Donatella Bernardi in association with NoĂ©mie Gygax
Jean-Jacques Rousseauâs (who lived in MĂŽtiers in 1762â1765) question âis it culture that perverts Man?â is correlated to one of todayâs interior sportsâthe pole dance. As a result, for the 2011 MĂŽtiersâArt en plein air (âOutdoor Artâ) opening, to be held on June 18thâartist Louise Dahl-Lindvall proposes a pole dance choreography based on Rousseauâs ideas, on absinthe and its mascot, the fairy. Next to her a flashing âneon-sculptureâ on the faĂ§ade of the âold farmâ Bovet building. The Bovet companyâs logo consists of a black cat drinking the anise-flavored liquor straight from the glassâaÂ motif copied from a Mourgues brothersâ poster. For JJR Pole Dance, the cat dances around a pole whose line-structure recalls Marcel Duchampâs Large Glass (1934). The cones (stills or Duchamp-style chocolate maker?) are like machines that transmute matter to drunkennessâan alchemy that corresponds to JJR Pole Dance, in a flavor imported from Las Vegas.
Background picture: Louise Dahl-Lindvall for JJR Pole Dance. Photo: Alain Germond.