Jean-Christophe Norman - born in 1964. Lives and works in Besançon, France. In his artistic practice he examines notions of time, territory and copying, taking the form of performances, walking, writing, photographs or drawings. Norman exhibits his works around the world. His recent shows include: cartes postales du Mont Fuji (Tokyo/Besançon/Marseille, 2013), Les mondes possibles (FRAC Franche-Comté, 2013), Ulysses (FRAC PACA Marseille, 2013), les trois huit (FRAC Franche-Comté, 2012), The circumstances of the accident (Istanbul, 2011), Mediations Biennale Poznań, curated by Tsutomu Mizusawa (Poznań, 2010), and Up and down (New York, 2009).
Ulysses, a long way, performance, 2014
In the first part, Jean-Christophe Norman copied the novel Ulysses, by James Joyce, in longhand on sheets of A4. This set was presented to Marseille FRAC PACA in the form of an installation. In the second part, Norman decided to rewrite his new novel, but this time in the form of a line and in places scattered across the planet. This line explores the cities and locations ofthe exhibition and to on the floor in white chalk. It creates in the urban space a whole series of micro events, a kind of urban choreography. Wita large materiality of the text. It takes as its starting point a masterpiece of literature and unfolds the book on the globe. Thus, prose by Joyce confronts new situations and current contexts. This revival began in France in the city of Aigues-Mortes, and then continued in Tokyo, Paris, Venice, Marseille, and now Gdańsk.