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BUSY TIME: A one-act play written for the stage by Guillaume Leblon and Thomas Boutoux

Part of French artists at FRONT Cleveland Triennial

Thomas Boutoux and Guillaume Leblon artist conversation, (Cropped),2018 - Courtesy of the artists

Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Busy Time is an experimental project by Guillaume Leblon and Thomas Boutoux, that demonstrates the artists’ dual engagement with time based media (the play) and public sculpture (the house/setting).

Leblon’s stage design and furnishings for the house occupy a dual role as stage prop and public sculpture, depending on how the house is used. It will be a project activated, alternatively, by the
artists, during installation, by the actors, during performances, and by the public, who are invited to tour the house when the theater is dark. In Leblon’s conception, the house assumes the role as a protagonist in the play, as well as in the space of the art going public.

Key topics of Busy Time are manifold; including happiness, dignity, aging, farginen, memory loss,
consensus, what art can be, and say, and do, dispersal and discrepancy, being a witness, talking about one’s life, and how bodies move.

Busy Time follows the first drama Leblon and Boutoux co-wrote, entitled The Interview. A play for two actors, The Interview was created in 2007 at Le Crédac contemporary art center in Ivry-sur-Seine. Staged more than ten times in the years since its premiere, this work prompted an ongoing conversation between an artist and an art critic going awry. Inspired by the kind of exchange that happens during a studio visit, The Interview brought out misunderstandings and mutual embarrassments, which such conversations can produce.

Leblon and Boutoux were partners in the experimental publishing house and art gallery, Paraguay Presscastillo/ corrales in Paris, from 2007-2011. Their current artistic project - the play, the house, and the acting company - becomes a living organism created by French artists existing within Cleveland’s Glenville community for the three-month period of the triennial exhibition.


Guillaume Leblon

Born in Lille in 1971, Guillaume Leblon lives and works in Paris.

He was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2011. Several solo shows have been devoted to his work in France, in particular by the CAC, in Ivry-sur-Seine in 2006; the Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, in 2010; the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, in 2011; the Musée de Sérignan in 2012; the IAC, Villeurbanne, in 2014; and abroad at the Kunstverein, Dusseldorf, in 2006; the CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, in 2008; the Mudam, Luxembourg in 2009; the Mass Moca in 2013; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, in 2015. Some of the more recent group exhibitions that have featured his work include: the Lyon Biennale in 2011; Pour un art pauvre at the Carré d’Art, Nîmes in 2011-12; the Rennes Biennale in 2012; and Une Histoire at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2014-16; L’usage des formes, at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2015 and Accrochage at Palazzo Grassi in 2016. Upcoming projects include a group show at Roundhouse/DuSable museum in Chicago in the fall, solo shows at Travesia Cuatro and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in the fall, and SMAK in Gand in 2018.

Thomas Boutoux

Thomas Boutoux is a Paris-based writer, curator, and publisher. He teaches social and contemporary art theory in the MA programme of the School of Fine Arts, Bordeaux. He was a founding member of several collective-run small-scale organizations in Paris, art spaces and imprints: Metronome Press, castillo/corrales, Section 7 Books, and the most recent one Paraguay, an organization devoted to developing a new vocabulary of words and actions through a program of publications, talks, exhibitions and workshops. He recently curated the exhibition « Time Will Tell » at El Eco Experimental Museo Mexico and co-organized the long-term project « All : Collected Voices » at Radio Athènes, Athens.

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