Gilles Furtwängler, ‘Door to Beach’, Museum of African Design (MOAD)

Artist's Statement
In my artwork all is supporting words, spoken or written.
All is shaped for an objective and abstract communication,
ironic or moralist, defnitely poetic.
Te base of the texts and words I use is a mix of personal writings and found phrases.
Currently , I am very interested in stealing phrases and words in the discussions I am sharing or in
the ones I am hearing.
Before that, there were the media period , the movies one and the advertising one.
Te main topic of all of my texts could be banality.
Tis banality which is bringing us together, which make us look the same,
leveling hierarchies, which is bringing closer art and dental surgery,
art and Swedish massage, art and World Debt,
World Debt and plumbing, plumbing and well-being , well-being and Formula 1, Formula 1 and
extremists .
Sculpture of words, sculpture of sense and sound.
Cut in the mass proper of Humans.
Separate them into fragments, paste them together to form texts.
Texts declaimed, sung, typeset, printed, displayed.
Text-images that create mental images.
Texts radicals where the sweetness takes over anger.
Texts in which words, concepts, stories are pressed to extract their current essences,
their meaning’s juice, sometimes frivolous, sometimes absurd, sometimes supposed, fed by the
continuous streams of real and commonplace.

Image rights: Photographer: Louis Grobler Artist copyright holder: Gilles Furtwängler

Biography
Awards
2014 Prix Quark, Genève
2013 Prix d'encouragement Prolitteris, remis par Alain Huck
Résidencies
January-March 2014 Résidence Pro Helvetia, Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud
April-May 2013 Nida Art Colony / Vilnius's Academy of Art, Nida, Lituanie
Next shows :
April 2015

