The work of Agnes Varda, filmmaker, photographer and the only female director of the French New Wave made a 2000 documentary film 'Les glaneurs & la glaneuse' The Gleaners and I. a controversial work as Varda abandoned high-end film equipment for low-end digital video. Potatoes are one of the gleaned products ruminated on in the film. Gallavardin produced a participatory/soundscape performance 'L'origine du monde' (the origine of the world) after Gustave Courbet, Marcel Duchamp 'Etants donnés' & 'Les glaneurs'. This will be visited within a new piece of performance audio art created live by Gallavardin and Montague.
Geraldine Gallavardin on going impromptu as part of her installation “Are you ready for the Fair Marcel Duchamp” – Frames as Ping Pong bats with a collage/photo featuring “Sixteen Miles of String” Marcel Duchamp piece (during the exhibition the First Papers of Surrealism exhibition, New York, 1942)+ foil paper+strings — during exhibition Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” at Camden Image Gallery October 2014 – London
Geraldine Gallavardin is a conceptual contemporary French artist; a curator, poet, musician & actress based in London. Originally from Lyon, France she holds two MA in Fine Art, one from “Les Beaux-Arts de Grenoble”, France (1997) & one from Chelsea College of Fine Art & Design, London (1999). Geraldine has been in the Art Scene since the 90s.
She used participatory/readymade performances art, social sculptures, installations, drawings, videos & live art as her main artistic language. She creates Free Improvised Music/soundscape in her performances & has played abroad & in the UK with band such as “The A Band”. She has exhibited internationally in Art Centres, Galleries, art Festivals & in the UK in places such as the ICA, the South London Gallery during the London Biennale in-situ by the Tate Modern and The Serpentine Gallery.
Lab 451 London is a platform founded by Geraldine Gallavardin for multi-talented international artists that explore performance as one of their versatile practices. On a journey with raconteurs sprinkling an inch of conceptual art, raw happenings, soundscape & experimental impromptus music accompanied by merry troubadours, poets declaiming their thirst, wicked opera singers, theatreoholics; performers of all kind feasting on the possibilities to encapsulate their unframed vision of our era”
The idea of Lab 451London is that of a moveable laboratory for international artists to express & emphasize through their own unique art form; a language, whom as a Freedom embodies the way we see & represent the world around us.
The title refers to the dystopian novel from the American writer Ray Bradbury published in 1953 during the McCarthy era & the French New Wave filmmaker François Truffaut who wrote & directed a film adaptation of that novel in 1966.