La quatrième classe

La quatrième classe (The fourth class) is an exhibition curated by Jérôme Dupeyrat, with among other artists Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Jonathan Monk, Julien Nédélec, Conny Purtill, Nick Thurston, and many more… November 23 to December 21, 2013, Florence Loewy by artists, Paris.
Published for the first time in 1905, the universal decimal classification (UDC) is a knowledge classification system widely used in libraries. In itself rational and comprehensive, this system has nonetheless exhibited a kind of anomaly: the 4th class was transferred without being re-attributed, and is “currently unoccupied”. Although the 4th class doesn’t have a concrete usage in libraries, it is not strictly speaking non-existent, but more precisely vacant. In other terms, it exists by virtue of its potential, though remaining empty of any substance which might make this existence tangible.
According to an analogous logic, the exhibition La quatrième classe brings together diverse artistic propositions linked to books and publishing (artists’ books, pageworks, works making reference to books, creations with libraries or bookshops as sites) which have in common the fact that they make concrete discrete or inframince realities whose existence is borne of absence and the substance of a void…

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