Palais de Toyko presents GAKONA

Ripped off of e-flux, right now….
1233944664image_web_2

GAKONA
February 12 – May 3 2009

Micol Assaël: /CHIZHEVSKY LESSONS/
Ceal Floyer
Laurent Grasso: /HAARP/
Roman Signer

Show opens Thursday February 12th, 2009
From 5 p.m press visit
From 8 p.m to midnight : public opening

PALAIS DE TOKYO
13, avenue du Président Wilson
F – 75116 Paris
Tél : +33 1 4723 5401 & +33 1 4723 3886
Fax: + 33 1 4720 1531

http://www.palaisdetokyo.com

A few houses, a service station, a post office, a few “diners”… And an enigmatic scientific base. Gakona, a small village in the center of Alaska, is home to the American research program HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program). Inspired by the work of the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), researchers there are studying the possibility of the wireless transmission of electricity by means of ionizing the high strata of the atmosphere. But because of its military funding and the phantasms associated with electromagnetism since the 19th century, HAARP has also become an inexhaustible source of rumors. Climatic disruption, influence on human behavior, a giant electronic communications intelligence system … Powers worthy of science fiction are attributed to the forest of aerials that bristle up all over the base.

GAKONA, the first session of 2009, lies at the point where the paths of fact and rumor, reality and phantasm, science and imagination intersect. It consists of four solo exhibitions: /Chizhevsky Lessons / by Micol Assaël, a gigantic generator of static electricity, /Haarp / by Laurent Grasso (Duchamp Prize 2008), a sculpture inspired by the eponymous program, an exploration of negative space by Ceal Floyer and a set of accident-sculptures by Roman Signer. All immaterial, impalpable, almost invisible works that derive their power from the viewer’s fears and projections.

After 2008, a year characterized by the putting into perspective of the logic of the spectacle, in 2009 the Palais de Tokyo plans to take the question of the exhibition beyond its visual impact. Pursuing its intention of showing works that evade any vague impulse at a fixed, theoretical or esthetic interpretation, it therefore continues to promote a dynamics of looking and thinking based on a permanent oscillation between opposite poles.

Following GAKONA, the program will again engage with the margins, taking an interest in figures like Theodore Kaczynski (known as “Unabomber”) or Paul Laffoley, and artists who cut themselves off from the outside world to develop systems aiming to shift our reality’s center of gravity.

*MODULES
opening every first thursday of the month
*DOMINIQUE BLAIS
ETIENNE CHAMBAUD
05 / 02 – 01/ 03

MATHILDE DU SORBET
FLORIAN PUGNAIRE ET DAVID RAFFINI
05/ 03 – 29 /03

BETTINA SAMSON
CLÉMENT RODZIELSKI
02/04 – 03/05

*
GAKONA THURSDAYS /
*Lectures, concerts, projections every Thursday…
“/People doing strange things with electricity /”: carte blanche to Dorkbot-Paris

*MAGAZINE PALAIS /****
N° 8
*New issue aroung GAKONA : a Nikola Tesla short story by Cory Doctorow, an interview of Laurent Grasso by Marc-Olivier Wahler, two portfolios (Ceal Floyer, Roman Signer), archive documents about Alexander Chizhevsky (selected by Micol Assaël), unexpected experiments with high voltage current, and also a guide section. Free with full-price entry ticket.

For further informations : http://www.palaismagazine.com

*PRESS*:
Dolorès Gonzalez
Tél: +33 1 47 23 52 00
presse@palaisdetokyo.com

PALAIS DE TOKYO
13, avenue du Président Wilson
F – 75116 Paris
Tél: +33 1 4723 5401 & +33 1 4723 3886
Fax: + 33 1 4720 1531

http://www.palaisdetokyo.com

Posted in Geekery, Global Events, News and Events and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. RSS feed for this post. Leave a trackback.

Leave a Reply

  • Upcoming Workshops and Events

    • Events on April 24, 2014
      • Motors
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: April 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Description: Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stepper-motors-workshop-tickets-11025869673

        In this, the second of two workshops based on different types of motors, we'll work with stepper motors. Steppers are powerful motors that provide precision control over the rotation speed or exact position of the motor shaft; they also require electronic circuits or microcontrollers to operate them. We'll talk about how to choose the right stepper motor for the job. We'll build a control circuit based on a 555 timer and a special power driver, connect our motor and start playing. We'll also discuss how to use the Arduino microcontroller to control speed and direction of DC motors, servomotors and stepper motors and look at some alternative Arduino-compatible motor controller boards.

