Jan Kopp

Born in 1970 in Frankfurt
Lives and works in Lyon

Biography
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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 





Quelques Mouvement cycliques, 2004

Video in five chapters
Production: Ateliers des Arques
Collections: Frac Alsace; Collection publique d'art contemporain du Conseil Général de la Seine-saint-Denis

Quelques mouvements cycliques - a work in five parts made from images borrowed from the inhabitants of a small village in the Quercy region of France - mixes histories and fragments of territories (rural, urban, maritime...) The work is conceived as a geographical and social patchwork where associations and contradictions of meaning (individual/collective; playing/working; order/chaos; eating/being eaten...)
As always, the artist disturbs our reference points by a work of deconstruction and reconstruction, both on the images and on the sound. In the part Für Ulysses, Kopp stages a flock of sheep whose movements are choreographed (originally) by a sheepdog. The sheep form a single body, a body whose movements the artist punctuates with a game of slowed down, accelerated, backward, and freeze-frame. In doing so, he creates chaos where order reigned. The country space takes on the scale of a battlefield where stars and red crescents * are forced to obey and bend, filled with terror... The herd driven by Kopp becomes a metaphor for war, like Giono's novel The Great Herd. In the same way, the artist uses juxtapositions, alternations of places, slowness and accelerations, without temporal transition between the chapters to place his herd in the center of the work, surrounding it with anodyne and timeless saynètes. They act like old family photos for which we no longer have the key to reading (but which we like to keep because they are part of our history): a fishmonger skilfully skins a monkfish, a child plays in a garden, a man dances on a quay under the sun... The flashbacks bring the past into the present; life goes on, life stops, life starts again, like "some cyclic movements".
* The herds mixing in the mountain pastures, each owner identifies his animals by the distinctive sign painted on their backs.