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“Perché Napoli?”
October 10 - November 21 2008

For the occasion of a cycle of presentations entitled “Perché Napoli” [Why Naples?] Lucie Fontaine has conceived T.D.P.D.T., a puppet show theater that addresses with the mythical past of the city. Using Naples’s most well-known sites—Lungomare, Napoli Sotterranea [Naples underground] and the Maschio Angioino castel—along with key locations of the artistic community from Seventies until today—Piazza del Plebiscito, the Campagnola restaurant and Piazza dei Martiri— 12 characters from the art world follow one another in a series of imaginary dialogues.

Following the schizophrenic nature of Lucie Fontaine, characters and dialogues are not logically linked. Working through stereotypes and random systems, Lucie Fontaine embodies a comedy of the absurd where artists, gallerists, curators and collectors are contented material and at—the same time—an open source to unexpected manipulations. Utilizing different levels T.D.P.D.T. presents itself as a platform where diverse issues engage in dialogue with humorous undertones. Conceived as a reflection of the system of production and communication, Lucie Fontaine proposes a project that uses the cultural humus of Naples as a ploy to demonstrate the growing interchangeability within cultural systems. In other words, we assist in the passage from “role-playing” to an ever more fluid co-habitation of different players who act within the art field.

Lucie Fontaine is an art employer who lives and works in Colmar (FR). Her two* art employees used to define her the Jamie Lynn Spears of contemporary art, “pregnant and in search of easy success.” “Perché Napoli?” is a project by T293 for the city of Naples. Six chapters conceived by six artists for the exhibition space located in Piazza Amendola. The project cycle will conclude with the publication of a book, edited by Lucie Fontaine and presented during the final opening. “Perché Napoli?” is additionally supported by Paul Thorel.

* L’Anti-Oedipe was written by the two of us, and since each of us was several, we were already quite a crowd.’ Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 1. Introduction: Rhizome.