David RAFFINI & Florian PUGNAIRE (FR) 

Amnesia/Paramnesis (2013, vue d'exposition)

We’re working as a duo since the end of our art studies at Villa Arson (Nice), where we started developing a work combining sculpture and video. If video is for us a way to reinvent the archival of a process by turning the production stage of an artwork into a fictional experience, sculpture as our practice focuses on the material, the time and space restrained in the act of creation. For ten years, our collaborative work has been featured in several exhibition space on French and foreign territories, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Palazzo Cavour (Turin), Shin-Project-Space (New-York) and Roundhouse (Chicago). Artworks have integrated numerous private and public collections, as the later ones of Beaubourg, MAMVP and several Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain.

Our collaborative practice is underlined by questioning the sculpture as an « event artwork » and, in some way, by reflecting on the future of industrial objects. It centers around a pivotal research : making the mutation processes of « things » to the state of « artwork » visible. In doing so, we are notably interested by the shift of state of materials, and the exact moment in which everything switches. Thus, a sculpture could unfold equally in time and space, could be embodied by a device that generates - or had generated - diverse alterations, or even could adopt a fictional aspect by the means of a film. Our videos and installations keep following a thoroughly defined scenario, of which the narrative line climaxes the sculptural gesture and tension.