press release

Palais de Tokyo is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the DO DISTURB Festival.

The programme of this year's edition is set to feature more than 50 experimental projects, where circus arts, performance arts, dance, design, fashion and sound will intermingle. It will present new creations, showcase performances in Europe for the first time, as well as revisit others especially for the event.

Alongside both renowned artists and young emerging talents, fledgling artists and performers have been invited to participate, as part of unique partnerships established with both French and international art colleges, circus schools and schools of fashion and design.

After a grand opening parade by Marga Weimans and her haute couture creations, DO DISTURB shines the spotlight on artists such as Gerard & Kelly with Reusable parts/Endless Love, a performance inspired by Tino Sehgal's Kiss and staged in Europe for the first time and Mel O'Callaghan, recipient of the 2015 SAM Prize for Contemporary Art with a mixed media installation and performance, previously featured at the Sydney Biennale. Ed Fornieles, whose work explores the formatted subjectivity of a generation bottle-fed with web 2.0, will also be exhibiting; as will Ollie Palmer who is currently in residence at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo's artist-in-residence programme. The Festival will be concluded by a formidable series of dances created by choreographer Trajal Harrell, intertwining postmodern dance with the exuberance and theatrality of voguing.

The DO DISTURB Festival also brings together emerging creative talents from higher and further education institutions, by hosting the projects of young creators affiliated with the research departments of prestigious French and international art schools.

The international schools marking their presence at the festival include the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Eindhoven and Amsterdam Design Academies—whose collective projects transcend and explore the relationship between body and object—as well as atypical establishments such as the DOCH School of Circus and Dance in Stockholm. The latter has established a one-off collaboration specifically for the event, joining forces with the Cirkus Cirkör and Rachel Armstrong—an experimental architecture researcher—in order to present one stage of a study into the existence of cosmic life.

Among the projects presented by the French art schools are Tokyo Jump Cuts—an experimental shoot in real-time—from the Lyon's École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts aimed at showcasing its Post-Performance Future programme directed by Marie de Brugerolle; and also a sound and visual art project led by David Zerbib and Thierry Mouillé from the École Supérieure d'Art de l'Agglomération d'Annecy.

With: Marwa Arsanios / Mircea Cantor / Arnaud Cohen / Jean-Charles de Quillacq / Ed Fornieles / Gerard & Kelly / Lola Gonzàlez / Trajal Harell / La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) / Charlie Le Mindu / Ligia Lewis / Mel O'Callaghan / Ollie Palmer / Johannes Paul Raether / Luca Resta / Marga Weimans


Academy Now / Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London / Design Academy, Eindhoven / DOCH School of Circus and Dance, Stockholm / Hyper Island, Stockholm / Naba, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan / The New School Parsons, Paris / Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam


École Supérieure d'Art de l'Agglomération d'Annecy / École Supérieure d'Art de Clermont Métropole / École Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen / École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon / Exerce-ICI- Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Midi Pyrénées / École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle / Les Ateliers, Paris / École Supérieure d'Art des Pyrénées / École Supérieure d'Art et de Design de Saint Etienne / École Supérieure des Beaux-arts Tours-Angers-Le Mans

Chief curator: Vittoria Matarrese, Head of Cultural Programming and Special Projects at Palais de Tokyo.