Jan Kopp

Born in 1970 in Frankfurt
Lives and works in Lyon

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Jan Kopp


Biography
Bibliography
Texts
Portfolio

Projects with Suspended spaces

Contacts
Instagram

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Selected works

2022
Ronce
Constellation ordinaire #11 (Après, la mer s’est evaporée
Cartons d'emballage épluchés (2013-2022)
Sojacargos (2019-22)

2021
Abstimmen

2020
Les yeux de la Sueille

2019
Après avoir retourné le champ
Utopia House
Geologies
Eplucher de multiples horizons
Corrida, Afrique, Piano à Queue
Restes bouclés

2018
Capital Fordlandia IV
Capital Fordlandia II

2017
Capital Fordlandia I
Constellation ordinaire #10
Constellation ordinaire #9, nid d'abeilles
Constellation ordinare #8, moules de plâtre
Produit Lave Vaisselle U Eco

2016
3 février 13h52 - 2016 Silo Temporaire
Constellation ordinaire #7 (Peinture d'histoire manquante)
Das Gebäude
Constellation ordinaire #6 (Paradis pas cher, Blumenwiese)
Constellation ordinaire #5 (Garonne)
Lunch Bag Painting 1-13 Un Souffle, une vapeur

2015
Constellation ordinaire #4 (le balancier)
Soulever le monde
Gespenster
Ville sur Mikado

2014
À 2000 mètres d'ici
Dessin pour soulever le Monde
Voile
Une première tentative de soulever le monde
L’Oeil du cerf volant

2013 
Courir Niemeyer
Grand Ensemble
Dessin pour grand ensemble

2012
Constellation ordinaire #2 (Panettone etc.)
Constellation ordinaire #1 (Le Monde)
Dessins automatiques
Plan

2011
Les balançoires
La courbe de la ritournelle

2010
Le Jeu sans fin
The House

2009
Le Tourniquet

2008
Mohammédia (le projet disparu)
La Parabole
Ungebautes

2007
Die Welt ist alles, was...

2006
Im Treibhaus
And This is only the beginning
L’ivresse du tigre
Les méchants sont tous morts en Europe

2005
La Tour

2004
Monstres (rep.),
Quelques Mouvement cycliques

2003
Changer Une Minute
Nowhere-Lands

2002
Dé-marche

2001
Toitoitoiropa,
Sannectamock
Exits (in res publica)

1998
News from an Unbuilt City
Musique de cheminées

1997
Le Jardin des choses nommées
Perfectly Strange

1996
Regarder les gens passer

1995
Männersachen
Mohn Pavot

1994
Das Mohnfeld am Potsdamer Platz

1993
La butte aux coquelicots 





Le Jeu sans fin, 2010

11 Foucault's pendulums, 3000 glass beads, painted wooden tray, 16 x 9 m
Production : Coproduction Abbaye de Maubuisson / Conseil départemental du Val-d'Oise, Frac Alsace, Kunstraum Dornbirn, in partnership with the Musée des arts et métiers, Paris

Suspended from the beams of the Barn, eleven Foucault pendulums swing above a base studded with colored balls. In a slow and regular movement, each sphere adopts a particular direction. First presented publicly in 1851 at the Pantheon in Paris, Foucault's pendulum is an instrument designed to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. Diverting this particular use, Jan Kopp tends to take us away from any scientific logic. A pendulum can cross the trajectory of a ball in a completely unpredictable way, without disturbing its slow oscillation. Jan Kopp plunges us into a poetic and meditative atmosphere, in which we are the contemplators of a game without rules, without goal and without end.

"From time to time, and without being able to foresee it, this device is disturbed by the slamming and rolling sound of a marble on the floor, hit by a pendulum in its course. If Foucault's pendulum is a scientific instrument that materializes the rotation of the earth, each of these collisions punctuates the encounter between an unshakeable cosmic mechanics and a random configuration of reality at a given moment. [Each collision is a promise of the advent of meaning, more immediately identified by the sound it produces than by its spectacle. Thus, the real spring of the work is the expectation of the event, whether it takes place or not." [...]


— Olivier Grasser, excerpt, catalog of the exhibition Das endlose Spiel, Kunstraum, Dornbirn, Austria, 2010
+ Text by Julie Portier, Berceuse philosophique, 2011

+ Video interview: Jan Kopp talks about the installation Le Jeu sans fin in the interview with L'atelier A (partnership Adagp and ARTE Creative), on the occasion of the exhibition La Courbe de la ritournelle, Centre d'art contemporain, Abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône, 2011
+ Press review: Julie Portier, Gaétane Lamarche-Vadel, Gwendal Fossois, Jacinto Lageira, Joris Lacoste, Thierry Davila, Olivier Grasser, Marc Wellmann




Exhibition views La Courbe de la ritournelle, Abbaye de Maubuisson, site d'art contemporain du Conseil départemental du Val-d'Oise, Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône, 2011
Photos: © Robert Fessler & © Catherine Brossais - Conseil départemental du Val-d'Oise