• Visual Arts

Beyond Reality?

The exhibition

  • Exhibition

From Sunday 10 October 2021 to Sunday 2 January 2022

  • CENTQUATRE-PARIS
    5 rue Curial
    75019 Paris
Wednesday to Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday to Sunday during school holidays

Full price : 8€
Reduced price : 5 €
Children (6-15 ans) & family : 3€
Subscription and membership rates : 3€
Free for children under 6 years old

Closed 25 December 2021 & 1st January 2022
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The main exhibition of Biennale Némo that tests the capacity of art and technology to reveal what is invisible, imperceptible or unspeakable.

Many contemporary artists engage with astrophysical, magnetic, chemical and nuclear phenomena, as well as the societal, economic and sociological. They map out ‘reality’ in new ways by materialising the imperceptible … Astounding new aesthetic forms spring from deep in the invisible, along with a different perception of the world around us.


The rooms are organised into themes such as “The Wrathful Earth”, “You Are Not Invisible”, “Unnatural Natures”, and “The Bureau of Expertise in Invisible Phenomena”. The Halle Aubervilliers space, “How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?”, is free to enter and forms a nexus between all the different areas.

Everything is “real” in this exhibition, and at Biennale Némo as a whole, of course. But as is our custom, we have taken the liberty of introducing a few variants into reality and our universe—or realities and universes.reality and its universe—or realities and universes.

As visitors walk through the many rooms at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS, they will find that which lies between:
The scientifically proven and The X-Files, Maurice Maeterlinck and quantum physics, Luigi Pirandello and Philip K. Dick, Stephen Hawking and H.P. Lovecraft, Albert Einstein and Edgar Allen Poe.

Artistic direction: Gilles Alvarez and José-Manuel Gonçalvès


How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin? – Halle Aubervilliers

David Munoz, La Grande Casse / Cosa Mentale – 45.3081, 6.7253 (2021)
Dries Depoorter, Surveillance Speaker (2018-2021)
Geoffroy de Crécy, Empty Places (2020)
Guillaume Marmin, Passengers (2020)
[from 9 October to 7 November]
Jeroen Van Loon, Permanent Data (2020)
Justine Emard, Intraorganism (2021)
[on the dot, every hour after dark]
Luke Jerram, Mars (2019)
[In the case of strong wind Mars will be temporarily uninstalled]
Richard Vijgen, Hertzian Landscapes (2019)
Richard Vijgen, The Architecture of Radio (2016)

The Bureau of Expertise in Invisible Phenomena Atelier 4

Alan Warburton, Dust Bunny (2015)
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, The Substitute (2019)
Benjamin Vedrenne, Orbis Tertius (2021)
COMMA (Clémence Choquet et Mickaël Gamio), Partition pour trois smartphones (2020)
Davide Quayola, Pointillisme (2021)
Emmanuel Van der Auwera, VideoSculpture XX (The World’s 6th Sense) (2019)
Fabien Léaustic, Génèse d’un paysage médusé (2020)
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Probably Chelsea (2009 – 2021)
Jean-Marie Delbes et Hatim El Hihi, Live ! I See Dead People (2012 – 2021)
Stéphane Bissières, Effets de champ (2019)
Yuguang Zhang, (Non-)Human (2021)

The Wrathful Earth – Atelier 0 and 2

David Munoz, Cosa Mentale – 45.3081, 6.7253 / Hyperobjet (2021)
Camille Sauer, Metamorphosis (2021)
Léa Barbazanges, MicaPenrose (2019)
Semiconductor, 20 Hz (2011)
Semiconductor, Earthworks (2016)
Semiconductor, Where Shapes Come From (2016)

Unnatural Natures – Atelier 6

Donatien Aubert, Les jardins cybernétiques (2020)
Paul Duncombe, Éden (2021)
Stéfane Perraud et Aram Kebabdjian, Zone bleue (2020)
Tega Brain, Julian Oliver et Bengt Sjölén, Asunder (2019)

You Are Not Invisible – Atelier 1, 3, 5

Le NeoConsortium, ModuloformⒷ Panoptique (2021)
Stanza, The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis (2015 – 2021)
Daily tous les jours (Mouna Andraos et Melissa Mongiat), I Heard There Was a Secret Chord (2017)

Forensic Architecture – Atelier 7


The Beirut Port Explosion (2020, 11’58)
The Killing of Mark Duggan (2020, 23’15)
Airstrikes on M2 Hospital (2017, 4’47)
The Bombing of Rafah (2015, 9’05)

Trackers / Tracked Galerie Éphémère

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Ondes Noires (2017, 21’)
Victoire Thierrée, Sans lune (2021, 15’)

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