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In collaboration with Les Archives Jean Painlevé, we are pleased to present «Phase transition in liquid crystals» a film by Jean Painlevé (1978). One of his latest film and probably the most abstract. Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) was led to film the living world by «the profound beauty of nature in its colours and shapes»; but also, he admitted, by the fact that he drew very badly. As a student in the laboratory of comparative anatomy at the Sorbonne, he became fascinated both by microphotography and by scientific cinema as a modern, efficient means of recording movement. This initially scientific approach led him to discover «things nobody else had seen». Scientific cinema was the instrument that enabled him to share his discoveries by rendering the invisible visible: opposed to traditional teaching, he saw cinema as a decisive vector for generating awareness, and ensured viewer interest by his attentiveness to aesthetics and rhythm, and the anecdotes and shafts of wit that accompanied his message. It was this injection of subjectivity into the scientific that gave a poetic dimension to his work. Since his time at the Sorbonne he had been close to the Surrealists, although more so to Yvan Goll, who posited […]

We are pleased to welcome Michel Houellebecq’s first solo exhibition at Air de Paris. In 2016, the Palais de Tokyo welcomed Rester Vivant, an exhibition thought as « a scenario […] which offered an immersion into the world and mind of the protean creator who is Michel Houellebecq » Quatrains brings together photographs, poems, songs, all intimately linked together, interlocked as the multiple facets of the artist. The text on Inscritpions #028 is an extract of a quatrain from the poem La Disparition (La Poursuite du Bonheur, 1991) which will be recreated on the wall while a discman will play Présence Humaine (2000), a song by Michel Houellebecq from his eponymous disk (2000) is played. Michel Houellebecq (born in 1956) is a writer. He has been revealed in 1992 by the publication of Extension du domaine de la lutte. In 2010 he won the Prix Goncourt for La Carte et le Territoire. His work focuses on the «spleen of the in-between, the loneliness of the individual in a liberal world.» A Polygraph writer, he is a poet1 and an essayist2 . He has already diverted from literature for being a movie director3 and an actor4 . He also lent some […]

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