Eric Giraudet de Boudemange
» YVAIN! «
October 13 — October 12, 2019
Opening: October 12, 2019, 7:00 pm
Lily Robert is pleased to participate in Paris Avant Première with YVAIN!, a video game performance by Eric Giraudet
de Boudemange, staged within Lauren Coullard’s solo show Night Fall, currently on view at our new location.
For this special event, the medieval-futuristic animations by the French artist and performer will inhabit the space of the
gallery, intersecting with the heraldic and chivalric atmosphere of Coullard’s paintings. Here, the spectator turns into an
active hero player, a valiant knight on a quest to experience and expiate the indulgent miseries of tormented love.
Inspired by a passage of The Knight of the Lion, a 12th-century novel written by Chrétien de Troyes, YVAIN! is an
“artwork to be played” which explores the tribulations and the cathartic potential of love, reviving its romantic and
courteous vocation. The virtual epic expedition traverses archaic and digitalised civilizations, treading between ancient
virtues, game codes, cyborg love, heroic gestures and sentimental redemption.
Readings and actions will be performed live by the artist alongside the active video game, transposing IRL the glorious
spirit and vulnerability of the animation’s protagonist.
YVAIN! is built by game developer Tomavatar and produced by La Criée, centre d’art contemporain.
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Eric Giraudet de Boudemange was born in 1983 in Boulogne Billancourt. He lives in Paris and works in France and
abroad. After studying at ensb-a, Paris, Le Fresnoy and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, he was invited to participate
to several artistic residencies in Europe, as well as in Egypt, Benin and the United States. Recently, he has presented
performances at the Centre Pompidou, Fondation Ricard and La Criée. He was granted solo exhibitions at the
Fries Museum, Punt WG and Billytown in the Netherlands and Centre d'art Les Capucins. He is currently a resident at
CAC Brétigny for a project mixing pigeon paths, meditation and labyrinths.
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Paris Avant-Première is an initiative supporting the emerging artistic scene gathering a community of young
galeries and independent Parisian spaces. It strives to outline a local cartography mapping present-day creation, and
sheds light on places that foster a budding artistic scene, outside conventional marketing channels. The project and its
agents will be given top billing during a week of events and previews organized across the city to launch FIAC, making
the most of the international spotlight directed onto the month of contemporary art in Paris.