Director of the Lyon Biennale Thierry Raspail invites Thomas Boutoux and François Piron, of the castillo/corrales venue to discuss the term “modern”.

13th Biennale de Lyon – La Vie Moderne

Moderne #1

Thomas Boutoux and François Piron have given the title “Moody” to this session, in which they look into the part played by humour in artists’ vocabulary.

They have invited a number of artists, art critics, writers and theoreticians, including Camille Blatrix (artist) and Clara Schulmann (art critic).

Wed 19 Nov 2014

The session will be in two parts, including talks, discussions and screenings of excerpts from the films being discussed:

3:30 – 5:30 pm in the lecture theatre at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon


6:30 – 8:30 pm in the macLYON lecture theatre

Admission free

Advance booking recommended – tel. macLYON: 04 72 69 17 19, publics@mac-lyon.com

Co-organised with the macLYON

In partnership with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (ENSBA)

“Moody” by castillo/corrales

As Ralph Rugoff has suggested, over time the concept of “modern” has, so to speak, become increasingly imprecise. Today it refers less to an era, a style or a zeitgeist than to a feeling, an intuition that something is modern. The term thus has to be resituated through an exploration of what may underlie this feeling and the way it fits with our time.

This relationship between emotion, states of mind and the contemporary era is a core concern in the art field today and the subject of the “Moody” seminar organised by castillo/corrales at the invitation of the Lyon Biennial.

For the present generation of artists the question of emotion – or more exactly of mood – seems once again a point of focus, but less as a subject than as a creative dynamic. Unlike feeling as an external projection of inwardness, mood is a change within the individual receptive to his surroundings, the product of an attentive awareness of the world. Moods are an operative force in today’s artworks, in terms not of atmosphere or expressiveness, but of a direct confrontation with the viewer embodied in stances, attitudes and specific forms of sociality.

Image: Thierry Raspail. Courtesy La Biennale de Lyon

Read more about Biennale de Lyon