A Constructed World, Melbourne 1993, make installations and events incorporating speech, conversation, not-knowing, live eels, music, dancing and absences as their media. They have had retrospective and survey exhibitions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne (2012); CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux (2008); Cneai, Chatou (2008) and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007). A Constructed World have founded a number of groups over the years, the most recent being the group Speech and What Archive, making performances and events in museums and art centers including Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2013); Frac Champagne-Ardennes (2012); La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, (2011); Micro Onde, Centre for Contemporary Art, Vélizy-Villacoublay (2011); FRAC, La Garenne Lemot (2011); Villa Arson, Nice (2010).
Etienne Bernard is director of the Passerelle Contemporary Art Center in Brest, France. He was granted an MA in Aesthetics from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris in 2004. His academic research was focused on documentary American landscape photography. From 2007 to 2009, he was director of the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont and guest curator at the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux. As an art critic, he has been a regular contributor to French magazine 02 among others. As an independent curator, he has led various projects in institutions in France and abroad, including at the Krabbesholm Højskole in Skive, Denmark (2009-2010); at Parc Saint Léger Contemporary Art Center in Pougues-les-Eaux (2010); at the Musée de l’Objet, contemporary art collection in Blois (2011); and at JAUS Art Space in Los Angeles (2011).Etienne Bernard has also taught art theory at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Nantes. From 2010 to 2012, he coordonated Fieldwork Marfa, an international research-in-residency program in Marfa, Texas. He has been associated with the group Speech and What Archive since its formation in Paris in 2009.
Sébastien Pluot is an art historian, writer and independent curator based in Paris.
Matthew Rana is an artist and writer whose work deals with issues surrounding the politics of the speech-act. His projects have been presented in exhibitions at SITE Santa Fe, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museé de l’Objet in Blois. He currently lives in Göteborg, Sweden where he teaches at Valand School of Fine Arts. He has been a member of Speech and What Archive since early 2010.
Fabien Vallos est Professeur de philosophie à l’École d’enseignement supérieure d’art de Bordeaux, à l’École supérieure d’art d’Angers et professeur intervenant à l’École nationale supérieure de la photographie d’Arles. Il est directeur des éditions Mix. Il est l’auteur d’ouvrages de littérature et de théorie ainsi que de traductions. Le travail théorique de Fabien Vallos consiste en l’élaboration d’une généalogie du concept d’inopérativité ainsi que d’une tentative de réinterprétation du Tournant de la philosophie afin de préparer ce qu’il est possible de nommer une philosophie de l’oeuvre. Son travail se trouve donc à la croisée du littéraire, de l’œuvre et de la théorie. (www.fabienvallos.com / www.chrematistique.fr)
Guillaume Pavageau is a graphic designer, he graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris in 2012.
Clémence de Montgolfier, born in 1987, lives and works in Paris. She has graduated from the Fine Art school of Angers, France with an MFA in 2011, and from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne with an MA in Cultural Studies in 2012. She is now pursuing a PhD in Media Studies at University of Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle. She works with American artist Niki Korth as The Big Conversation Space since 2010 (Paris-San Francisco), exploring the technologies of production and transmission of discourses and their uncertain future. Together they have participated in several exhibitions and events including : Les Référents (cur. Etienne Bernard et Aurélien Mole), Galerie Edouard Manet, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Gennevilliers, 2012 ; Art by Téléphone…Recalled (cur. Fabien Vallos & Sébastien Pluot), Cneai, Chatou, 2012 ; What the Monkey Says no One Pays Attention To (cur. Marie Gautier and Clémence de Montgolfier), TCB Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 ; as well as a residency at Centre d’Art Contemporain de la Synagogue de Delme in 2012. She is a member of the research and performance group Speech and What Archive since 2009.
Anna Hess is a French artist and freelance editor based in Stockholm. She graduated in 2009 from the Fine Art School of Bordeaux, France (Ecole des Beaux-Arts). She was part of the creation of the Café Pompier, a cultural venue, run by the students of the Beaux-Arts, which offers a program of exhibitions, lectures, concerts and events, and worked there for two years. After an MA in Publishing in the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle (2011), she worked for two years as an editorial assistant for the French publishing house B42, dedicated to graphic design and contemporary art. Hess has been a member of the group Speech and What Archive since its inception in 2009.
Michele Robecchi is a writer and curator based in London, where he is an editor at Phaidon Press and a Visiting Lecturer at Christie’s Education.
The work of Yann Sérandour has often referred to conceptual art of the sixties and seventies, periods of particular interest to him because of their copious diffusion in the form of publications and prints – his material of predilection. In his recent work, he moves his attention to other fields and more distant times, strengthening a temporal gap with our contemporaneity.
Fabrice Reymond is a writer and poet living and working in Paris.
Steve Piccolo (USA, lives and works in Milan, Italy). After studying at Bard College and New York University, he began his career in the 1970s playing bass in jazz groups and doing sound/performance in New York art spaces. In 1979 he started the Lounge Lizards with the Lurie brothers, a project which continued for about five years.