Emily Wardill & Marc Poumadère: Things Keep Their Secrets Emily Wardill & Marc Poumadère: Things Keep Their Secrets   Gallery I - IV, Landmark  Artist Talk

Please join us for the launch of the publication Emily Wardill "Things Keep Their Secrets", with a talk by Marc Poumadère and a conversation between Poumadère and Emily Wardill moderated by Kristoffer Jul-Larsen.

Following Emily Wardill's exhibition "Matt Black and Rat" at Bergen Kunsthall (20.1.-26.3.2017), we are pleased to present the publication Things Keep Their Secrets, published in collaboration with Motto. The book is extensive and multi-faceted by nature and includes both images and stills from the artist's latest works, the unique fumages, manually inserted into each of the 750 copies – as well as two newly commissioned texts by philosopher Michael Marder and critic Kirsty Bell. A conversation between curator Martin Clark and the artist also runs through the book and binds it all together within a characteristic design, reflecting Wardill's own presence in the process.
As an introduction to the complexities of the book, it starts with a facsimile of the academic paper "The French Dynamics of Risk Amplification and Attenuation in Context: A French Case Study", written by the French anthropologists Marc Poumadère and Claire May in 2003. The study is a key reference for Emily Wardill's film No Trace of Accelerator (2017), and describes a series of apparently spontaneous fires within the isolated French village of Moirans-en-Montagne in 1995-96. These mysterious fires resulted in both individual and social structural reactions in the small community, and these events form the focus of both the study and the artwork. However, where scientists Poumadére and May investigate the villagers' patterns of action based on an anthropological method, and describe how the fire generated a phase of fear, panic and superstition, spread through the small community, Wardill employs the structure and psychology of horror to explore the physical, psychological and narrative implications of trying to "model" entities, energies or objects that are in constant flux. Filmed on a series of constructed, stylised sets with a cast of archetypal characters loosely based on the real protagonists, Wardill introduces the idea of fire as a chaotic and unpredictable object—a metaphor for various conditions of fear, instability, uncertainty, and horror.
The exhibition "Matt Black and Rat" was British artist Emily Wardill's first major solo exhibition in Norway, consisting of two new film works, a new series of sculptural reliefs, and 11 major framed rayograms. Wardill lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
The French anthropologist Marc Poumadère is Program director for risk governance, at Institut Symlog de France, Paris.

In connection with the book launch we are happy to present a talk by Marc Poumadère: “The collective encounter with mysterious fires and the search for explanations”. The talk will be followed by a conversation between Poumadère and Emily Wardill, moderated by Kristoffer Jul-Larsen.

MARC POUMADÈRE is the founding director of Institut Symlog, Paris, a research organization, which main goal is to apply and develop social sciences in the risk domain (health, environment, technology). As Associate professor, he taught risk management and directed doctoral theses at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan from 1993 to 2002, and then at Ecole des Mines ParisTech and Sciences-Po Paris. His research centers on the relationship to risk held by individuals or groups, both within organizations and at the societal level. He serves as an expert for international and national agencies for the assessment of health and environmental risk. Poumadère holds a doctorate from the University of Paris-Dauphine, France, and was named Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis in 2002.

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