French artist Julien Bismuth (*1973, lives in New York and Paris) works at the interface of visual art and literature. Most of his work builds on texts found or penned by the artist. Bismuth’s approach combines words with objects, photographs and film material, integrating them within collages, installations, performances, and video works. Bismuth also founded an independent publishing house Devonian Press together with Jean-Pascal Flavien in 2005. He has recently published three books with Motto in Berlin. His work has been shown in venues including the Tate Modern, Kunsthalle Wien, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, CRAC Alsace, Bloomberg Space London, ICA Philadelphia, the Palais de Tokyo, and the IAC in Villeurbanne.



Untitled (stay), Part 1 & Part 2

The performance Untitled (Stay) is structured in relation to latent states of being such as waiting, idleness, and boredom. Rather than seek to produce these states, the performance instead aims to address them, by means of the gradual composition of a text, performed for the duration of the work. Julien Bismuth will perform his act of writing in two parts. He will produce two texts, two variations on the same text, like two parentheses installed at both end of the night. Subtle events or rather processes will be staged alongside this action, using inanimate or barely animate objects such as a plant, a glass of water, or even the performer’s chair.

Time: 8:30 pm and 5 am

Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / 3rd Floor / East Room