a few days from Christmas and the sempiternal marathon when we have
to smilingly deal with foie
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
artist, the American deals with the dramatic, somewhere between
geopolitics and pop culture.
to the Point
#3/Artist’s Soapbox Series: A Meeting with Michael Rakowitz
Point Perché gets a facelift… a few photos of the evening devoted
to Michael Riedel’s new in
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
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
possibly recall his film DIAL
which was screened at Documenta X, curated by Catherine David, in
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.