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Julien Prévieux Won The 2014 Marcel Duchamp Award

On Saturday October 25th, 2014, the French artist Julien Prévieux received the 2014 Marcel Duchamp Award at the Paris FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) for his work entitled What shall we do next ? created between 2006 and 2011. Also being considered for the prize were the 4 French artists Evariste Richer, Théo Mercier and Florian et Michaël Quistrebert.

Conceived as a choreography and a movie, What shall we do next ? is a video installation in which professional actors and dancers perform gestures relating to the use of new technologies (laptops, game consoles and other electronic devices). The work is projected on a wall, mixing dance, visual art, technology and experimentation. The artist Julien Prévieux describes it as based on “the regulated behaviours of our everyday life”.

Thanks to the Marcel Duchamp Award, Julien Prévieux won € 35,000 as well as a solo exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris that will open in September 2015. The award also includes € 30,000 for the production of a new work that will be shown in this future exhibition.

The Marcel Duchamp Award was created in 2000 by the ADIAF (Association pour la Diffusion International de l’Art Français) that gathers over 350 contemporary art collectors in France. It aims to present the most innovative French artists and support their international exposure.

Julien Prévieux is born in 1974 in Grenoble, France. He currently works and lives in Paris. He is represented by Galerie Jousse Entreprise (Paris) and by Galerie West (La Haye). He came to prominence in the early noughties for his absurdist videos and interventions. He is most famous for the Lettres de non-motivation (2000-ongoing). His work has been shown extensively in France and abroad, including at the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation in Los Angeles and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga.

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