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PULSIONS celebrates a pointed creative dialogue between France and California.

This contemporary art raid delivers a brilliant cultural experience to Bay area communities. It invites the audience to feel the impulse of the French art scene through a selection of recognized and growing artists engaged with science and politics.
PULSIONS questions French artistic identity within a US context by framing exchanges, encounters, and rallying moments. Explore, discover, marvel, the first edition of PULSIONS ushers a call for sharing and expressing complex emotions.

 

–  FIRST EDITION –

Organized by the Alliance Française Silicon Valley and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Curated by Kalie Granier.

Will be produced at:

. The 836 M Gallery .

FEBRUARY 11TH – MARCH 5TH, 2019  

Opening, February 13th

 www.836m.org

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. The MAH, Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz .

MARCH 11TH – 18TH, 2019

Opening, March 16th

 www.santacruzmah.org

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. The Pro Arts Gallery .

OCTOBER 4TH – NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019

Opening, October 4th

www.proartsgallery.org

 



 

PULSIONS came about due to a series of observations with respect to the state of contemporary art in France. In our increasingly globalized world where identities and cultures are multiple, is it still relevant to speak of the influence and impact of French vision on the world of art today?

The French art scene draws a wide international audience primarily due to the liberal view of contemporary art that characterizes it, where the uniqueness of each artist and body of work is prioritized at the expense of the cultural context. However, it is this very culture that influences the artists who make up this group. PULSIONS seeks to tap into this French force by bringing together different artists, each of whom is unique, to create an original and powerful artistic experience.

Given that when we view culture from the outside our perception is enhanced, the choice to house PULSIONS at MAH Museum of Santa Cruz California, in the proximity of Silicon Valley, directly inspires the spirit of this exhibition. With a focus on graphic art, PULSIONS explores worlds where the influence of science, technology, and politics are at the forefront. It evokes images of a California that is caught somewhere between myth and scientific reality. Each artist through their respective chosen field (typography, cosmology, meteorology, and other writing systems), questions the relationship between human beings and technology, the natural world, and the universe. In doing so, they discover the connection between science and spirituality, fusion and alienation.

CURATOR: KALIE GRANIER .

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Le projet PULSIONS est né d’un constat, d’un état des lieux autour de l’art contemporain français. Dans un monde globalisé, où les identités et les cultures sont à la fois multiples et mondialisées, est-il encore pertinent de parler de vision française en terme d’impact et d’influence dans l’histoire de l’art actuel?

Si la scène artistique française bénéficie d’une large audience internationale, c’est avant tout à travers une vision libérale de l’art contemporain, qui privilégie l’individualité des artistes et des oeuvres au détrimentde leur contexte culturel initial qui, pourtant les influence. PULSIONSsouhaite ainsi actualiser cette énergie collective française, en réunissant différents plasticiens, différentes individualités qui, ensembles, formulent une équation artistique originale et percutante.

La perception d’une culture étant d’autant plus forte sortie de son contexte, la dimension géographique de PULSIONS, présentée au MAH Museum de Santa Cruz en Californie, tout près de la Silicon Valley, inspire directement l’aura de cette exposition.Au-delà d’une direction artistique très graphique, la ligne éditoriale de PULSIONS explore et coordonne des univers aux influencestechniques scientifiques et politique très marqués, en référence à l’imaginaire culturel qui s’est mondialement construit autour de la Californie, entre mythe et réalité scientifique. Ainsi chaque artiste,à travers des domaines de prédilection qui leur sont propres tels que la typographie, la cosmologie, la météorologie, et autres systèmes d’écritures, interrogerons la relation entre l’Homme et la technique, la nature et l’univers, et comment l’Homme s’en saisit pour écrire le monde, entre science et spiritualité, entre maîtrise et aliénation.

 

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Organizer: Douglas Hull, Alliance Française Silicon Valley and Juliette Donadieu, Consulate of France – Curator: Kalie Granier – Venue: Nina Simon, Stacey Garcia, MAH Museum Santa Cruz – Seb & Julie 836M Gallery –  Natalia ProArts Gallery – Art direction: Kalie plus Céline (+ Ophélie Bard intern) – Text: Célia Decalonne – Webmaster + Homepage photo: Élisabeth Dembele – Visual merchandiser: Maren Schnabel