Artist: David Douard
Venue: Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Exhibition Title: MO’SWALLOW
Date: February 14 – May 12, 2014
Full gallery of videos, images, press release and link available after the jump.
David Douard, MO SWALLOW, 2014. Color video with music by Gag Drake Vogt. 8’18”.
David Douard, Chin In This’ere, 2014. Black & White video with music by Gag Drake Vogt. 4’25”.
Video and images courtesy of David Douard; Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Johan Berggren, Malmö.
David Douard (b. 1983, lives and works in Paris) draws inspiration from the processes of transformation and development at work in our world, making plants, wit, saliva, images, technology or language into tools to reveal the principles of transmission. Organic, porous and complex, his work deploys itself in bounds and imitates the dynamics of a proliferating virus, insinuating itself into the “ills of reality” and the contamination of the world, and infiltrating the mysteries and anomalies of our programming.
David Douard unfurls his exhibition “Mo’Swallow” like a fable that he might unravel between the feeding breast and the dumbfounded eye as a witness to the absurd mutations of the world. He uses for example the leitmotiv of rumor, that mysterious mental contagion resembling an irrational spasm without substance, reason,
intention or even origin. This rumor is born, develops, is transmitted, disappears, transforms itself and bursts forth anew, enhanced by the prowess of language and the fertile ground of contemporary mythologies. As a sign of the living and the movement of imaginaries, it is close to a primitive and instinctive mode of thinking from which the exhibition draws substance. As a collective work, it functions as a connector between consciousnesses, a progressive psychic contamination. Bewitchment of the world and collective ventriloquism: this mental contagion is as much a magical response as a necessary remedy to master the unknown. ““Mo’Swallow” draws its forms from this jubilation of the absurd akin to a waking dream, recreating through mutations a scenario in which the human, the poetic, language and the machine are able to lay bare the troubling activities of the world.