Alexandre Singh examines the intellectual phenomena and commercial products of our consumer society through the lens of an ironic archaeology.
His works consist of a blend of such diverse narratives genres as collage, the university lecture and Shakespearian drama. The School for Objects Criticized; Alexandre Singh’s first solo presentation in a French institution, is an installation that takes the form of a theatrical play in which the role of artwork and spectator are inverted: the objects on display (a toaster, a bottle of bleach, two tape players, a sculpture, a slinky toy and taxidermic skunk) speculating about the world of human beings.
The pompous declarations of these characters /objects invite us to question our own discussions about art and culture. The underlying text of this piece draws its inspiration from the self-referential theatre of Molière, the 2nd century AD satirist Lucian of Samasota’s parodies of socratic dialogue, and even Woody Allen himself.