[artinfo] Transitioners: Le Producteur, an exhibition by Société Réaliste at La Synagogue de Delme, France.

Ferenc Grof ferenc.grof at gmail.com
Sun Dec 9 21:00:55 CET 2007


Opening on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 6pm.

Exhibition from December 15, 2007 to February 17, 2008

La Synagogue de Delme welcomes Société Réaliste for their first
personal show in an art center in France. Société Réaliste is an
artistic cooperative, created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy
in 2004. Their activity consists in developing various research
enterprises, successively dealing with territorial ergonomy,
experimental economy, counter-strategy, or political design, as is the
case of the project Transitioners, initiated in 2006, and for which
they have been invited to Delme.

Transitioners is a trend design agency, specialized in political
transitions. Transposing the principles of prospective design,
generally used by professionals in the field of fashion, to the field
of politics, Société Réaliste questions the revolution (transition?)
as a central category for contemporary Western society. How can a
"democratic transition" be produced? What is the role of design in the
permanent conversion of political flux into mythology? How can the
effect of an event on citizens be transformed into a controlled
Depending on present atmosphere, Transitioners defines the general
climate, in which future social transformation movements will take
place, in order to maximize their efficiency. By examining the
evolution of revolution as a form, the project offers visual and
semantic tools ready to be used by whoever wishes to: logotypes, color
charts, lexical fields, etc.

For each new step in the project, Société Réaliste conceives a new
trend collection, originated by a precise historical event. In 2007,
the inspiration for Bastille Days was the French Revolution. The 2008
collection, entitled Le Producteur and inaugurated at la Synagogue de
Delme, is based on the utopias developed during the first three
decades of the 19th century, by thinkers such as Fourier, Enfantin,
Rodrigues, Cabet, Owen, or Saint-Simon. A wide panorama (pictorial and
theatrical device inherited from that time) will be inscribed in the
architecture of the art center, allowing the visitors to discover the
latest research of Transitioners.

The central question of the 2008 collection is related to the
progressive separation of liberalism and socialism. While they have a
common origin and were not differentiated by major utopist thinkers,
the events of 1830 and 1848 progressively opposed them. This binary
confrontation between liberalism and socialism still constitutes the
basis of our common representations. For Transitioners, the
interrogation of this ideological chasm, of its accuracy and its
contradictions, is central. The stake of the collection Le Producteur
consists in knowing how these movements share a common ideological
base, and how the later can nourish the design of future transitions.

In 2006-07, the Bastille Days collection was presented at Trafo
Galéria (Budapest), at the Kunstpavillon (Innsbruck), on the occasion
of the 2nd Biennale of Moscow, at Mains d'Oeuvres (Saint-Ouen), at Ze
dos Bois (Lisbon) and at the Martine Aboucaya gallery (Paris).
Société Réaliste will also present Transitioners: Le Producteur from
January 29 to February 24, 2008 in the context of Transmediale 08:
Conspire, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt of Berlin

For further information about projects by the Société Réaliste cooperative:
www.societerealiste.net ; www.cac-synagoguedelme.org


Opening hours:
Wednesday to Saturday from 2 to 6 pm,
Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
Admission free
Closed from December 22, 2007 to January 1st, 2008


Centre d'art contemporain la Synagogue de Delme
33 rue Poincaré - 57590 Delme FRANCE
+33 (0)3 87 01 43 42

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