Cosmogony of order and disorder
Contemporary Art | In the The Pale Fox exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery in London, Camille Henrot’s staging unfolds like a Mind Map. A polymorphous shelf provides a structure spanning four walls where where the four points of the compass are aligned with scenes or stages : the four elements, the principles of Leibniz, stages of life and technological advances. The deep blue walls plunge the spectator into the blue of the screen as they are pulled by a host of stimuli from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, region and science. The exhibition questions issues such as homogenisation, the institutionalisation of culture, the digital era and globalisation which challenge the traditional notions of identity and the roles of order and disorder. This complex layout plays on the solubility of the spirit, and the reference to the Pale Fox publication on Dogon cosmology by ethnologists Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen implies that the concept of disorder precedes the order of creation : the creation of the world.