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BIMAL PROJECTS PRESENTS:

JEAN-BAPTISTE BOUVET

Y E S I L I K E T H E T V

Opening: 28th November, 6 pm (until 31st January 2009)

The young Jean-Baptiste (Caen, 1980) does not have a TV in his Berlin flat.
He’s intrigued by the Big Questions, although, as his friend Guillaume Ollendorff writes in the text that
accompanies the exhibition, "he does not make a big fuss of it".
Among these Questions is life’s eternal return, which includes destruction. This exhibition focuses by choice
only on construction, literally, specifically, and utopically.
"Yes I Like The TV" is articulated in three steps and on three different screens:
- "Yes", an intrusive blue monochrome made of thick layers of paper, almost a wall.
- "Eclipse", a video projection showing a pipe and a rag.
- "Ode", a three-letter animation for a monitor.
Out of the loud fuss of the "millions of billons of floating entities who go through us, infinite signs, sawed
identities, scattered subjectivities, tele-realities", the abbreviated TV is expanded again, regains its breath of
tele-vision - vision from a distance.
The scandal, the stumbling block, seems for a moment suspended, removed by the simple constructions. But
simplicity can be disturbing, close to an insult to the violent world.
And Jean-Baptiste knows very well that what is removed, screams. The gloomy antichambre installation of
“Ode” loops around this.

Early developers "are an embarrassment to the natural social order, and malicious good health feeds on the
danger which threatens them, just as society mistrusts them as the visible negation of the equalization of
success and exertion. What is fulfilled in their internalized economy is the unconscious yet implacable
punishment which was always in store for them. What was once proffered to them with illusory good will, is
now cancelled out. Even in psychological destiny, an authority watches over to ensure that everything is paid
for. The individual law is a puzzle-picture of the exchange of equivalents."
(T. Adorno, “Minima Moralia”, III, 101)


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BIMAL PROJECTS PRESENTS

Y LIVER

JUDE

Brunch opening: 5th October, 3 pm (Exhibition until 22nd of November)

Bimal Projects is proud to announce the opening of the first solo show of the art duo Y Liver in Germany.
With questioning Jewish identity being a leitmotiv in Y Liver’s work, the topic stands as central in this
exhibition called JUDE. Its main ingredients are Glamour and Politics in an undisclosed mix of percentages.
Since pop star Madonna renamed herself as Esther we could welcome the Jew as a new trend. This does not
diminish the issue for those who prefer deeper thinking in times of post-national Diasporas and uncertain
citizenships and affiliations.
The gallery windows and walls are offered to the artists to be covered with heavy writings in high gloss
black lacquer. This “offence” to the gallery brings back to mind similar vandal acts perpetrated all through
history against Jewish shop windows. Rather than as victims, Y Liver behave here more as vandals
themselves; however not only is the offence self-inflicted, it also takes the shape of ambiguous messages of
love. An unorthodox love story is also narrated in the remix of new and old video works. Are Y Liver flirting
here with Bimal, with each other, or, perhaps, with the city of Berlin?

Special guests:
Dimitrios Antonitsis artist and curator
Otto Kallscheuer philosopher and political scientist
Antonio Marras (KENZO) fashion designer

A performative press conference, Ashkénazi Love, will be held in the gallery at 3 pm on the day of the
opening.

With the kind support of:
Mairie de Paris 19ème
Università di Sassari
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Hans-Rosenthal-Loge e.V. Berlin


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