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Jean-Marc Chapoulie

Born in 1967 in Poitiers

Les Lilas


Jean-Marc Chapoulie is a French filmmaker and videast. He performed in the punk and rock scene in Poitiers and played the keyboard in a local punk group: Emergency. He also collaborated on fanzines, including Tant qu’il y aura du rock. From 1992 to 1999, he worked as assistant director of the documentary series Cinéastes de notre temps (Filmmakers of our times), directed by Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe. Then, from 2002 to 2006, he intervened on a regular basis at the Studio Le Fresnoy and taught at the Ecole supérieure d’art in Grenoble as well as the Regional School of Fine Arts in Besançon. In 2001, Jean-Marc Chapoulie was one of the associated curators at the Lyon Biennale of contemporary art, after having taken his first steps in the domain in collaboration with, amongst others, Harald Szeemann and André S. Labarthe in the 1990s. Jean-Marc Chapoulie was then invited to the Lyon Biennale as an artist, where he presented a work titled The Corridor of Cthulhu, in which he questioned the specific systems of exhibition of the moving image as part of an installation and, in particular, the role played by the spectator in such a context. In 2006, he presented a film on the Tour de France, TDF06, at the Palais de Tokyo. In this case, the principal thrust of his work was the question of editing. Since the end of the 1990s, using the name Alchimicinéma, Jean-Marc Chapoulie proposes hybrid seances, at the same time conferences and performances, projections and installations. In the eponymous collection published in 2008, he reveals his thoughts on what could be recognized as cinema. His considerations include ideas on the redefinition of the genre, elements of support for moving images and a heretical history of filmic practices, as well as the methods of fabrication and exhibition of films, without forgetting questions of author’s rights and copyrights. Since 2006, he has taught at the Fine Arts School in Annecy in the video/cinema department.



Production of exhibitions

1995 : Production manager for the installation Cinéma Virgule
1995 : Project leader for the Kunsthaus Zurich (Harald Szeeman).
1996 : Production and post-production of André S. Labarthe’s mono-band Amour.
1996 : Production manager for the films of Chantal Akerman, Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Raymond Depardon.
1996 : Project leader at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art (exhibition: Amour).
2000 : Retrospective of the films of Frederick Wiseman
2000 : Curator for the biennale of photography, Le Grand Album, Chalon-sur-Saône
2001 : Exhibition of films and installations of Jean Nolle, Pedro Costa, Véronique Aubouy, Harry Smith, André S. Labarthe, François Pain, François Tosquelles, Félix Guattari
2001 : Curator for the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Connivence
2002 : Performance cinema with the multifunctional structure of Nicolos Floch’
2002 : Exhibition of Nicolas Floch’s installation Novo 3/4
2002 : Artistic director of the B.B.I. festival in Fribourg (Switzerland)
2002 : Curator at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Le ciné-club
2005 : Programming manager for films at the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art
2006 : Curator of the exhibition Re:Re, Espace Paul Ricard (Paris)
2007-2008 : Curator of the exhibition ‘Le Dernier qui parle’, FRAC Champagne Ardenne



Exhibitions cinéma and/or vidéo

2000 : Cai Guo-Qiang, le défi de l’explosion (5’, 2000), Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
2001 : Nécronomics, avec Oreste Scalzone (70’, 1999-2001), Fri Art5, Fribourg. (Suisse)
2002 : Le Perpendiculaire Cinéma (4 x 60’, 2002), la tapisserie, la Revue perpendiculaire, FRAC Marseille
2003 : L’Encouragement (2’, 2003, FRAC Marseille, FRAC Reims et Palais de Tokyo6.
2005 : Le Couloir de Cthulhu (135’, 2005), Biennale de Lyon
2005 : Gilberto Zorio, co-réalisation avec Véronique Aubouy (32’, 2004), FRAC Reims
2006 : #4 (4’, 2006), Re :Re, Espace Paul Ricard7, Paris
2007 : SPACEpective (23’, 2007), Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2008 : Vin d’honneur (60’, 2008), FRAC Aquitaine
2008 : Ron NewComer (12’, 2008); CHIPs (5’, 2008), Galerie Xippas, Paris
2008 : Prolo (installation, 35’, 2008), Biennale de Rennes

1990-1998 : avec la compagnie Bernard Lubat
2003 : tournée avec Le hors série Le burlesque de la revue art press, Le Palais de Tokyo, Reims, Clermont-Ferrand.
2003 : tournés avec la sortie du livre Idiotie de Jean-Yves Jouannais, Le Havre, Reims, Marseille.
2004 : (avril), Villes nouvelles / villes neuves au Palais de Tokyo
2004 : (avril), Le Manger au Centre Pompidou8
2002-2006 : au FRAC Champagne Ardenne
2003-2006 : au Centre Culturel Suisse de Paris
2007-2008 : au Mac/Val