09/01 2015

Just a few days from Christmas and the sempiternal marathon when we have to smilingly deal with foie gras, capons and Yule logs several times over, some people found the time to do a little exercising for a last time. For the occasion, you had to once again take the small rickety stairway down to le Point Perché from the Palais de Tokyo entrance. There, no Christmas tree but a dancefloor streaked with black and white stripes at the far end of which stood an impressive table covered with CDs and vinyl records.

Le Point Perché has had a special meeting with IZOLYATSIA, a Cultural Programme Platform from Donetsk, Ukraine, whose activities and even very existence are threatened by the war. On 9 June 2014, the IZOLYATSIA cultural foundation was seized by mercenaries of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk” in order—or so they proclaim—to “facilitate humanitarian aid”, coming from Russia. As part of the ALERTES set up by the Palais de Tokyo to support places dedicated to art, for a day and an evening light was shed both on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and on the place of culture in times of war.

The intensity of the split second… Over his own musical composition, Emo de Medeiros proposes re-enacting the Kaleta, a tradition invented in Benin by Afro-Brazilians. The result is a unique mix of Carnival and Halloween, performed exclusively by troupes of young boys forming temporary and spontaneous groups during the Christmas period; wearing masks, they go from house to house, dancing and playing improvised percussion instruments.

At the foot of a spiral staircase, between walls streaked with black- and white-coloured stripes which lend the place a proud industrial look, it was the beatmaker Everydayz who got behind the turntables first. The pale face divinely lit by the blue neon placed just above the booth—the same face that has come to particular notice recently by being the DJ for the French rap start-up Némir-- moved about over its rhythm box to tie up a live act full of bounce. The more the notes shook the air of Le Point Perché, the more the public was magnetized by the DJ who, for his part, had no qualms about grabbing the mike to harangue the crowd.



Celebration of the 20 years of That Summer with a special limited edition publication LP by the label Optical Sound. 

A musical phrase of barely a few seconds can be repeated infinitely. Following a suggestion by Christophe Arcos, Mix “Locked Groove only” is an installation that features eight turntables and eight records by RONDE, a Parisian vinyl record company that gathers various electronic music composers around the concept of loop. Ronde is also a member of the Supernova collective.

 

30/10 2014

Installation and performance by Kerwin Rolland in collaboration with Dominique Blais

Once a month, le Point Perché hosts the programme “Nova[Mix] Club” which is aired live on the Nova Radiochannel. At the controls, a MC, Raphaël Malkin welcomes the who’s who of the world’s DJs. For each programme, four artists distill their mixes. A novel ordeal awaits them: “the most offbeat interview on FM”.

Right to the Point #5 / Artists’ Soapbox series: Meeting with Gilad Ratman

Plunged in mud, burying their amps or digging an imaginary passage in the foundations of the Israeli pavilion in Venice, the people Gilad Ratman presents in his filmed performances and installations are invariably in not very orthodox positions. Halfway between utopia, renunciation and the grotesque.

From Don Quixote to the Three Wise Men, from Hitler to bullfighting, the Spanish artist revisits history with fervor, somewhere between utopia and irony.

Right to the Point #4 / Artists’ Soapbox Series: a meeting with Albert Serra

As an engagé artist, the American deals with the dramatic, somewhere between geopolitics and pop culture.

Right to the Point #3/Artist’s Soapbox Series: A Meeting with Michael Rakowitz

Le Point Perché gets a facelift… a few photos of the evening devoted to Michael Riedel’s new in situ work.

Le Point Perché is today celebrating its new skin! After the thousands of “o”s, the furnishings and the few discreetly scattered whole words which had covered the floor and walls of the platform at the Palais de Tokyo since last July, the German artist Michael Riedel is providing a logical sequel to his Jacques comité [Giacometti] with Dual air [Dürer]

14/04 2014

with Djs Theo Parrish, Low Jack, Canblaster and Gilb'R

with Francesco Tristano, Dowliners Sekt, Clara Moto, Danton Eeprom

Interview after live sound in Boiler Room x InFiné at le Point Perché

Danton Eeprom”: what does this odd alias hide?

My name is Julien. Julien is quite shy. When I decided to get involved in music, I needed an alter ego who could do things that Julien wouldn’t dare do. 

Violence of capitalism, political corruption, radical ecology and advertising nonsense: Johan Grimonprez’s explosive cocktail

right to the point #2: Meeting with Johan Grimonprez

You possibly recall his film DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, which was screened at Documenta X, curated by Catherine David, in 1997.


01/03 2014

As part of the performance by Davide Balula in collaboration with Carlos Soto, the performer becomes a body-sculpture, with the same colours as Le Point Perché. This performance has been programmed within the new exhibition Des choses en moins, des choses en plus around the immaterial collections of the Centre national des arts plastiques.