of the Saint-Simonians, who in the 1830s came up with a similar strategy for putting people in touch with the stars. Together the participants created an alternative, utopian solar system, far away in time and space, in which the movements of the planets—like the relationships between people—are different. This project gave place to a collective performance which will be documented and incorporated into the film Spectacles sans objet.
As Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet put it, "Even if Jean-Jacques Rousseau was hostile to theatre, as he makes clear in his Letter to d'Alembert, he did not reject all forms of spectacle in democracy. But this spectacle should have no object and no audience—or rather, the spectators should be actors themselves. In brief, spectacle should be a form of participatory performance."