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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.
L'Observatoire research laboratory around the point
La Motte planet within sight
Les Imaginographes observation tools
Évolutions élastiques morphographic mutation
Les Broglios graphic poems
L'AALU, a Single Letter Alphabet
Les Architextures sculptures
La Transumante performance
Les Droliques kinetic aquatic flowers
Les Imperceptibles sculptures based on imperceptible speed and movements
L'Aplanatarium observatory of soaring objects
Encatation, culinary experience
Terces, performance under a circus tent
Le Pas Grand Chose conference, performance
Terces is a visual laboratory where new phenomenas take place that destabilise our points of reference and are seen as a pareidolia…
Théâtre Sénart, scène nationale (77) - 12th to 18th January 2023
It's an culinary experience, an invitation to a strange rite that will allow one to experience in an existential way what it's to taste concepts with one's stomach as well as one's mind. A unique nourishing experience...
Le Channel, scène nationale de Calais, 2nd to 5th February & 10th to 12th February 2023
A. Demidoff - Le Temps - April 22
Julie Terrasson - Tracks, Arte - March 22
D. Glaser - Suissimo - March 22
N. Rossel - 24 heures - March 22
M. E. Barbier - La Provence - January 22
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.
Johann Le Guillerm à 360°
Anne Quentin / Catherine Blondeau - Actes Sud
Johann Le Guillerm
Anne Quentin - Magellan & Cie
Le Cirque ici présente Où ça ?
Photo book edited by the Cie Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm (out of stock for the moment contact the compagny for more information firstname.lastname@example.org)
More information here
Middle of the moment by Nicolas Humbert & Werner Penzel
Cirque Hors Piste by Netty Radvanyi & Nicos Argillet
Johann Le Guillerm : The Alchimist
Johann Le Guillerm : From the idea to the object
Johann Le Guillerm : A moment of equilibrium
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
Graphic design : Marion Kueny
Developement frontend : Fabien Raymondaud
Back-office Wordpress : Laurent Angeli
Text : Anne Quentin