Politiques de l'amitie
book by Jacques Derrida (Galilee, 1994, 423 pages) cut by hand into confetti, dimensions variable
In his book Politiques de l'amitie (The Politics of Friendship) Derrida examines the the idea of friendship and its political consequences pursued down the ages. He proofs that friendship has a politics and argues that aspects of the political - in broader socio-cultural terms - might well be elucidated by examining the seemingly intimate realm of friendship.
Derrida also shows that 'political friendship' is fundamentally inflected by gender and that the canonical model of friendship is 'a phallocentric, or phallogocentric, concept'. From an Aristolean construction onwards, the parameters of friendship and friendship bonds exclude women and the notion of female friendship.
Undoubtedly female friendship exists. Relating to our artistic partnership, practice and a long time collaboration we are trying to establish a politics of female friendships through a simple gesture: we cut Derrida's book by hand into small confetti. The resulted pile of confetti is a sculpture to be carried out by throwing it in one blow in the air, in the exhibition space, over visitors' heads, over other works around. The random configuration composed by the fall is susceptible to chance and other unexpected forces, to air draughts or people's shoes. The sculpture will disappear in space and time, dispersing in the gallery, slowly spreading out in the streets, turning into dust, getting lost until completely vanished.
photo credits: Dan Vezentan