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Systematically giving the viewer a central role, the works of the HeHe collective cover an enormous range from ecology to sociology, perception to chromatic effect, play to reality. Lightly and humorously their little devices deal with problems – air pollution, electricity consumption – that worry and involve us all, but which we only ever combat in the laziest possible way. Starting with the notion that an electric toy car is only a model of a much bigger, heavily polluting gas-guzzler, HeHe has come up with a performance titled “Toy Emissions”, which uses a remote-controlled car to disturb the traffic in big cities. Blowing a trail of thick, coloured smoke and equipped with an on-board camera, the tiny vehicle zips about among its big brothers and sisters, achieving maximum visual impact with a minimum of means.
He He
Toy Emissions (My Friends all drive Porsches), 2007
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Xth Biennale de Lyon

"The Spectacle of the Everyday"

From 16 September 2009
to 3 January 2010

La Sucrière
Museum of Contemporary Art Bullukian Foundation
Bichat Warehouse

Hou Hanru

Artistic curator
Thierry Raspail

Production manager
Thierry Prat

We are living in the society of the spectacle. In spite of its alienating effects on our life and social relationships, it’s one of the very fundamental conditions of our existence. We perceive the world and communicate with each other through the spectacle – a system of image production and representation dominated by the logic of market capitalism which tends to “develop” our faculties of perception, imagination and reflection towards a “one dimensional model” formatted by the language of consumerist ideology. This is also the very contemporary condition of our self-identification and social order “guaranteed” by the established power system. As a main typology of artistic and cultural events of our time, biennials of contemporary art are no doubt an ultimate form of expression of such a tendency...

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The Biennale de Lyon is celebrating its 10th edition

Biennale's 10 editions

The first three Lyon Biennials - in 1991, 1993 and 1995 – were part of a largely historical perspective, from which problematics, stakes and themes were derived. The first one, called “The love of art”, chose to assess the situation of creation in France. Resolutely going against the trend, this biennial noted that since the so-called “Pompidou exhibition” (Paris 1969), no such far-reaching project had been imagined in France.

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