Curated by Alexandra Fau, “The Tyranny of Objects” encourages visitors to take a different look at the objects that surround them, which may reveal an unsuspected strength of character. Appliances that seemed predictably meek and pliable are now hell-bent on foiling our every plan.
Artists and designers find themselves imagining indomitable objects that cast a critical light on our rational, constraining or downright authoritarian production patterns. David Dubois’ scenography underlines this shifting power relation between objects and their owners.
Having become intelligent and endowed with speech, these objects draw from a wide array of fields, such as philosophy, architecture and animation, for a combination of light-hearted fun and serious critique.
Having spent so much time in the presence of humans, objects have developed the ability to mimic us. Now they are truly coming into their own, fomenting a soft rebellion against the dictates of comfort, good taste and functionality.
Alexandra Fau is an exhibition curator, art critic and teacher of art history. She is the author of L’Histoire de l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de 68 à nos jours. Using a personal anecdote as a starting point, she explores feelings shared by anyone who has ever felt controlled by an object.
David Dubois is a freelance designer and scenographer. He graduated from Ensci-Les Ateliers in 2003 and now lives and works in Paris. He has created designs for exhibitions at Villa Noailles, Villa Arson, Cneai and Palais de Tokyo. His objects are edited by Mudam, galerie Mica, ilivetomorrow and the kreo gallery, which currently represents him.