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Attraction is a utopia, the affirmation that the world can be reworked by oneself so as not to endure it, but to better experience it, think it, live it. This poetic reconstruction deviates from beaten paths, creating new alternatives to ready-to-think.
Theory: The world is matter, it obeys physical laws: flows, balances, energies, space and time, gravitation, attraction… Johann Le Guillerm starts from 0, from the original chaos. He seeks to understand how forms are fixed there, how trajectories are differentiated, how flows and forces are organized, to reorganize the way we look at our environment. This singular vision mixes the poetry of dream landscapes with the pragmatism of intuition and experience, to disrupt our certainties.
Principles: Johann Le Guillerm asserts himself as a practitioner of points of view’s space. A philosophy that takes “exploring all angles” literally: The world is what we see of it and what is invisible to us. To fully understand him, we must accept a vision that takes into account the multiplicity of points of view – even opposite ones – held on him. The world would be a volume of which we cannot see all the faces, Johann Le Guillerm’s quest is to discover new spaces of his every day.
Postulates: “Do it yourself” is his credo. Johann Le Guillerm conducts his laboratory experiments like a scientist but with the tools he creates for himself. As a complete autodidact, he observes, experiments with natural laws, classifies his observations into autonomous but linked projects. The organization is rhizomatic: acentric, with multiple entry and exit points. The projects can branch out, transform each other, and sometimes intercross, without predetermined order or hierarchy. A “nomadic” way of structuring observations in the sense understood by Deleuze and Guattari: “a form of thought that follows a convergence line and does not get caught up in the meshes of institutional forces”.
In his laboratory, the artist experiments with his hypotheses to feed his imaginary landscape in relation to physics, genetics, astronomy, botany… He does not think by postulates but by analogies, to create his own mathematics of the forms of the Universe, a mathematics of intuition, based on experimentation. His knowledge is based on very personal reasoning but born from precise observations, for which he has developed nomenclatures, real identity cards of the observed phenomena, according to their forms, their phonic, graphic or morphological identity and their movement. Rebelling against established orders, the artist invents his own vocabulary. Its projects are called “Architextures”, “Aalu”, “Mantines”, “L’Irréductible” to stand out from identified scientific postulates, thus affirming the singular value of his interpretation of reality, and inviting us to reevaluate our own positions.
Effects: The experiments carried out create a field of knowledge which finds its concretization in various forms: objects, shows, sculptures, performances, acts… These “monstrations”, fruits of accumulated research, are like views of a landscape in perpetual evolution, relentlessly elaborated since 2001.
Actions / Reactions: Attraction is a project with variable geometry designed to take place on the scale of an entire city in theatres, squares, museums, on the ring or in parks. So many playgrounds that invite to create partnerships, to move the public in spaces off the beaten track and can give rise to new in situ creations. Programming together, shows, sculptures, installations offers the spectator a cartography of Attraction that he is invited to look at alone or together by browsing from one place to another the different facets of this protean project. This way of gradually becoming aware of Attraction then creates links and produces new readings.
Attraction is an original cartography of a planet without places.
It forms a track with indefinite borders, a drawing that reveals each time a new side of the reality.
Attraction is neither a dogma nor a truth. It is an artistic project which ontological quest is to reach the full accomplishment of its madness…
To act on the world disorders to detect other layouts and create a new poetic order. An original cartography of a planet without places, Attraction is a project-manifesto to take ownership of our environment, to think by ourselves.
A position. To disrupt our convictions, resist ready-to-think and open up new alternatives.
A protocol of the sight. The world is what we see of it and what is invisible to us. In order to fully comprehend it, it is needed to take into account the multiplicity of points of views that we have.
Principles. Repartir de zéro, observer, expérimenter, tenter, créer.
A rhizome artwork made of accumulations, hybridizations, and mutations that constantly slip between various artistic fields.
A work in progress in constant evolution that shapes a landscape with infinite borders.
L'Observatoire archeology of research
La Motte planet within sight
Les Imaginographes observation instruments
Évolutions élastiques morphographic mutations
L'Insucube, anamorphique installation
Les Broglios graphic poems
L'AALU, nique letter alphabet with multiple characters
Les Architextures between architecture and texture
La Transumante moving architextural performance
Les Droliques kinetic aquatic flowers
Les Imperceptibles imperceptible speed and energies vehicles
L'Aplanatarium observatory of gliding objects
Encatation, culinary experience
Terces, laboratory on a circus ring
Le Pas Grand Chose conference - performance
Actions / Reactions: Attraction is a project with variable geometry designed to take place on the scale of an entire city in theatres, squares, museums, on the ring or in parks. So many playgrounds that invite to create partnerships, to move the public in spaces off the beaten track and can give rise to new in situ creations.
Artist coming from the circus world, Johann Le Guillerm studied at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque, he toured with Archaos, la volière Dromesko, co-founded the Cirque O. In 1994, he founded his own company and created a first solo show, Où ça ? , which toured five years. Johann Le Guillerm was awarded in 1996 with the Grand Prix National du Cirque, in 2005 with the Grand Prix des Arts du Cirque SACD and in 2017 the Grand Prix SACD. After a round-the-world trip during which he faces the imbalances of handicapped, traumatized and autarkic worlds, in 2001 he embarked on the Attraction project to take a 360° look at the world. The project led him to explore sculpture, installation, performance, conference and show. A multidisciplinary trajectory he calls practice of the range of points of view.
Since 2011, Johann Le Guillerm is supported and hosted by the Mairie de Paris at the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale – Paris, for a creative research residency.
Le Cirque ici présente Où ça ?
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The company works on create mediation tools with a direct link to the artistic project. The setting up of workshops, experiences, professional meetings or specific builds itself into a joint project with cultural structures to say, to do, to feel through experimentation, the gaze, the movement. Thus, projects are built that nurture and are nurtured on long term by the mediation project.
Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm est soutenu par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DGCA et DRAC Ile-de-France), du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères (Institut Français), du Conseil régional d’Ile-de-France, de la Ville de Paris et de l’Institut Français/Ville de Paris.
Cirque ici – Johann Le Guillerm est soutenu et accueilli par la Mairie de Paris en résidence de recherche au Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale (Direction de la Culture et Direction des Espaces Verts et de l’Environnement).
La Fondation BNP Paribas a accompagné les projets de Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm de 1999 à 2010
Photos ou ça ? et Attraction : Philippe Cibille
Photos portraits - Le Pas Grand Chose : Joanne Azoubel
Photo Le Pas Grand Chose : Elizabeth Carecchio
Photos Transumante : Daniel Raoulas, Grégoire Korganow, Philippe Cibille, David Dubost
Photos Broglios, Entrelàs et Droliques David Dubost
Photo Encatation: Gwen Mint
Text : Anne Quentin