NON CONSERVATION LAWS                                                  En / Fr

Christophe Bruno (2009-2010)

Non Conservation Laws is both an artistic and curatorial attempt to question temporality, emergence and obsolescence within production-distribution-consumption processes, in the context of globalization and network capitalism. It deals in particular with the question of consumption in art on different time scales, from the shortests to the longests, of the lifespans of artworks, their breakdown, their disappearances, their reincarnations... to intrication between observability and use, between sacred and profane. The projects aims at observing unidentified phenomenons located in a no man's land between perenity of the object and the ephemeral aspect of performance, between decay of the aura and its resurrection.

About the title: nature is ruled by conservation laws. They describe quantities which remain unchanged after some event happened in a close system. One speaks about conservation of the energy for instance. Are such conservation laws relevant when applied in the domain of artistic production, distribution or consumption processes? The title has therefore a double meaning: «conservation» also means here «artwork conservation».

Below you will find a few examples of artworks that have interesting behaviours, as far as their life expectancy is concerned.

Life expectancy of a parasitic project and its host
An artpiece that dies when its collector dies
Claude Shannon's Ultimate Machine
Shortest possible performance
Longest possible conceptual artpiece
Hapax: birth of a new signifier
Zero-tolerance: a periodic artwork
Hadopi: a stupid french law vs conceptual art

(more to come... work in progress)


To be realeased soon: the project ArtWar(e), in collaboration with philosopher Samuel Tronçon.


Nov 26 - Dec 4, 2010
Non Conservation Laws and ArtWar(e) at the Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France [+]

Nov. 3rd,, 2010
Conference ArtWar(e) at the Piemonte Share Festival, Torino [+]

Jul. 16 to 18, 2010
ArtWar(e) exhibited at SMIR in Piazza, Mondovi, Italy, invited by Caroline Engel, Centre d'Art des Capucins, Ville d'Embrun [+]

Mar. 6, 2010
Workshop in gallery Ars Longa, Paris: «In the limbo of the signifier», on Linear logic, with philosopher Samuel Tronçon [+]

May 10, 2009
Non Conservations Laws at VisionForum
Vision Forum is an open platform for sharing and developing visions to inspire, expand and enrich the expression and practice of contemporary visual art... [+]

Apr. 16-25, 2009
Non Conservations Laws at the Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid - Nouveau cinéma et art contemporain [+]


Crédits :
Co-production pour Les Lois de Non Conservation : Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid / Christophe Bruno.
Co-production pour ArtWar(e) : Ville d'Embrun / / Christophe Bruno / Samuel Tronçon. ArtWar(e) a été exposé pour la première fois à « SMIR in Piazza » Mondovi, Italie, à l'invitation de la curatrice Caroline Engel du Centre d'Art des Capucins à Embrun (
Collaborateurs pour la version zéro des Lois de Non-Conservation : Antonio Arroyo, Anne Laforet, Frédéric Lepeltier, Emmanuel Melmoux, Florence Pélissier, Carole Philippot-Melmoux