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Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin came together in 1991 in Paris to form Art Orienté objet. From the beginning their output has included installation, performance, video, and photography dealing with the various themes around Life. This approach is inclusive enough to have led their work into the domains of biology, behavioral sciences, ecology, and ethnology leading to a surprising art that is both visionary and political.
Art oriente objet’s ecological concerns resulted in art which seems to have strong links to a craftwork tradition in which recycling and reusing are important. Their use of recycled materials confers upon their art an aspect of masterly tinkering. In fact, their notions of recycling also extend to already established ideas that they defined as ready-thoughts from the very beginning of their collaboration.
In a collaboration that resembles that between a playwright and a stage director who are in constant dialogue, they are fascinated by the sciences of life in general and of behavior in particular--from ethology to trans-cultural psychiatry.
During the last twenty-five years, they have put forth several poetic and surprising projects that have resulted from their experimentations and that reveal our behaviors as we face existence and the environment. Their works take on various forms in which we find a familiar animal presence and a staging of their own existence.
They took part in numerous international solo and group shows among them Sonsbeek (Arnhem 1993), Castello di Rivoli, (Turin, 1994), Melbourne Biennial (Melbourne 1999), Biennale de Lyon (Lyon 2000), Tate Liverpool (2004), MUMOK (Vienne, 2004).