- Courtesy Untilthen, Paris
In 2012, Robert Samuel invented a new profession: Line sitter, one who waits in a queue for others. Employees of his company, baptised Same Ole Line Dudes, queue in New York for the impatient customers who want the new iPhone or the best seats for a show without the inconvenience of having to form a queue which may last several days. By filling a contemporary need, Robert Samuel has become a new standard for measuring time.
From the opening of the Biennial 2018, Robert Samuel waits in the Saint-Savinien church. He is waiting to measure with his presence a contemporary need that few countries dare to face without hypocrisy: accompaniment and acceleration of the end of life. During the summer of 2018, in Belgium, where the law strictly prohibits euthanasia, a man or a woman decided and repeatedly notified doctors of his/her desire to stop living in order to put an end to his/her pain. On the day and at the moment of the voluntary departure of this man or woman, Robert Samuel will leave the Saint-Savinien church.
"Since 2006, David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin, "Explorers of the Abyss", have been probing existential faults, observing figures of the fall and forms of alienation. Rubbing constantly against the fringes of society, they offer modest and modest monuments to the "off-axes". There is no complacency or temptation in their fascination for the "marginal", who is first moved by the search for a spark in the dark. Addiction and melancholy rub shoulders, but without chatter or literality. Because it's not about screaming in their work, it's more about whispering. One enters it in the mode of shared secrecy, of confidence.read more