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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Essay by Camille Richert
Installation - Xavier Antin
17 March 2020

Xavier Antin, The Mechanical Condition

Essay by Camille Richert
Installation - Xavier Antin

Artist and graphic designer, Xavier Antin first became known for his works on the conditions of production and forms of resistance, even revolt, brought about by machines in the course of history. In recent years, he has turned his attention to their role within the dematerialised monetary economy and the language economy that they feed into. This was the starting point of my exchanges with the artist, from which this essay on our contemporary and conflictual relationship to machines has been woven together.

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