MEMBRAINS
Florian Sumi

26.05—21.07.18

  • U+270B-000

    Raised Hand

  • ⊏✋⊐

    Graphic

  • w.n. [Amada]

    Black print

  • Lycée Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Brétigny-sur-Orge

    w.d.

Florian Sumi with Emma Balimaka, Adrien Cruellas and Dragovan

 

A line of 72 figures wraps around us, showing a blank stare. Each of them displays the face of a human being or a spiritual entity that consciously or intuitively manipulated magnetic or energy fields, which might also be called exchanges of information. Morgane le Fay is seen alongside Doctor Jade Allègre, Thot, the God of the Moon, and William C. Levengood, the famous fake biophysicist and ufologist. 

For his first major exhibition at an art institution, Florian Sumi is spelling out what has invigorated the whole of his work to date, driven his dances and gestures, and steered his diagrams and artifacts, yet remained unformulated until now, namely, that keen awareness of the flows that pass through us, those routes taken by the digital, organic, sensual, cellular or psychic communications that we employ daily. 

At the middle of the venue, a metal and mineral desk, a footbath cabinet, manual clocks whose pulleys must be activated by hand, and a home laboratory that is fermenting microorganisms. For it is indeed a question of usage here. Maybe belief is important, but what we observe above all is the phenomenon itself. It is revealed in depictions of these waves in and around us. Forms clash and run into one another, from the diagrams produced by Spooky, the machine that heals by using frequencies, to animated runes that wiggle and jiggle about, not to mention artificial imagery of cells at work. And all around us, voices and images swell, soften, and slip unctuously through the portal of our ears. There is the hypnotic voice of Emma, who practices white magic, the recorded voice of Marcel, who transmits the secret of the universe, and the authoritarian voice of Fiona, who reads the system of the world by joining Darwin to ancient animism. And there is Florian’s voice. He repeats these sentences, that a happy cell is the cell that communicates, renders its membranes porous, and opens itself to otherness to enrich itself by exchanging new information. Biologically the recipe for growth is the opening that points to the other. Like a mad scientist, Florian Sumi doubts, tests, and above all produces sumptuous experience machines—esthetic, scientific, anthropological experiences the reading of which is ours to determine. 

Céline Poulin


A graduate of Dijon’s School of Fine Arts under the guidance of Marc-Camille Chaimowicz, Florian Sumi (b. 1984, Dijon, France) lives and works in Paris. He is represented by the Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro (Paris). Sumi was the artist in residence at Le Parc Saint-Léger between 2012 and 2013 and exhibited at the PM Gallery in Berlin, Favorite Goods in Los Angeles, and FRAC Pays de la Loire. Between 2015 and 2016, he took part in several group shows, including “New Babylon” at the Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro (Paris); “D’autres possibles” at Le Pavillon Vendôme Contemporary Art Center, Clichy; “Les Incessants” at La Villa du Parc Contemporary Art Center, Annemasse; and “Janus: do you pray for me?” at the Machete Gallery of Mexico City. In 2017, the Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro presents his first solo show. Several Florian Sumi's artworks are part of collections such as Frac Pays de la Loire, Cube—Centre de création numérique (Issy-Les-Moulineaux) and Collection Famille Servais.

This project has been carried out in partnership with Le Cube—Centre de création numérique, Les Fabriqueurs, Jean-Pierre Timbaud Highschool (Brétigny-sur-Orge) and Théâtre Brétigny, and with the support of Labaye • Éditeur and Brionne Industrie.

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Agenda

  • Saturday 26 May, 5 pm-9 pm

    MEMBRAINS

    Vernissage

    For his first major exhibition at an art institution, Florian Sumi is spelling out what has invigorated the whole of his work to date, driven his dances and gestures, and steered his diagrams and artifacts, yet remained unformulated until now, namely, that keen awareness of the flows that pass through us, those routes taken by the digital, organic, sensual, cellular or psychic communications that we employ daily. 

    Free Paris-Brétigny shuttle is available by request at reservation@cacbretigny.com. Pick-up at 5 pm at 104 avenue de France, 75013 Paris (the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand metro stop).

  • Until 21 July 2018

    A call for participants MEMBRAINS

    Screenings and workshops

    At each year’s end, CAC Brétigny deploys its final show at different areas of the region. MEMBRAINS will continue at other venues with screenings of the artist’s videos and workshops designed to echo his work. 

     

    Socio-cultural center, multimedia library, association, recreation center, feel free to contact us to organize a workshop or screening at your venue: reservation@cacbretigny.com or +33 (0)1 60 85 20 76/78.

  • Every Wednesday, 2.30 and 4.30 pm, and by appointment

    White magic workshop

    Starting with the formulas transmitted by the practitioners of white magic that Florian Sumi worked with for the show called “MEMBRAINS”, participants will come up with, in the guise of a symbolic object, an aromatic drink or graphic design, a talisman to make their wishes concrete.


    Children aged three and older. For further information and reservations: reservation@cacbretigny.com or +33 (0)1 60 85 20 76/78.

  • Tuesday 12 June 2018, 7 pm

    Conversation with Ingrid Luquet-Gad

    Escougnou-Cetraro Gallery, Paris

    In conjunction with the show, the Escougnou-Cetraro Gallery (Paris) has invited the art critic Ingrid Luquet-Gad for a conversation about Florian Sumi’s work.

  • Saturday 30 June 2018, 3 pm-6 pm

    L'aura du cadre

    Conversation between Kevin Muhlen, Lilou Vidal, Florian Sumi, and Céline Poulin, moderated by Damien Airault for C-E-A

    The show can be considered as part of a whole with Russian-doll-like parts fitting into one another, ranging from the city, its urban planning, neighborhood, and population, to a particular architecture. How does all that affect choices touching on the artist, the curator and the objects that are shown, communications, programing and the outreach done with the general public? 

    A conversation organized with the professional federation Commissaires d'exposition associés and with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International. Reservation is required since seating is limited: reservation@cacbretigny.com or +33 (0)1 60 85 20 76/78.

  • Friday 6 July 2018, 6-8 pm

    White magic workshop and screenings

    At Centre d'hébergement Emmaüs, Forges-les-Bains

    At each year’s end, CAC Brétigny deploys its final show at different areas of the region. MEMBRAINS will continue at other venues, notably at the Centre d'hébergement Emmaüs of Forges-les-Bains, with screenings of the artist’s videos and workshops designed to echo his work.