Art by Translation
Curatorial research fellowship 2017
Paris & Montréal

Art by Translation is an international research program in art and curatorial practices directed by Maud Jacquin and Sébastien Pluot. Organized in sessions dedicated to specific research themes, this itinerant program takes place at different sites in Europe and North America and develops artistic and curatorial projects, discursive events and publications in collaboration with museums, art schools and universities. In each context, research is enriched by the contributions of international artists, lecturers, doctoral and master’s students from different disciplines.

September 9 - November 19, 2017
Exhibition "The House of Dust by Alison Knowles"
CNEAI= art center, Magasins Généraux, Pantin / Paris:


WHEREVERYOUFINDIT.NET, the project developed for the exhibition "The House of Dust by Alison Knowles”, is taking shape as a website and makes reference to the collaborations Alison Knowles had established through and for the architectural structure of the House of Dust: sound artist Max Neuhaus had been enlisted to create a new sound installation for the house, while other artists, students and neighbors had been invited to contribute “found objects” that would be affixed to the surface of the house and continuously change and transform its surface and look.
Conceptually taking up this approach, the website will work as digital and virtual architectural structure, hosting and presenting various sound works and materials “affixed to it”. The online platform presents commissioned sound works, “found (sound)objects” contributed by various artists, curators, and and sound theorists, as well as a variety of additional materials by artists presented in the exhibition, interviews, recordings and texts related the project and its background, creating an extension of the exhibition space to the outside. In a Fluxus-type of spirit, it’s aim is to be a place of collaboration and presentation without clear boarders or structure, a hybrid of online exhibition and archive that will continue to grow over the duration of the exhibition.

June 15 - August 20, 2017
Exhibition "The House of Dust d’Alison Knowles"
Fonderie Darling, Montréal (CA):

In 1967, Fluxus artist Alison Knowles produced The House of Dust, one of the first computer-generated poems. Each quatrain began with “A house of ...” followed by random sequences of materials, sites or locations, light sources, and categories of inhabitants. In 1969, Knowles translated one of the quatrains into an architectural form, which was installed in Chelsea and then at CalArts, where a burgeoning community of artists and students were creating installations, performances, concerts, poetry courses, and film screenings. The exhibition presented at the Darling Foundry retraces the history of The House of Dust and presents contemporary artists’ new interpretations of the poem-score. Knowles also presents a new version of Gift Objects for the House of Dust.
Curators: Maud Jacquin & Sébastien Pluot, with Jeff Guess and the members of Art By Translation, Tyler Coburn, Lou-Maria Le Brusq, Joshua Schwebel, and Daniela Silvestrin.

MIXED SIGNALS (2011-2017) by Jonathon Keats

Mixed Signals considers communication with the non-human “other,” by engaging with plants and potential extraterrestrial life-forms. Keats carefully navigates the traps involved in such endeavours, such as the inevitable tendency to anthropomorphize how these radical “others” might perceive, empathize, or react.

Curation & Moderation
Conference "Other Inhabitants"
June 17, 2017

A one-day discursive event elaborating themes of mis/communication with non-human “others”. Presentations, performances, and discussions with invited artists and theorists beginning with a keynote by esteemed anthropologist Eduardo Kohn and concluding with a three-part performance by A Constructed World.
This day of lectures, debates, and performances on non-human communication was organized by Daniela Silvestrin, exhibition curator and participant in Art by Translation and in relation to The House of Dust d'Alison Knowles exhibition.

exhibition brochure

Press selection:
La Presse

Video reportage:
télévision communautaire de Montréal