XIIe Biennale de Paris

The 12th Paris Biennale was the second slowscan event I organized in 1982, a year after the exchange with MIT.  Ronald Reagan had just become president and one of the first things he did was cut all spending for international cultural events.  Georges Boudaille, head of the Biennale asked me to imagine an American participation to replace the one lost.  I proposed a slowscan exchange linking 11 American photographers with 12 photographers from France.

Images were exchanged over three weeks, photographed and hung on the walls of the Fee de l’Electricité room in the Museum of Modern Art, Ville de Paris.  Two of the artists on the American side are show here, Meridel Rubenstein, who orgnanzed the US side and Bernd Kracke who was at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies.  The bad polaroids are of the Paris work-station.

Unfortunately, photos of the entire installation are in the archives of the Paris Biennale and are not unavailable as are the video tape traces of the exhange.  The actual photos remained with the participating photographers.

Catalogue

Meridel Rubenstein's title for the entire show.

Meridel Rubenstein’s title for the entire show.

Meridel's intro to her own installation

Meridel’s intro to her own installation

Another transmited image shot off the screen of Maridel's ranch

Another transmited image shot off the screen of Maridel’s ranch

Meridel's reconstructed rnach house

Meridel’s reconstructed rnach house

Meridel's horizon line

Meridel’s horizon line

Meridel's completed installation

Meridel’s completed installation

Installation for taking photos to send

Installation for taking photos to send

Jean-René Baader setting up photos

Jean-René Baader setting up photos

DF signature portrait

DF signature portrait

Bernd Kracke, image sent from MIT in Boston

Bernd Kracke, image sent from MIT in Boston

Bernd Kracke with Slowscan machine

Bernd Kracke with Slowscan machine

Bernd Kracke photo of installation sent by slowscan

Bernd Kracke photo of installation sent by slowscan