  • Loyalty to the material, Le Plateau, Frac Ile-de-France, Paris, France
  • Circuit, collective show at Xippas Art Gallery, Paris
    June 2015
    -Swiss Art Awards, Messe, Basel
    Past Exhibition and past readings
    Solo Show
    2015
    -Silent Partners, (avec Olivier Mossier et Anne Rochat), Galerie Skopia, Genève
    -Ok Heïdi, Makrout Unité, Dufon&Racz, Berne
    2014
    Chérie je m'adresse à toi / La notion de compassion est fondamentale / L'interprétation c'est le bien / Ouvrez la
    fosse aux chips , Quark, Geneva
    -Stay Depressed, Festival de Performances Actions Speak Louder, Die Sonnenstube, Lugano
    2013
    -Pigs are Stars / Au-delà des odeurs et sécretions du désir, Swiss Art Awards, Basel
    -Allo Paradise, Nida Art Colony, Nida, Lituania ( Symposium : On Critical Tourism, Site-Specifcity & Post
    Romantic Condition, curated by Federica Martini & Vytautas Michelkevicius)
    -Il ne faut pas traiter son corps comme une poubelle. Abaissez les ponts-levis. Dans la douceur de ta peau, de tes
    yeux, je vais craquer. La présentatrice pleure, les chinois trient les patates, Marie-Christine Gailloud-Matthieu,
    Lausanne
    2012
    -Souris River, Crédac, Centre d'art d'Ivry-sur-Scène, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
    -Appropriation, Festival Images, Vevey
    -Witz University, Johannesburg, South Africa
    -Ça sent l’éléphant, Espace de Andrès-Missirlian, Romainmôtier, Switzerland
    -I saw that your dad was on Facebook, avec Philippe Decrauzat, Elisa Langlois, Andrea Mercx et Jérôme
    Pfster, Liste 17, Circuit Booth, Basel
    -Montée, descente, Darse, Geneva
    -Bourrelets, Ficus, Bikini, Lyon
    -Circuit, Lausanne, in : hejma doxa / anthropocenus park (curated by Elisa Langlois)
    -Dayiyi, with Makrout Unité, Galerie Dufon&Racz, Bern
    2011
    -Davel 14, Cully, Switzerland
    -Le couscous reste collé entre mes vraies et mes fausses lèvres.Y a une piscine à ton chalet? Piano Nobile, Genève
    -J’ai toujours peur qu’une vulgarité m’échappe, Le Broom - Social Club, Geneva
    -Black should bleed to edge, Galerie de Martainville de l’Erba, Rouen, France
    2010
    -Eden Roc, Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne
    -Noble silence, Doll, Lausanne
    -Au Café du Simplon, Lausanne
    -Links / Galerie Dufon&Racz, Bern
    2009
    -La Bise, Standard/Deluxe, Lausanne (in collaboration with Philippe Daerendinger)
    2007
    -Forde, Genève
    (avec Mathis Gasser)
    -Circuit, Lausanne
    2005
    -La Volée, L’Arsenic, Lausanne
    Group show (selection)
    2015
    -Alpina Huus, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (Curated by Elise Lammer & Denis Pernet)
    2014
    -Riviera, RATS, Café de Mouettes, Vevey
    -Syndrome du cri / Colloque sur le hurlement, unperfectradio.ch, Urgent Paradise, Lausanne
    -Here and Now. Und die Ferne wird zur Nähe, Perla-Mode et Winterhalder Areal, Zürich (Curated by
    Friction, Zürich)
    -Ruidos e Fantasmas, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique
    -CICI'S, Curtat-Tunnel, Lausanne
    -LA REPUBLIQUE, medio tutissimus ibis, Villa du Parc, Annemasse, F (Curated by Président Vertut)
    2013
    -Ni bois pour construction, ni stères d'allumettes, Maison des Arts, Grand Quevilly, F (Curated by Morgane
    Fourey)
    -L'Entrepreneur, Zebra 3, Vitrine de la Place du Parlement, Bordeaux (Curated by Laurent Kropf)
    -Giant Ice Cream Cones, Galerie 1m3, Lausanne
    -Un détour qui nous rapproche, La Grainterie, Houilles, F (Curated by Morgane Fourey)
    -Une exposition sans texte, MABA, Nogent-sur-Marne / Jeu de Paume, Paris ( Curated by Mathieu Copeland)
    -Une exposition parlée, Satellite, Jeu de Paume, Paris (Curated by Mathieu Copeland)
    2012
    -Royal Garden 4 Rivières, journal virtuel sur internet, le Crédac, Ivry-sur-sur Seine, France (Curated by Claire le
    Restif, Federica Martini and Dider Rittener)
    -Marrakech Press, Les Halles, Porrentruy (Curated by Mathieu Copeland & Philippe Decrauzat)
    -L’Homme Blanc n’a plus de peau, 5ième Biennale Muvarte, Maputo, Mozambique (Curated by Luc Andrié)
    -Silver, Gold & Bronze, Artespace Lessing 1, Zürich
    -Multi Plakati, Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne
    -Atlas at last, Galeries de Martinville, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Rouen, F
    2011
    -Ventajas de viajar en tren, Parra&Romero, Madrid
    -Verber, Le Broom – Social Club, Genève
    -No Room to move, Agent Double, Genève
    -Black should bleed to edge, Galerie Martainville de l’Erba, Rouen
    -La Federale à semen-contra, Rotwand Gallery, Zürich
    2010
    -Ein Handvoll Kunst, Ms Stadt Bern / Aarequai, Thun
