A major figure in the American underground scene, Tony Oursler has worked since the mid-1970s in a variety of mediums—video, drawing, photography, film, sculpture, and sound.
His work involved the uncanny culture that has developed on the West Coast of the United States: an aesthetic that turns kitsch of mass media and invents narrative devices where performance and theatricality are subverting the codes of contemporary art.
Oursler has collaborated with many artists including Mike Kelley (The Poetics Project), currently featured on the 4th floor of the National Museum of Modern Art), David Bowie, Thierry Kuntzel, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore of the rock band Sonic Youth.
Pascal Rousseau is a professor of history of contemporary art at the Sorbonne and in particular Commissioner of the exhibition "mental Cosa. The imaginary telepathy in the art of the twentieth century" at the Center Pompidou Metz (2016).
Video and après is a cycle of meetings with artists and art historians offering screenings, lectures, performances and discussions. Programming Marcella Lista, Etienne Sandrin. Browsing the history of artistic practices related to video and sound from the early 1960s until today, Video and après is devoted primarily to artists videos from the collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne. Detailed program on www.centrepompidou.fr