Conference of Christian Besson – « PROJECTEUR »

20 September 2014 at 6.30pm – auditorium

The public commission were made for the Salines Royales (French Republic française) of Arc et Senans, as well as a project for the Hôtel de ville (Town Hall) at Le Havre. Here Michel Verjux uses (as usual) fixed projectors for a documentary piece looking at the origins of this means of lighting. On this journey we encounter theatre and heritage as well as the history of amusement parks and universal exhibitions, the dromology and the art of war, more surprisingly.

Christian Besson began his career at Chalon-sur-Saône where it fell to him to organise in 1983 Michel Verjux’s first exhibition. He has a doctorate in art history and has had amongst other posts associate director at Villa Arson and professor at HEAD-Genève. Currently he is carrying out research on the history of exhibitions and shows in the 19th Century.
“Projector” constitutes the second phase of a series which began this summer in Thouars (beside the exhibition of Céline Duval) with “Peepshow”, a histoire of optical boxes.

This conference is organised as part of the exhibition of Michel Verjux.
For the European Heritage Days 2014.