Founded in October 2013, Lafayette Anticipation of the Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette will open its doors in 2018 in the Marais district of Paris. This public interest foundation aims to support contemporary artists, design and fashion, recognising their potential to participate in social change, and also to anticipate that change.
Lafayette Anticipation is structured around 'production' and is the first multidisciplinary centre of its kind in France. A place of experimentation and research, Lafayette Anticipation offers new tools for developing prototypes, implementing projects and in addition to exhibitions, a variety of forums - encounters, conferences, conversations, performances, screenings, visits, workshops and an online presence, will facilitate exchanges between artists and various publics. Lafayette Anticipation will be permeable, a constantly evolving space, motivated by a desire to surprise and be surprised.
I contributed to:
anticipations: a manifesto on the challenges of contemporary production in the arts
The publication concludes the pre-launch programme organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette which begun in October 2013 - 2016. It presents the institutional and curatorial research initiated by the Fondation through production residencies, exhibitions, commissions, workshops and events as well as through numerous projects in France and abroad.
My contibution was a series of letters that emerged from conversations and research in the archive of the Galeries Lafayette, letters exchanged between Theodore Bader co-founder of the great Parisian store, and Gordon Selfridge, proprietor of Selfridges in London.
Here is a translation of the letter that initiated the exchange:
The rest of the extraordinary letters are in the publication
With contributions from: Rem Koolhaas and RoseLee Goldberg, Chris Dercon and Lidewij Edelkoort, Howard Becker and franck leibovici, Charles Aubin, Anna Colin and Hicham Khalidi, Guillaume Houzé, François Quintin, Judith Wielander and Matteo Lucchetti, Neil Cummings, Simon Fujiwara, Olaf Nicolai, Emmanuelle Huynh, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Jerszy Seymour, Gabriel Sierra, Ulla von Brandenburg, Anicka Yi, Rotor, Paul Kneale and Raphael Hefti, Flora Katz / Editathon Art+Feminism
Editorial direction: Guillaume Houzé, François Quintin
Bound, 220 x 320 mm; Full colour; 312 pages; October 2016
Co-published with JRP Ringier; French and English versions
Graphic design by Yorgo&Co (Paris)
French ISBN: 978-3-03764-484-3
English ISBN: 978-3-03764-462-1
EUR 35 / £ 28 / US$ 45
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