Presentation and talk: L’Exposition de soi (the exhibition of the self)
with Bernard Harcourt, Thierry Fournier and Pau Waelder


Café de la Halle Tropisme
121 Rue Fontcouverte
34000 Montpellier

In partnership with Éditions du Seuil

On the occasion of the exhibition Selphish, Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète invites Bernard E. Harcourt, professor of law and political philosophy (EHESS / Columbia University), author of Exposed (Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2015) recently published in French under the title La Société d’exposition (Paris: Le Seuil), to the Halle Tropisme for a talk and a signature with Thierry Fournier and Pau Waelder, curators of the exhibition.

Bernard E. Harcourt’s Exposed highlights the extent to which the permanent desire to expose oneself on the Internet allows for much more sophisticated surveillance than systems based on constraint. The book shows how technologies exploit our unlimited desire to access everything without delay, at the risk of widespread surveillance; it invites disobedience and resistance. The book particularly resonates with Selphish, a collective exhibition at Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète curated by Thierry Fournier and Pau Waelder, which addresses the exposure of the self on social networks and its critical dimensions. Four original works by Martin John Callanan, Alix Desaubliaux, Lauren Lee McCarthy and !Mediengruppe Bitnik interpret each week the profile of a new user who voluntarily entrusts his Instagram and Google data for the exhibition.

This presentation and talk will allow the three authors and artists to exchange on these issues, in dialogue with Marine Lang, coordinator of Mécènes du Sud, and the public of the Halle Tropisme. It will be followed by a book signing by Bernard E. Harcourt and the exhibition catalogue by Thierry Fournier and Pau Waelder.

Professor of Law and Political Philosophy at Columbia University, where he directs the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Bernard E. Harcourt is also Director of Studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and lawyer to several people condemned to death in the State of Alabama. He edited the two Foucault courses given at the Collège de France, including Théories et institutions pénales and La Société punitive. He is also the author, in French, of L’illusion de l’ordre.