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Atrocity Exhibition Archive Paradoxe

Atrocity Exhibition Archive Paradoxe

Atrocity Exhibition Archive Paradoxe

Julien Fronsacq, ECAL / Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne

David Keshavjee, Julien Tavelli, Maximage, Lausanne/Zürich

ECAL, Lausanne

ECAL, Lausanne



A research project at the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) explored in two exhibitions the context and influence of James Graham Ballard's scandalous narrative experiment ‘The Atrocity Exhibition' (1970). This large-format, slim hardcover volume contains five essays that alternate with three sections of mostly full-page pictures from the exhibitions and from an archive of 1960s pulp magazines. Each pictorial section is printed in a different colour mixed 50 per cent with a silver tone. An additional ‘colour' - of 10 per cent silver and 90 per cent varnish - was manually applied to the plates during printing, so that the pages are covered with irregular transparent patches that differ slightly in each copy. The result is a fine and attractive book-object that also creates a mysterious impression with its various enigmatic images and slightly manipulated type. The intervention in the printing process recalls Ballard's thoughts about synthesizing humans and machines.


Videos: Körner Union & Maximage, Lausanne / Zürich
Jury reviews: Tan Wälchli, Berlin/Zürich