L'Agence TOPO is launching an important monograph publication about a
groundbreaking Quebec visual arts collective.
.(La Société de Conservation du Présent) 1985-1994
D'ailleurs, ceux qui viendront après ne s'en souviendront pas non plus.
(Besides, those who will come afterwards won't remember either.)
Born in 1985, .(La Société de Conservation du Présent) is a collective that fused visual art, technology and archives through the profuse artistic production they engaged in until 1994. The important monograph published by Agence TOPO underscores the prominence of this group and pays tribute to the late Philippe Côté, a philosopher and conceptual artist. He was one of the three founding members of the .(SCP) along with the software author Alain Bergeron and the photographer, pamphleteer and author Jean Dubé.
At the time, the critical, sharp, humorous, and sometimes irreverent trio bore witness to a new intellectual, artistic, and social dynamic. The world order, the twentieth century, language, technology, museology, the free circulation of archives, and Third World debt were some of the many fields of investigation that led them to take a stance and spurred them into action. The often furtive but resolutely prolific collective made its mark through its rubber-stamped words and icons, its slogans and pictograms, and its zealous (mis)use of punctuation in numerous printed documents and laminated plastic cards, which conceptually illustrated their key themes. Partly bilingual (French and English) and abundantly illustrated (photographs and archival documents from the Philippe Côté archival fonds), the monograph contains an important chronology of actions from the collective derived from a lengthy interview with Philippe Côté conducted in 2011. Texts commenting on the three founding principles of the group (the Archival Principle, the Art of the Promise and Idleness) are punctuated with stories from authors who focus on the context underpinning the .(SCP)’s open-ended artistic production. A chapter foregrounds the collective’s groundbreaking role in the then-nascent new media field. An in-depth chronology and bibliography complete the volume.
Directed by Sonia Pelletier
in collaboration with Michel Lefebvre and Bernard Schütze.
Table of content
1. le principe d’archives
2. l’art de la promesse
3. le désœuvrement
À l’aube des nouveaux médias
ISBN : 978-2-9810580-1-0
Prix : 28,99 $
Format : 18.5 X 24 cm, 275 p., 4 couleurs/illustrations