Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges is a 10-day series of performances and critical explorations uniting French and American thinkers and artists from social sciences, philosophy, literature and live arts.


10/18/2013 >  14:30 - 20:30
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street)
NY 10021

Discussion / Performance / Screening. Co-presented withWhitney Museum of American Art


The Whitney Museum and Villa Gillet offered a carte blanche to artist and filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux. Exploring the theme of “anxiety,” Grandrieux will present the first two pieces of his trilogy-in-progess Unrest: the film White Epilepsy and the performance piece Meurtrière (World Première). Grandrieux will also discuss his body of work with Avital Ronell.

Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm.
Please check the Whitney Museum website for more information: whitney.org/Events/Unrest


4PM-8PM Meurtrière

Performance by: Philippe Grandrieux (Filmmaker / FR) Featuring: Hélène Rocheteau (Performer / FR), Emilia Giudicelli (Performer / FR), Vilma Pitrinaite (Performer / LH), Francesca Ziviani (Performer / IT) Produced by: Annick Lemonnier for EPILEPTIC Supported by: le Phare, CCN du Havre, Haute Normandie / 2013

The theme of Meutrière is “Das Ding” (The Thing). It is senseless, insane, intolerable, hysterical, grotesque, phobic, dangerous, brutal, consuming, wild, sexual, unpredictable, staggering, frenetic, atrocious, anxious, frightening, ecstatic, desirable, vulgar, perverse, embarrassing, shameless, nervous, obscene, pornographic, sacred, furious. It is without intention...

The performance will take place from 4pm to 8pm. This performance will be experienced by a limited number of visitors at a time.


6.15PM-7.15PM White Epilepsy

Film by: Philippe Grandrieux (Filmmaker / FR) Featuring: Hélène Rocheteau (Performer / FR), Jean-Nicolas Dafflon (Performer / SZ), Anja Röttgerkamp (Performer / GE) Dominique Dupuy (Performer / FR) Produced by Annick Lemonnier for EPILEPTIC / 2012 Supported by: Le Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Image/Mouvement), Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Le Centre National de la Cinématographie, La Région Languedoc-Roussillon

In the heart of the forest, an ancient clan rehearses its rituals. Obscure figures are propelled by enigmatic forces. It is a dream, or a nightmare—woven through with fear, sexuality and animalism. White Epilepsy drives the viewer to the depths of his own intimate experiences with terror and desire.

7-8.30PM Discussion

Philippe Grandrieux is interviewed by Avital Ronell.