Jean-Pascal Flavien: Open Seminar

  • Jean-Pascal Flavien

  • Jean-Pascal Flavien, statement house (temporary title), 2015. Royal College of Art, London.

  • Jean-Pascal Flavien, Breathing House, 2012. Parc Saint Leger.


  1. Nov 9, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Level 3, Sert Gallery

Jean-Pascal Flavien works in media as diverse as architecture, performance, drawing, and the printed word. Much of his practice destabilizes the space of exhibition. One recent project incorporated profoundly domestic objects—a functioning sink and faucet, an active light switch—into a conventional gallery. In another cycle of works, Flavien installed (or, sometimes, proposed) conceptually complex, mechanically mutable, and typically cuboid “houses” in sites around the world. He is also the co-founder of Devonian Press which publishes artist project periodicals. Flavien has referred to himself as a “grammarian of objects” and, indeed, his varied and poetic output interrogates how inhabited space and domestic forms order meaning.

Jean-Pascal Flavien

Jean-Pascal Flavien was born in France in 1971. He lives and works in Berlin. Flavien’s work combines architectural experiment with other medias. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions amongst others at Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin; Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin; South London Gallery, London, Centre d'Art Contemporain du Parc Saint Léger (Fr); Kunstverein Langenhagen (De); Capacete, Rio de Janeiro; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart (Fr), and in group shows including among others, Kunsthaus Bregenz, MUSAC Leon (Sp); Witte de With, Rotterdam; Tate Modern, London; Villa Arson, Nice; Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Flavien has completed five house at the moment, viewer, 2007 Rio de Janeiro; no drama house, Berlin 2009; two persons house, São Paulo, 2010;  breathing house, 2012 France; and statement house (temporary title) 2015 in London. Jean-Pascal Flavien is represented by Galerie Catherine Bastide, Bruxelles, and Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin. He is currently preparing the construction of the folding house (to be continued) at the Nouveau Musée de Monaco for 2015.

Agency for Critical Inquiry

Jean-Pascal Flavien: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.  Natalie Czech’s Open Seminar will take place the following evening, Nov 10, 6 pm.