A + O –
a-plus-o-min.us

2013 – 2016
Collaborative artistic and curatorial practice 
Arthur Fouray & Nastassia Cougoulat Montel


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a plus o minus, Projects, 2013201420152016

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a + o – is a collaborative curatorial practice, observing objects as its primary focus. It aims to engage the viewer in a conversation about pop culture, through the mix of objects, from leftovers to art pieces to consumables. Through the prism of a + o –, objects are seen as the notes and tones used to write music, or the combinations of signs supporting languages and speech.

The research process of a + o – starts with a constant onlooker attitude, often discovering objects by chance while being on the move. It is then refined via multiple phases of selection, extraction, juxtaposition, and presentation.

The selection stems from a careful validation process with visual appeal, heterogeneity, social values and cultural idioms as criteria.

A photoshoot of the objects constitutes the extraction phase. The pictures are processed as clipped pack-shots to appear ‘neutral’ and disconnected from ‘real-life’ situations.

The website a-plus-o-min.us is a showcase, a collection, a catalogue, a database connecting, juxtaposing, and mixing cross-cultural elements (objects).

In physical contexts of presentation, such as an exhibition context or a nightclub, objects can be presented and used as ready-mades, gestures, ingredients, or even representations.

Inspired by advertising and merchandising methods as well as attitudes inherited from the contemporary art field, a + o – engages critical thinking on the relations of humans with consumerism.

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Arthur Fouray
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Nastassia Cougoulat Montel


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