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Untitled Ceremonies

Performances
2013 - ongoing

Untitled Ceremonies are performances that consist of setting up the work of another artist previously chosen by Béatrice Balcou in a public or private collection. The ceremony is performed according to a particular temporality and gesture in front of a small audience and focus on the materiality of the artwork as well as the behavior of the person looking at it.

A survey carried out in various museums has revealed that on average a visitor spends between 2 and 17 seconds looking at a given work. The aim of Béatrice Balcou's ceremonies is to achieve the complete opposite: an enduring attentiveness. Drawing their inspiration from the tea ceremony, these anti-spectacular performances centre on works by other artists chosen from public or private collections, and take place in silence for a small audience gathered around Béatrice Balcou. Repeating the actions of a museum or gallery registrar, she unpacks the work, assembles it if necessary, shows it to those present and then puts it in its place. In a choreography of slow, precise, detailed gestures she looks into the attention given to the materiality of the work of art and the behaviour of the viewer, triggering an awareness not only of the work required by the making and presentation of art, but also of the accompanying sounds, the setting, the other spectators and the viewer's own body. Concentration and the artist's presence turn ordinary gestures into a near-magical moment of sharing. (from the exhibition booklet, La Ferme du Buisson CAC, Noisiel, 2018)

Read the essays: Untitled Ceremony #03 by Eva Wittocx (EN/FR), Walk in Beauty by Christophe Gallois (FR) and the interview by Zoe Gray and Devrim Bayar (EN/FR/NL)

Watch the videos: the interview during the rehearsal of Untitled Ceremony #10 by CNAP in 2018 (FR) and the interview during the preparation of the ceremony and the exhibition Walk in Beauty at Casino Luxembourg in 2014 (FR subtitled in EN)

Untitled Ceremony #14, 2018
With the work Study for a 16 mm film (2011) by Charlotte Moth from the MAC VAL Collection, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
35 min.
/Produced by La Ferme du Buisson CAC, Noisiel/Paris (FR) and the MAC VAL - Museum of contemporary art, Vitry-sur-Seine (FR)
/Performed at MAC VAL on December 2, 2018 and at La Ferme du Buisson on February 9, 2019

Untitled Ceremony #13, 2018
With the work Fortunate Loss #574 (2016) by Eva BartoYS from Olivier and Nicole Gevart Collection, Belgium
20 min.
/Produced and acquired by Olivier and Nicole Gevart
/Performed at Olivier & Nicole Gevart's home, ending by a discussion with the audience at Été 78, Brussels, on February 23, 24 and 25, 2018

Untitled Ceremony #12, 2017
With the work Sans Titre (1980) by Pierre Tal Coat from the Alain Le Provost Collection, Nantes, France
25 min.
/Produced by Alain Le Provost and the Museum of Fine Arts, Angers (FR)
/Performed within the exhibition Collectionner, le désir inachevé, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Angers, on December 13, 2017

Untitled Ceremony #11, 2017
With the work Ladies Jacket Smoking (2015) by Liz Magor from the FRAC Corse Collection, France
40 min.
/Acquired by the FRAC Corse in 2017
/Not yet performed

Untitled Ceremony #10, 2017
With the work She falls down (2009) by Susan Collis from the CNAP collection, Paris
35 min.
/Commissioned by the CNAP in co-production with La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec and La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel
/Acquired by the CNAP, Paris in 2017
/Performed at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec/Paris (FR) on May 20, 2017; at La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel/Paris (FR) on June 3, 2017; at FRAC Bretagne, Rennes (FR) on April 24, 2018; at La Nouvelle Adresse (CNAP), Pantin (FR) on September 15 & 16, 2018; at M Museum (Playground Festival), Leuven (BE) on November 15 & 16, 2019

Untitled Ceremony #09, 2016
With the work Drying Rack (1968) by Marinus Boezem from the artist's collection, Middelburg, the Netherlands
35 min.
/Curated by Julia Mullié and Nick Terra during the Amsterdam Art Weekend within the performance programme The Absence of Work
/Performed at Oudekerk, Amsterdam on November 26 & 27, 2016

Untitled Ceremony #08, 2016
With a double-cube inspired by Sol LeWitt (1991) from a Private Collection, New York
30 min.
/Produced by L'Iselp, Brussels
/Performed at L'Iselp, Brussels on May 19, 2016

Untitled Ceremony #07, 2015
With the work Cars Non Finito (2010) by Nina Beier from the FRAC Franche-Comté Collection, Besançon, France
35 min.
/Acquired by the FRAC Franche-Comté in 2015
/Performed at FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon (FR) on March 8, 2018

Untitled Ceremony #06, 2015
With the work Children’s trolley (I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew) (1993) by Rodney Graham from Herman Daled Collection, Belgium
35 min.
/Produced by WIELS, Brussels
/Performed at WIELS, Brussels on June 24 & 27, 2015

Untitled Ceremony #05, 2015
With a polychromed and gilded wooden reliquary sculpture from XVIth century from a Private Collection, Belgium
35 min.
/Produced by Kaaitheater, Brussels
/Performed at Don verboven exquisite objects during the Performatik Festival on March 21 & 26, 2015; at M Museum (Playground Festival), Leuven (BE) on November 15 & 16, 2019

Untitled Ceremony #04, 2014
With the work Bain de Lumière (1998) by Ann Veronica Janssens from the Cera/ M Museum collection, Leuven, Belgium
Performed with Agnese Negrini
50 min.
/Produced by M Museum, Leuven, Belgium
/Performed at M Museum during the Playground festival, on November 13 & 16, 2014

Untitled Ceremony #03, 2014
With the work Vitrine (film 3) (2008) by Bojan Šarčević from the Mudam Collection, Luxembourg
Performed by Lola Franzen, Anne-Cécile Heussner, Melinda Mucsi, Agnese Negrini, Nathalie Neuser, Elodie Parachini and Keith Wirrell
30 min.
/Produced by Casino Luxembourg
/Performed at Casino Luxembourg within Walk in Beauty exhibition, every Wednesday and Sunday, from July 14 to September 7, 2014

Untitled Ceremony #02, 2014
With the work Paysage (1870) by Théophile Narcisse Chauvel from the Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Quimper, France
Around 1 hour
/Produced by Le Quartier - Contemporary Art center and the Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Quimper
/Performed at Le Quartier - Contemporary Art center, Quimper (FR) on February 1, 2, 4 & 6, 2014

Untitled Ceremony #01, 2013
With a wooden plank replacing a painting from the Museum of Fine Arts in Liège, Belgium
30 min.
/Produced during the residency at Ravi Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liège
/Performed at the "brasserie Haecht", 251 Nord, Liège, Belgium on December 13, 2013