Jérôme Dupeyrat & Laurent Sfar
This ninth volume of Digressions brings together discussions organised by Jérôme Dupeyrat and Laurent Sfar with a group of dinner guests. Among the topics are books and reading, education and teaching methods, food and culinary practices, agriculture, and ecology.
To mark the exhibition La Bibliothèque grise – ch. 4, "Objets parlants", the Digressions series is welcoming a presentation of the exhibition via transcription of a is a record of conversation between researchers, art critics, educationists, agronomists and artists. During a meal organised by Jérôme Dupeyrat and Laurent Sfar, discussion revolved around an investigation into the agro-ecological transition, summed up on a tablecloth-publication and a dinner service presented during the exhibition at La Ferme du Buisson.
Initiated by La Ferme du Buisson in association with Captures Éditions, Digressions parallels the Art Centre programme. Through the fresh light of group discussion the series clarifies the thinking, criteria, methods and, sometimes, serendipity that fuel a creative working process.
Since 2015, Jérôme Dupeyrat and Laurent Sfar have been working on a joint art project titled La Bibliothèque grise [The Grey Library]. At the same time each has been following up personal projects that fuel their collaborative interests.
Laurent Sfar's practice has two main focuses: publication of the Ex-libris series of artist's books offering visualisations of such literary texts as George Perec's La disparition [A Void], Charles Nodier's Moi-même [I Myself] and Edwin Abbott Abbott's Flatland; and installations in public spaces including the forest of Sénart, the National Theatre in Belfort and the Palace of Versailles gardens.
Initially a researcher, art critic and exhibition curator, Jérôme Dupeyrat has a particular interest in the connections between art, publishing, the media and education. Since 2010 he has also worked on numerous projects with artists and graphic designers like Laurence Cathala, David Coste, officeabc (Brice Domingues and Catherine Guiral) and Laurent Sfar.
authors Jérôme Dupeyrat / Laurent Sfar
with Michel Duru, agronomist, former research director at the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRAE) Toulouse; Sandra Foltz, artist and teacher; Nathalie Leleu, art historian; Lise Lerichomme, artist and lecturer at the Jules Verne University of Picardy; Cécile Poblon, director of the BBB art centre in Toulouse; Yvan Poulain, former director of La Cuisine art centre in Nègrepelisse and director of the art library, Espaces d’Art Contemporain in Caen and Marie-Hélène Robin, agronomist and lecturer at the Purpan School of Engineering in Toulouse
publisher Captures éditions / Ferme du Buisson
general editor Valérie Cudel
editorial coordination Céline Bertin
graphic design Claire Moreux
copyeditor Sophie Streefkerk
english translation John Tittensor
publication date 2020
languages French / English
format 21,5 x 13,5 cm + postcard
price 6 €
printing Imprimerie Simon, Ornans (France)
distribution Les presses du réel