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Das Feld gegenüber
German, English, French
48 pages
12 EUR

Brochure, 14 color plates

A cooperation between the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Akademie Schloss Solitude.

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With his camera, French photographer Olivier Menanteau visits managers, teachers or politicians at their workplaces. The results of his visual anthropology are “dense descriptions” of the various professions in modern society. “Scientists, namely natural scientists who increasingly have something to do with invisible phenomena, now frequently work with procedures that give images, which are not retroactive illustrations of results found otherwise, but are rather sources of recognition in themselves. Even Olivier Menanteau opens, with his photographs from two various years as a fellow, a source of recognition on the Wissenschaftskolleg (scientific college), the “Thinking chamber” in action. (Dieter Grimm)

Das Feld gegenüber documents Olivier Menanteau's first-time encounter with the ethnographic field of “science”. As an observing participant, the artist spent several months in the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and observed scientists thinking, researching and disputing. The result of his academic field research is a photo essay that impressively visually records the prevailing codes of behavior, hierarchies and the spiritual atmosphere of the academic world. The photographs are supplemented by essays on Mananteau's “research objects,” which reflect the work of the artist, especially the experience of being observed. Das Feld gegenüber gives enlightening visual insights into the intellectual world behind the Wissenschaftskolleg's closed doors.

With texts by Sorin Antohi, Raymond Depardon, Corinne Diserens, Christofer Edling, Dieter Grimm, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Jamie Monson.

Olivier Menanteau, born in 1956 in Salon de Provence, France, completed his studies at the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie d'Arles in 1987. The artist has lived and worked in Germany since 2001. His exhibitions and projects include “Working together” (Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes 2002), “L'arrivé” (Akademie Schloss Solitude 2003), “Ununterbrochen 3” (Institut Francais, Düsseldorf 2003), “Fim de Romane” (with Christine Meisner; Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes; Pinakothek, Sáo Paulo; Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalháes, Recife, 2005). In 2004, Olivier Menanteau had a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; in 2002 a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.