Xavier Antin – Offshore

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur. Photo: Aurélien Mole
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur. Photo: Aurélien Mole

I am on the beach, I get into a two-floor office building. There are thousands of mailboxes at the entrance. It is an empty building. I look for the Amazon marketing department. I found it on the first floor, door 12. I go up. The door is closed but I can see through the window a little room, not more than 15 square meters, almost empty. There is a chair, a desk and a computer. On its screen is displayed the Windows 8 logo of the screensaver.

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur. Photo: Aurélien Mole
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur. Photo: Aurélien Mole

Someone comes, he wears a maintenance uniform Amazon-labeled. He apologizes to me, opens the door and then closes it. I watch him through the window, he seems to be cleaning but there is nothing to clean. The waste paper basket is empty. He stands in front of the computer and logs in his username password. He updates the Excel software. He opens the mailbox, there is a new message. Without reading it he answers : Office state : operational Maintenance OK Connection OK IP address : 192.168.0.14 Amazon Marketing Service Cayman Office.

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur. Photo: Aurélien Mole
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur. Photo: Aurélien Mole

In his second exhibition at Galerie Crèvecoeur, Xavier Antin (born in 1981 in Paris) continues exploring reproduction of images and printings through different media, all combined with a study on spatiality – themes reflecting the artist’s background as a graphic designer.

Xavier Antin at Galerie Crèvecoeur, until May 10, 2014.

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