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IDEAL.LOOP

12 May – 7 July 2007

Espace Croisé has created a video programme called IDEAL.LOOP for the Espai Ubu in Barcelona for the LOOP festival, in partnership with the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais regional art collection.
For nine years, the contemporary art centre Espace Croisé in Roubaix has been showing IDEAL programmes of films they simply like. In these programmes, films of various aesthetics and artists of different generations are not necessarily linked by a common theme.
With this new IDEAL, the notion of staging is present. The programme aims at exclusive and intense moments: the setting up of an unusually intimate relationship with a gabber (Johan Bérard (F), Shadow dancing, 2007); an unexpected reinterpretation of Westside Story (Shahram Entekhabi (GB), 8:1, 2006); the emergence of the supernatural (Michelle Naismith (GB), The Captains, 2006); the summum of a cruel fairytale (Alice Anderson (GB), Souffler n’est pas jouer, 2005); the strange wanderings of an actor that happens to be canine (Raphaël Zarka (F), Rooler Gab, 2004); the fluctuation of doubt between past and present (Marie Voignier (F), Western DDR, 2005); the manipulation of an inspired image (Rachel Reupke (GB), Now Wait for Last Year, 2007); an
allegory of the state of the world (Adel Abdessemed (F), Foot on, 2005)... An atmosphere of floating, latent violence, diffuse tension, gravity, without any superfluous effects. The music determines the amplification of these tensions under artificial and studied lights. Each film applies its own formal language to the narration.

From beginning to end, beyond the truth of unique and unusual moments, they pace the fiction in a short-circuit between present and past, hesitate between grace and pure violence, magic and imminent drama, choreography and threat of battle, distraction and exhibition in abandoned fairgrounds… In these interacting climates, are we in the presence of mirages?


RACHEL REUPKE
3 february - 7 april 2007
The video work of Rachel Reupke situates itself between cinema, photography and painting. Landscapes, constructed meticulously by assembling moving and static images, depict scenes of a post-industrial age. Computer Generated Images (CGIs), car advertising, spaghetti westerns, webcams and postcards are manipulated and perfected until they reach a state of hyper-reality. This deliberate blend of truth and fiction (both in the style and in the content) allows the viewer to explore the cognitive space between present and the possibilities of the future.
Following a residency in Peking in 2006, and under the title 24 Hour Fresh Air, Rachel Reupke has created three new works for the Espace Croisé:
Now wait for last year, 2007
Untitled, 2007
24 Hour fresh air, 2007


PUSHPAMALA N.
23 September 2006 – 13 January 2007
Born in Bangalore, India in 1956, Pushpamala N. studied sculpture at the faculty of arts in Baroda. She has worked in performance driven photography for several years and has recently began to explore video. She incorporates popular culture in her work, and incarnates, in her ironic photographs, a variety of easily identifiable characters. She explores sexuality, space, and history, challenging cultural stereotypes and examining life in urban India, in an often humoristic manner.
This exhibition took place as part of Lille 3000’s Bombaysers.


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