Claire Fontaine

Paris, 2004

The collective takes its name from a very popular stationary brand in France and is made up of Fulvia Carnevale and James Thornhill, who describe themselves as Claire Fontaine’s “assistants,” emphasizing the importance of cooperation in art and the crisis affecting the figure of the author. They make use of various different media, with a particular focus on neon, infographics and the written word in general. Their works share a lucid and analytical criticism of society’s weak points. However, rather than applying a classic oppositional strategy, their research concentrates on individual actions developed as personal sabotage operations. To this end, Claire Fontaine has developed the concept of the “human strike” to designate a form of total revolt—a more radical and less sectorial strike than a general strike, which does not only regard economic aspects, but also sexual and emotional aspects.

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