Copyright format artist
Geoffroy / Colonel
Illustration from MOMA / PS1
Room New York . / Emergency Room Athens
. Hanoi . Napoli // Room
Jean de Piepape .
Room is a format
burning with desire to engage in the necessary debates . Emergency
Room is an
exhibition space where artists rank and express about emergencies today
, today the present day , today before it
is too late. (
statement in sound form : MOMA /PS1 )
Artists are thermometers for dysfunctions of society. They are experts
in detecting immediatly or even , in advance of the broken
arm . Artists spot at dysfunctions and are asked to have
solutions . What they feel or know has to be exhibited now . But in
order to exhibit, an artist has to wait months or years in order
to negotiate with art institutions, find funding and collaborators.
This limits the artist urging to respond to the contemporary and leaves
the art work as delayed comments on yesterday’s world. Emergency Room
is a format that permit immediate intervention as well as it stimulate
immediate debate with the public and distribution channels . ( exemple
mass media )
Through Emergency Room, artists can react every day and train
collectively (as a group and with the public ) their awareness
muscle .By being an exhibition alive commenting on burning
events , Emergency Room
creates a proximity to the public and to the distribution
channels , and well
exposing unreported dysfunctions and giving them attention .
will be new angles, follow up , alarming discoveries
, and everyday there will be new reasons for
audience and media to tune back in .
“Artists, audience and media have
been fighting for weeks in order to
get to see and participate in the new and innovating exhibition that
with its "art of the news" puts the art institution itself to debate.Reuters, The New Yorker and the
TV-channel ABC News are some of the
leading media that have brought the story about the original
exhibition, and at P.S.1 more than a thousand visitors per day have
been seeing it…" (Nikolaj M.
Lassen, Weekendavisen, March 30th, 2007)
from MOMA / PS1
Room New York . / Emergency Room Hanoi and
Paris // Room
Jean de Piepape .
Visitors & Media
The energetic force of Emergency Room pulls in artists with
burning desire to react to the contemporary. These are artists who
share the questions and concerns of the public and have the pertinence
to become valuable sources for the media as well ( on some of the
alarming issues medias refuse total communication ) . In
the participatif power of the debate involves
both creator and vieuwers , an all are asked to become involved in the
round room .
Emergency Room deliberately chooses to mix evidently different
aesthetics; for instance cross-media artists with abstract painters or
sculptors. ( biodiversity
) . Artists work in an environment where experimentation and
artistic daring is not only welcome but incourage . Artists
evolve and develop new unexpected
methods and art forms often resulting in significant changes in the
praxis of participants and thereby in the aesthetics of the
art as such.
Emergency Room is an international movement and everywhere the
format is actualized the community of ER
Artists expands: from
internationally acclaimed artists to local upcoming artists – all
meeting each other under the clock , working together with a deadline
rendez vous .The format is
encouraging artists to collaborate and become part of the energized
community , a vietnamese artist work with a danish , a polish with a
greek , a known artist with a younger ....
Emergency Room Format
When an art institution has agreed to host the Emergency
format it is given the license to produce and exhibit a local version
of the art format. This allows Emergency Room to be actualized several
places across the world at the same time, intensifying the community
and its effect. Other formats by
Thierry Geoffroy include Awareness
Muscle, Critical Run , Protest Fashion , HQ and Biennalist. These
are all derived from
Emergency Room and are available as smaller and more mobile
alternatives to the core format. They converge .
Part of the Emergency Room format is the design , the unrolling
of the exhibiting methods and a savoir faire that has to be
excecuted by the ER
staff with collaboration of a local team . Punctuality is a
keystone when the artwork of yesterday daily is removed from the
Emergency Room to give space to the
artwork of today. This ritual is called “The Passage” and is the
central element of the constant changing Emergency Room. It is followed
by a debate in the round room .
Emergency Room can be combined with the Delay Museum
artwork is exhibitied . This museum is no longer ultra contemporary in
of the word used by Emergency Room but will be “RETARD” in the french
meaning of this. This “delay” of opinions, where past reactive
interpretations are preserved, is a critical way of thinking about
contemporary art ( too late ) even though it is still extremely
compared to the customary use of the word. The Delay Museum is a place
for studying the aesthetics
of the emergency.
The ultrafast moving Emergency Room is kept under constant
documentation and exposure of the documentation .
Documentation is both external in the form of media stories and
internal in the form of blogs, webcasting and artist interviews
collected by the ER Staff.
Passage, Accentuation, and Awareness are three core concepts for
Emergency Room. Passage describes a movement, an action, and a
transition face that holds a vast potential because everything is still
open. The accentuation describes the capability to focus and point out
– it is a disciplined gesture that pins down a time and space for the
comment as an event. The Awareness of the accentuation harbours
necessity of presence , pertinance , responsability . The role of
the artist is here questionned .
is today. And tomorrow is too
Emergency Room has been successfully launched at MOMA/PS1 / New
Berlin, Galerie Olaf Stueber 2006 ; Copenhagen , Nikolaj Contemporary
Ileana Tounta Contemporary art center 2007 ; Napoli ,
2009 ; Paris , Galerie
Taïss (2008 ) , in Hanoi at the university of fine art ( oct-nov
2009) and again in 2011 ; in
Wroclaw Polish European Presidency 2011.
Every large city should have a
permanent Emergency Room ,
What is exhibited in the Emergency
Room should be accessibe to public
opinion for example by reporting about the expressed dysfunctions in
the news (like the weather report or the sport are ).
An education to train the Awareness
Muscle should be
dictionary by Thierry Geoffroy
words by words // all words
togehter (36 pages )
exemple of press release : Emergency
Room at the PS1 /MOMA
other art formats by Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel
back to www.emergencyrooms.org