Exhibition: September 16 – November 6, 2016 (Villeurbanne, France)
Press trip: Thursday September 15th 2016
Opening: Thursday September 15th 2016 at 6.30 p.m.
“There is an abundance of traces, everywhere, you can read them. All you need to begin is a question, you will notice that this halts time. What will happen to you? What do you not know about yourself?
How will you make sense of what has happened to you?
This sudden stop drops you into space. Details and similarities — sensuous and non-sensuous — spaces you have to navigate with your body and with everything that your whole body already knows: you notice the difference between top and bottom, left and right, centre and periphery.
Now, use the same basic embodied scheme you would use to remember how to dance.
Everything matters, everything is matter and therefore can be read. There are words, materials and forms. There are clouds, footsteps, fried eggs, paintings, shadows, shells, holes and walls.
Reading begins with a question. Any question. The question you choose will reorient your perception (after all, perception is instantaneous foresight). You might notice the way a C crawls and LOUD swells and shadows disappear into an inflating light these are the signs that are the sensations you use to make sense.
The title of the exhibition is the final passage of “Come on All You Ghosts” by Matthew Zapruder.
You may realise that your question has a hole from which its original preoccupation has emptied out. Perhaps you will even replace preoccupations with questions as a way to stop holding the world in place, already occupied by over-rehearsed perceptions. Perhaps a question is a mirror you can hold up to watch yourself pass by in the street without pretending that you can also watch yourself from the balcony.
Reading is a way of knowing the world by inhabiting it. The invented geometries in which you are immersed are the navigational tools you need in order to move and touch and make sense.
The way your question will be answered has infinite variations that you perceive laterally.
All you will get is a tentative answer, a vague sense — now repeat the question.
Photo: Jean Vong; Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York
Jason Dodge is an artist living in Berlin. His work has been the focus of several solo presentations over the last 20 years in commercial galleries such as Yvon Lambert, Casey Kaplan, and Franco Noero, museums and art centers, biennial exhibitions including those in Lyon and Venice. His work is held in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and IAC among others. In 2012 He founded the poetry press Fivehundred Places in order to introduce the work of contemporary poets to artists, and everyone who reads poems.
Valentina Desideri has a background in choreography and is a specialist in divination – She was a tutor in the Cure program at Sandberg Institute. She is the director of PAF Performing Arts Forum in st Erme, France. She has collaborated in many projects with poets, artists and thinkers including CAConrad and Denise Ferreira da Silva and now with Jason Dodge.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including “Come On All You Ghosts,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2011, and “Sun Bear,” published in 2014. “Why Poetry,” a book of prose, will be published by Ecco Press in the spring of 2017. An associate professor in the English department and the director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College of California, Zapruder is also editor at large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, Calif.