        BONUS: COMES WITH EXCITING MOTOR FUNPACK!
        This workshop costs more than our regular offerings because we give you some awesome and useful stuff to take home with you. Your registration fee includes the cost of:
        A stepper motor
        A stepper motor driver circuit, breadboard-ready
        Assorted electronic breadboard components

        About the Instructor:
        Bill Gentles has worked for the past 30 years as a Biomedical Engineer. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has recently been shifting careers as he has discovered that what he really wanted to be when he grew up was an artist. He previously presented the motors workshop at Interaccess in 2013.

        Refund and Cancellation Policy:

        Refund requests are granted if received 10 business days or more prior to the workshop date. Exceptions to this policy will be clearly stated.
    • Events on April 30, 2014
      • Open Studio
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: April 30, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Location: 9 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON
        Description: Hang out with some like-minded artists, technicians, and nerds. Bring projects and share them, or get help with problems.
    • Events on May 1, 2014
      • Intro to 3D modelling with Rhino
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: May 1, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Description: Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/intro-to-3d-modelling-with-rhino-tickets-11026308987

        Rhino is the ideal 3D modelling software for artists and designers due to its versatility, low cost, and ability to handle a variety of different types of jobs and export to numerous file formats.

        Like lots of other software, Rhino is adept creating 3D renderings with one of its many powerful rendering plugins available. However, this versatile software is also useful for artists creating files for 3D printing, CNC milling, machining and laser cutting. Rhino has also become increasingly popular among designers for its Grasshopper plugin, a parametric modeller that we'll cover in the next workshop.

        In this workshop we'll learn the basic principles of 3D modelling in general, and the Rhino software in particular, by creating our own model. After that, we'll learn how to use the VRay rendering plugin and create a finished CG image.

        MORE INFO:
        What prior experience do I need?
        None! If you've never done 3D modelling before, that's fine. And if you are familiar with another 3d modelling software like SketchUp, then you'll be ahead of the curve learning Rhino, which interfaces a lot differently. And you will probably really like Rhino.
        Do I get to go home with something cool?
        Yes! You'll have made a well-modelled and well-rendered digital image. Hang it on your fridge!
        What do I need to bring?
        Bring your laptop, and have a trial version of Rhino pre-installed. You can download the trial version here: http://www.rhino3d.com/download . Please note that the trial version only allows you to save 25 times before asking you to pony up for the real version, so don't go too crazy before the workshop date. Also... if you're planning on taking next week's workshop on parametric modelling with the Grasshopper plug-in, then be especially stringy with that CTRL-S! If you can't bring a laptop, no worries--just e-mail me beforehand and I'll get you a loaner.
        Is it OK to have a PC or Mac?
        Rhino is native to PCs, so you're all good a PC user. If you're on Mac, you're also in luck... the OSX version of Rhino is still in beta, so it's free, and it won't be much different from the PC version that the instructor will be teaching on. You'll just have to send McNeel your e-mail address to get a download link, and you 'll be part of their "beta testing" team. Woo-hoo! Bad news for Mac users: next week's Grasshopper workshop won't run on Macs, so if you have a choice between Mac and PC, choose PC.

        ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
        Mani Mani (B.Arch. S. + MArch.) is a Toronto based interdisciplinary designer. Mani is the founder and the director of Fishtnk Design Factory- a design and manufacturing studio focused on innovative design processes in architecture, furniture and architectural products.
        Mani's work covers a wide range of disciplines from fashion design to urban planning and has consulted international firms and design organizations. Mani has been an active member of Toronto’s design community since 2007 and he has worked and collaborated with a number of influential local architects.
        Mani's latest research is focuses on responsive architecture and physical computation in built environments.
        Mani is currently a sessional lecturer at Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Sciences and in the past he has taught workshops and been an invited critic at University of Toronto, Waterloo University and the polytechnique University of Timisuara.


        Refund and Cancellation Policy:
        Refund requests are granted if received 10 business days or more prior to the workshop date. Exceptions to this policy will be clearly stated.
    • Events on May 7, 2014
      • Open Studio
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: May 7, 2014 - 10:00 pm
        Location: 9 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON
        Description: Hang out with some like-minded artists, technicians, and nerds. Bring projects and share them, or get help with problems.
  • Recent Posts

  • Sign up for InterAccess Mailing List

    Get reminders about upcoming workshops, exhibitions, and events
    * = required field

    powered by MailChimp!
  • Archives

Swedish Greys - a WordPress theme from Nordic Themepark.