Session 5

Yoann GOURMEL (France), Esther LU (Taiwan)

2019/10/10 13:30-18:00
TFAM’s Art Library

Workshop title:

From Lemon to Bluebells



Life is a strange loop. It happens to me. 9, 8, 7 runs. I know we gonna meet again soon. It feels quite comfortable.

I was trying to watch the Hypnotic Show, and also going through those links sent yesternight to collect ideas-it was no surprise that one of them directing me to

It was a site of lovely mysteries, and there I paused on an image. I thought I saw something from my dream. Familiar, known, but from afar. How far? Like every wall evaporates and the clock stops. But you’d still remember every wall there, every wall you paint and hang, with all the angles and cracks, layers of colors-one after another. 6. 5. 4. AM You work late. You spend time on screens and walls. Me on doors and holes. I clicked that image, and it went to Amazon.

There I went back to the beach. It is actually-the posture of my reality. Two ships, two cups, sky and sea, 2 on the cover, and the seat is blue. You are not audience.

I wonder, if this is not an exhibition but a play, how would you act or curate?

If lemons are on fire

Act II
I know how to go through them

Act I
Who is inside the elevator?

Act X
Collection of gestures in a supermarket or, better, a library
(after everyone dances)

Only if this is more than a game, and only if you are exploded like Fluxus in 2050 and we all bow together to each other as ringing tomorrow in a mirror.


Yoann GOURMEL is a curator and writer, working at Palais de Tokyo since 2016. His recent projects include the solo exhibitions of Julien Creuzet (2019), Massinissa Selmani (2018) and Taloi Havini (2017) as well as the large-scale collective exhibitions Another Banana Day for the Dream-Fish (2018) dedicated to the imaginaries of childhood and their influence on the construction of identities, and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace(2017) which examined "emotional capitalism" and the impact of the market economy and new technologies on the production of our emotions and their representations.
He is currently co-curator and curatorial coordinator of the 15th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale entitled Where Water Comes Together with Other Water (September 18, 2019−January 5, 2020), devised as an ecosystem at the intersection of biological, economic and cosmogonic landscapes.
Since 2006, he has regularly collaborated with international institutions, such as the Château de Versailles with Voyage d'Hiver(associate curator, 2017), the CEAAC, Strasbourg, France (guest curator, 2014-2015), Le Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France, Paris (guest curator, 2011-2013), Mercer Union, centre for contemporary art, Toronto, Canada (2012), the GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (laureate of the 5th Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi per L'Arte for young curators, 2010), Tate Modern, London, Great Britain (festival No Soul For Sale, 2010)
From 2014 to 2016, he has taught history of exhibitions and history of contemporary art at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design, Grenoble, France; Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design, Saint-Etienne, France; and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art, Dijon, France. In 2011 to 2012, he gave lectures on conceptual art from year 1000 to nowadays at CAPC, Museum of contemporary art, Bordeaux, France. His texts are regularly published in magazines and exhibition catalogues.
Esther LU
Esther LU is a curator and writer with a background in literature, art history, activist and curatorial studies. She is interested in formulating conceptual ways of seeing and discursive events crossing art and reality. Many of her projects focuses on interplays of sensibility, body, institution and memory, driven by the curiosity to explore human conditions, boundaries of knowing and how art embodies and exceeds our imagination to address various concerns toward humanity, culture and relevance of life.
Esther was the director of Taipei Contemporary Art Center from 2015 to 2107, and the curator of This is not a Taiwan Pavilion - collateral event in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. She has curated a number of international exhibitions and workshops in Asia and Europe. Her recent curatorial practice involves creating co-learning and innovative mediation strategies for professional workshops or audience experience.