• public platform
  • 10th and 11th May 2014

The second Printemps des Laboratoires is organised around the subjects of art and work. It particularly focuses on a rejection of work as a questioning of production systems and the value of art, of the relationship between the artist, art production and the institution and also of the artist as a worker. This Printemps #2 will also look back at the creation of artist groups involved in political action that subverts the relationship between artistic product and capital.

With: Åbäke, Alexey Asantcheeff, Mikkel B.Rasmussen, Barthélémy Bette, Ellen Blumenstein, Ève Chabanon, Mathilde Chénin, Sybille Cornet, Yael Davids, Guillaume Désanges, Maurizio Lazzarato, Francesco Matarrese, Jan Mech, Dieudonné Niangouna, Émilie Parendeau, Mattia Pellegrini, Vassilis Salpistis, Romana Schmalisch & Robert Schlicht, Katerina Šedá, Benjamin Seror, Adva Zakai, l'ENSBA Lyon & la HEAD Genève.

Saturday 05/10 program is available here, and Sunday 05/11 program is available here.

The Tribune du Printemps des Laboratoires is available! With contributions from Maurizio Lazzarato, Francesco Matarrese, Robert Filliou, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Franz Kafka, Andrea Fraser, among others. you can download its different sections here (in French): Ouverture, Refus du travail, Le travail de l'art, Les artistes (...), Le Printemps #2


Le Printemps des Laboratoires is a yearly invitation to the public. It was developed to be the ideal moment to bring up and debate, both in theory and in practice, the issues that guest artists at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers address. In the form of an artistic tool, it takes place over two days and includes discussions intended to be moments for sharing, performances and workshops, on different scales and in different formats. This meeting is the opportunity to break down the divide between audiences and specialists, to roll out a singular tool that encourages experiences of art and politics rather than representations of them, the circulation and comparison of ideas rather than their authoritative forms of transmission. While being a critical and artistic condensation and development of les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers project, this year’s Printemps des Laboratoires offers an opportunity to nurture research and explore a variety of current artistic, historical and critical contexts, both French and international.

Debate about art schools on Sunday 11th benefits from the collaboration and participation of the ENSBA Lyon (studio Post Performance Future) and the HEAD Geneva (department art/action).

Visual: Art Strike Handbook, Stewart Home (1989, Sabotage Editions)