Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Camille Richert


Camille Richert is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in contemporary history. Her first research work in social history focused on women workers in the inter-war period. After a stint at the École du Louvre, she began a doctoral thesis in 2016 under the supervision of Laurence Bertrand Dorléac at Sciences Po – Paris, where she lectures in history at the Collège Universitaire. Her research work focuses on representations of work in art since 1968. In the vein of the social history of art, she articulates art history with history, anthropology or sociology to weave a visual history of work-related gestures and emotions from the decline of Western political ideologies to the present day. She also worked as an editor at Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette (2014-2018), where she was in charge of publishing the institution’s first books and coordinated the ReSource project, a tool for documenting contemporary art production. As an art critic, she regularly collaborates with various public and private institutions as well as magazines. This article is her third publication in Switch (on Paper).

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Interview by Camille Richert
13 September 2018

Writing in someone else’s night
A talk between Tyler Coburn
and Camille Richert

Interview by Camille Richert

On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 6:31 AM, Camille Richert wrote:

Good morning, Tyler!
I hope you have spent a quiet night. At the time I am writing this email, you are probably just beginning to sleep whilst I am beginning my workday. I hope this industrious digital fluid sent from Paris to New York will not affect your sleep. Asking you to work on our interview while I am aware you are sleeping at the moment makes me feel a bit guilty. But in a way, maybe we are freer by answering during one other’s sleep. In my opinion, there is always something very liberating in writing in the night: in one’s own night, or in somebody else’s night. During the past year, I used to write during the night when I had nothing to do early in the morning, because of this feeling of freedom: I went to bed around 4 or 5 or sometimes 6am, then I woke up at 10am and went back to my desk from 11:30. A short nap of one and a half hours in the afternoon helped me continue until 4am…and so on. That was a perfect rhythm for my body and soul. As of this year (and because of new professional activities), I have had to radically change the way I am working. Or the way I am sleeping. Truth be told, when I picture work and sleep, they’re two sides of the same coin.

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