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Attraction is an utopia, the affirmation that the world can be redesigned in order to feel it, think it and live it . This poetic reconstruction deviate from usual paths to create new alternatives in radical resistance to ready-to-think.
Theory: the world is matter, it obey laws of physics: flow, equilibrium, energies, space-time, gravitation, attraction. Johann Le Guillerm starts from o, from original chaos. He seeks to understand how shapes are fixed, how trajectories are differentiated, how flow and forces are organized to reorganize the gaze on our environment. This singular vision mixes the poetry of dreamed landscapes and the pragmatism of intuition and experience in order to disturb our certitudes.
Principles: Johann Le Guillerm exposes himself as a practitioner of the territory of viewpoints. He builds a philosophy that, literally, “surrounds” a topic: the world is both what we see and what is invisible to us. To apprehend it entirely, one has to adopt a vision that takes into account the multiplicity of points of view – even the opposite ones. Johann Le Guillerm considers the world as a volume that one cannot see as a whole: his quest is to discover each day new faces and new territories.
Postulates: Do it yourself is his credo. Johann Le Guillerm carries out his experiments in a laboratory as a scientist but with his own tools. Fully autodidact, he observes and experiment the laws of nature, he classifies his observations into autonomous but connected works in progress. The organisation is “rhizomatic”, centreless and with multiple points of entry and exit. The works in progress can develop themselves into ramified structures, they can transform each other, and they can even cross each other, without any predetermined order or hierarchy. This process is a “nomadic” way of structuring the observations, in the sense of Deleuze and Guattari: “a form of thinking that follows a line of flight and that avoids the meshes of institutional forces”.
Experimentation: In his laboratory, the artist experiments his hypothesis in order to nourish his imaginary landscape tied to physics, genetics, astronomy, botany… He doesn’t think with postulates but through analogies to create his own mathematics of the forms of the Universe, a mathematics of intuition founded on experimentation. His knowledge leans on very personal reasoning: starting from accurate observations, he has devised a series of nomenclatures, real identity cards of the observed phenomena classified according to their shapes, movement, phonic, graphic or morphological identity. Rebellious against the established orders, Johann Le Guillerm invents his own vocabulary. His works in progress are named “Architextures”, “Aalu”, “Mantines”, “L’Irréductible”, so as to distance himself from scientific postulates and state the singular value of his interpretation of reality.
Effects: The experiments carried out create a field of knowledge that materialise itself in various forms: objects, shows, sculptures, performances, acts… These “monstrations”, as a result of the accumulated researches represent the many facets of a landscape in perpetual evolution that has been obstinately developed over the past 15 years.
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.
See L'Observatoire research laboratory around the point / La Motte planet within sight / Les Imaginographes observation tools / Les Architextures sculptures / La Transumante performance / Les Broglios, Les Entrelàs graphic poems / Les Droliques kinetic aquatic flowers / L'Aplanatarium observatory of soaring objects / Les Imperceptibles sculptures based on imperceptible speed and movements / Secret (temps 1 et temps 2) performance under a circus tent / Le Pas Grand Chose conference, performance / Encatation, culinary experience
_ LES SERPENCILS
Oeuvre pérenne pour le nouveau Quartier de La Soie, Place Miriam Makeba à Villeurbanne (69)
À partir de mi avril 2019
Jardin des Plantes, Nantes (44)
Du 15/06 au 03/11/19
Véhicules à vitesse et énergie imperceptibles, fleurs cinétiques aquatiques, sculptures autoportées, poèmes graphiques etc.
ATTRACTION, LE MANS (72)
_SECRET (temps 2)
Festival Le Mans fait son cirque
Du 18 au 30/06/19
Relâche les 21, 24, 27/06/19
Les Serpentants, Place du jet d’eau
À partir de décembre 2018 à 2021
Le Crisalide, Jardin des Plantes
L’Indrique, l’île aux Planches
Le Palk, La cité du cirque
De juillet 2019 à 2021
ATTRACTION EN ILE-DE-FRANCE
Le projet Attraction se déploie en Ile de France entre juillet 2019 et le printemps 2020, avec :
_ L'Expérience culinaire Encatation au Festival Paris l’Été et au Centquatre.
_ Les dernières représentations à La Villette de Secret (temps 2) spectacle sous chapiteau en mutation, Terces lui succédera en 2020.
_ Une invitation à expérimenter le monde à partir de sa recherche avec notamment la conférence spectacle Le Pas Grand Chose dans le cadre des Coops à la Maison des Métallos.
_ Un projet avec les habitants de La Courneuve, Saint-Denis et Aubervilliers autour de son chantier des Élastiques…
_ ENCATATION (Création 2019)
Paris L’Été, Le Monfort (75)
Du 22 au 26/07/19
Le 22 à 21h
Le 23, 24 et 25 à 13h et 21h
Le 26 à 13h
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.
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.
ATTRACTION Coproductions (Since 2011)
Le Channel, Scène nationale de Calais / Agora, Pôle national des arts du cirque de Boulazac Aquitaine / Excentrique, festival mis en œuvre par Culture O Centre, Ateliers de développement culturel / Le Manège, Scène nationale de Reims / L’ Apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise / Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest / Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre / Carré Magique Lannion, Pôle national cirque en Bretagne / 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie, La Brèche à Cherbourg - Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf / Théâtre de l’Agora, Scène nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne/Les Treize Arches, Scène conventionnée de Brive / TANDEM, Théâtre d’Arras - Hippodrome de Douai, Scène nationale / Archaos, Pôle national des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée / Le Grand T, Théâtre de Loire Atlantique / Le Monfort, Paris / CREAC de Bègles
Johann Le Guillerm was welcomed as a writing residence for the show Le Pas Grand Chose at Saorge Monastery as part of Operation Monuments en mouvement of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DGCA and DRAC Ile-de-France), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Institut Français), the Ile-de-France Regional Council, Essonne, the City of Paris and the Institut Français / Ville de Paris.
Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm is supported and hosted by the Mairie de Paris in research residency at the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale (Department of Culture and Direction of Green Spaces and the Environment).
The BNP Paribas Foundation has accompanied Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm from 1999 to 2010
Photos ou ça ? et Attraction : Philippe Cibille
Photos portraits - Le Pas Grand Chose : Joanne Azoubel
Photo Le Pas Grand Chose : Elizabeth Carecchio
Photo Transumante : Daniel Raoulas, Grégoire Korganow, Philippe Cibille
Photo Encatation: Gwen Mint
Text : Anne Quentin