Julien Bismuth

Exhibition Dates: 13 October – 4 December 2010
“An error in a landscape. A work that signals itself as an error, continually, in a dead code (its broken rhythm).”

Hence reads the inaugural page of Julien Bismuth’s book which, along with five video collages and a monumental metal pole surmounted by a white LED light, is to accompany the artist’s exhibition at Bloomberg SPACE. All three pieces, beyond their diversity of form and style, embody the same conceptual element: the dual expression in Morse code of the notion of error. Conveyed by two distinct procedural signals (or pro-signs)2 , it intentionally subverts the central Morse rules of inter-character spacing, or tempo, (such as: a dash equals three dots; the space between each parts of a same letter equals a dot; the space between two letters equals three dots…). By repeating, in a broken rhythm, sequences of singles dots3 , the meaning of “error” is assigned to these otherwise nonsensical series of “e”. In other words, the Morse code, instead of spelling or abbreviating the word “error,” arbitrarily determined two irregular forms, granting the very idea of error an exceptional status.


About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.