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Frigo Generation 78/90

Exhibition view Frigo
Exhibition view of Frigo Generation 78/90 Photo Blaise Adilon

A look back at 10 years of vision and unparalleled energy: in the 1980s FRIGO is one of the most emblematic of Europe’s alternative culture groups. And Lyon is the hub of this artistic effervescence.

The FRIGO Collective get their name from the cold room of the former Lyon cheese factory that hosted their activities in the 1980s. For 10 years, FRIGO boasted an intense artistic production across all fields: free radio (Bellevue 95.8), music, scenography, graphic design, installation and performance art, exhibitions, photography...

FRIGO exhibited a hundred cubic metres of water at the Centre Pompidou, succeeded in closing the Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris) following a performance, launched a pirate TV station, refashioned TF1’s TV studios, wrote an obituary for the Théâtre National Populaire, rolled a stone weighing five tonnes to India, invited Michael Nyman to perform a private concert on-site; filmed Hermann Nitsch and Paul McCarthy, enjoyed Potlatch in Hamburg, and attended Documenta 8 and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. The collective ceased their activity in about 1989, around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the inauguration of the « Magiciens de la terre » exhibition in Paris.

A laboratory embracing a plurality of forms and disciplines, FRIGO was also at the origin of a very active international network bringing together visual artists, choreographers, poets, actors, writers and musicians, including ORLAN, Régine Chopinot, Benni Efrat, Dieter Appelt, Fabrizio Plessi, Nigel Rolfe, Michael Nyman, Rachid Taha, Eva Ionesco, Dominique Bagouet, Jean-Paul Delore...
It today serves as a remarkable audio-visual database or archive, housing a wealth of visual and audio information from this period.

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Texte En savoir plus : Gauche

FRIGO is the shared name of a place, a concept and a collective of artists.
Created in Lyon in a working-class district of the city, in the early 1980s, the FRIGO galaxy was made up of several interconnecting structures operating in the same place, a disused cheese factory located on the rue Saint Michel à la Guillotière and in the adjacent ‘factory boss’s house’.
In the basement, an experimental video gallery, sound studio and rehearsal studio could be found. On the first floor were a secretary’s office, a shared work space and a concert room, and on the upper floor a studio apartment was used to house visiting artists. In the adjacent house, the headquarters of Radio Bellevue 95.8 were located.

Texte En savoir plus : Droite

The founding group: Gérard Bourgey, Gérard Couty, Alain Garlan, soon joined by Mike Hentz, Charles Picq and then Rotraut Pape, Jacques Bigot, Christian Vanderborght
Accompanied yesterday and today by: Thomas Balestrieri, Serge Boissat, Jacques Bigot, Philippe Dibilio, Cécile Dumas, Robert Lapassade, Marc Moget, Michel Piet, Christian Vanderborght, Marie-Christine Vernay, Philippe Vorburger, Anne We.

The FRIGO motto: be creative, active and economically independent!

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Date created: 07/07/2020

Changed date: 05/05/2023

Poids : 2,4 Mo