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Delegation and Photographic Protocols in Conceptual Art" by Guillaume Le Gall, lecturer in art history at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne"

[Noisy-le-Sec • France • 12 March 2016]

 

Douglas Huebler was one of the first artists to employ photography in the context of systems defined as conceptual. Most notably, though, he was the one who put it to continuous, protean use. The camera not only allowed him to describe and produce facsimiles of everyday objects; it also enabled the imagining of the procedures that accompanied his statements. These procedures hinged on protocols described in the conceptual statements. We shall see, nonetheless, that all appearances to the contrary, these protocols left considerable room for approximation.

 

Guillaume Le Gall is a lecturer in the history of contemporary art at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne and a former resident of the Villa Médicis, the French Academy in Rome. He has curated exhibitions on contemporary photography – « Fabricca dell’immagine » (Villa Médicis, 2004) and « Learning Photography » (FRAC Haute-Normandie, 2012) – and co-curated exhibitions on Eugène Atget (« Eugène Atget, Une rétrospective », Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2007), and Surrealist photography (« La Subversion des images », Centre Pompidou, 2009). He recently published La Peinture mécanique (Editions Mare & Martin) and was the editor of the last two Carnets du BAL.