    -Determinacy, Galerie 1m3, Lausanne
    -La Piscine, La Piscine / Théâtre de la Tournelle, Orbe
    -Je=Ici, Albus Lux, Gallery Roosendaal (NL)
    -Exposition Possible(s), Le Lokal/Le P’tit Balo, Collectif Exit, Montpellier
    2009
    -Clusters : 1 - surrounding John Giorno, Sang Bleu & Brachfeld Gallery, Paris
    -Circuit & Co, Atelier Raynald Mettraux, Lausanne/PS, Amsterdam
    -Post Tenebras Lux, Musée Rath, Genève
    -Hespérides II, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
    -Les Incohérents, Live in your Head, Genève
    -Makrout Unité, Galerie Dufon&Racz, Berne
    2008
    -Soyez résolus de ne plus servir et vous voilà libres, Fri-Art, Fribourg
    -Joseph Hannibal in London, Zoo Art Fair, Galerie 1m3, Londres
    -Joseph Hannibal Now !,Galerie Blancpain, Genève
    -Cyclone, exposition 0, Naphtaline, Lausanne
    -X, Galerie 1m3, Lausanne
    -Videoex, Z ürich
    -Multiply, Diligence / Sous Station Lebon, Nice
    -Water, The Garage, San Francisco
    -Est-Ouest, Espace 72, Dison, Belgique
    2007
    -Curating Contest, Hôtel La Louisiane, Paris
    -Welschland, Substitut, Berlin
    -Ecal, A Success Story in Art and Design, Espace lausannois d’art contemporain (ELAC), Lausanne - Renens
    -Sijang Jeon Eun Neomu Ileo, Heungmiroun Samusil Jeon Eun Neomuneuzo, Forde, Genève
    2006
    -La Cour des Bruyants et le Jardin des Incurables, Makrout Unité, La Russille
    -FF-F-FIN, Espace lausannois d’art contemporain (ELAC), Lausanne
    -Kunstart présente SVP, Théâtre du Tumulte, Neuchâtel
    2005
    -Les Urbaines, La Cinémathèque, Lausanne
    -Editions du Département arts visuels de l’ECAL, Galerie des Multiples, Paris/
    Espace lausannois d’art contemporain (ELAC) ,Lausanne
    -Dehors !, La Vitrine Fox Bravo, Lausanne
    2004
    -6e édition du Festival Apart, Enceinte du Belluard, Fribourg
    Projects
    Performative Opera Say yes or die
    blog : sayyesordie.tumblr.com
    Say Yes or Die is a performative opera created by Anne Rochat and Gilles Furtwängler in January 2011. This
    project revisits the codes of classical opera in performance. From January 2011 to March 2014, Anne Rochat,
    Sarah Anthony and Gilles Furtwängler performed the two acts of this opera.
    Biography Say Yes or Die
    2014
    -Infecting the City, City's Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa.
    -We don't want beans, KingKong Jozi, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    2013
    -Deuxième acte SYoD, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne. Launching of the book Say Yes or Die
    Editions A Plus Trois and presentation of the Second act of Say Yes or Die.
    -Deuxième acte SYoD, Festival.perf, Geneva.
    -We swiss #2, organised by Brac, La Rodia, Besançon, France.
    -Erbra, EPFL, Lausanne.
    -Prix de la Performance suisse, Kaserne, Bâle.
    2012
    -TupadaAction MediaArt, Manille & Sablayan, Philippinas.
    -Festival.Perf, Geneva
    -5ième Biennale Muvarte, Maputo, Mozambique.
    -Premier Acte SYoD, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne.
    -Festival Extra Ball, CCS, Paris.
  • Klappfon, New Jerseyy, Basel.
    2011
    -Quoique vous m’ayez donné la nuit passée…En avez-vous encore plus ? Festival de la Cité, Lausanne.
    Makrout Unité
    Makrout Unité is a collective of three artists living near Lausanne, they are exhibiting artists in a house in the
    countryside of the state of Vaud.
    Circuit
    Member of the artist run space Circuit, Lausanne. circuit.li
    Bibliography:
    2014
    -Phoenix, Lendroit éditions, Seine-Saint-Denis, 2014
    -Charlotte, Vincent Kohler, co-éditions Vincent Kohler et Villa du Parc, Annemasse, 2014
    -Here and Now. Und die Ferne wird zur Nähe, Editions Friction, Zürich, 2014
    -Ni bois pour construction, ni stères d’allumettes, Morgane Fourey, Maison des Arts de Grand Quevilly, Grand
    Quevilly,
    2013
    -Say Yes or Die, A Plus Trois Editions, Lausanne, 2013
    -Une exposition à être lue – Volume 4 (1-2-1), Editions Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2013
    -Procuration subordonnée à une condition suspensive, co-éditions Lionnel Gras, Darse & Mathieu Copeland
    Editions,
    2010
    -Novembre Magazine, numéro 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
    -Eden Roc, Editions Aplustrois, Lausanne, 2010
    -http://lescahiersdebenjy.over-blog.com/
    Audiographie
    -http://www.credac.fr/rg4/index.html
    -unperfectradio.ch
    Collections :
    -Collection Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France
    -Collection of the 12th Decades Hotel, Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud
    -Private Collection Suisse.

About Gilles Furtwängler