Behavioral Objects 1
A Case Study: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Edited by Samuel Bianchini & Emanuele Quinz
Published by Sternberg Press and École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – Paris PSL Research University
With the support of the Université Paris 8 and Labex Arts-H2H
Design by Bertrand Sandrez
August 2016, English
16.5 x 23 cm, 224 pages, 52 b/w and 50 color ill., softcover
Contributions by Samuel Bianchini, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Jaime DeSimone, Jean-Paul Laumond, Florent Levillain, Emanuele Quinz, Bénédicte Ramade, Trevor Smith, Elisabetta Zibetti
Three grand pianos slowly make their way through the large exhibition space allotted to them, sometimes bumping into one another. These animate objects, which constitute offroad (2014), a work by the artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, appear to be living beings, each with its own behavior. They are perfect examples of behavioral objects, whose little-known history dates back to the avant-garde and the emergence of cybernetics.
What exactly is a behavioral object? How can it be analyzed, understood, theorized, experienced, and how can we conceive of works that possess the faculty of action and reaction to their environment and public? Examining three works by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, this book tackles these questions and defines a new field of research and practice.
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