JULIEN BERTHIER
Restore Hope
2001-2006
Electric cables (1,1 km), light bulb
Variable dimension

Lives and works in Aubervilliers, France

January 2001 :  power cuts paralyzed California. This marks the beginning of the work Restore
Hope. Since that year, the artist has been collecting electric cables he found on disused
appliances on the street. Soldered together, they create a 1.1 km extended cable. The aim of
this action is to connect this cable from the artist’s workplace directly to Silicon Valley in order to
avoid any other power cuts. Julien Berthier’s work “consists of inventing or creating means of
construction, mostly using vanishing tricks, illusion, modification and displacement. A “classic”
parquet floor and the container that holds it will go on a tour of the world, hoping to gain an
“exotic” status through its journey, to change its nature simply by the mechanical virtue of the
transfer.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / FESTIVALS

2006 Julien Berthier, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France (solo)

Fliegende Kühe und andere Kometen – Nicht nur komische Dinge in der Kunst (Flying cows and other comets –
not just comic things in art), Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar, Allemagne

La position du tireur couché, Le Plateau FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris, France

Guet-apens, La Générale, Paris, France

Parisites: Julien Berthier, Lilly Phung and Nicolas Pol, Allsopp Contemporary, Londres, Grande-Bretagne

Interpositions, commissaire : Paul Ardenne, in La Force de l’Art, Le Grand Palais, Paris, France

Und es bewegt sich doch, Museum Bochum, Bochum, Allemagne

Accidents, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France - Noir c’est la vie avec Virginie Yassef, Abbaye de Saint André,
Meymac, France

Classe Preferente, Galeria Graça Brandão, Porto, Portugal

2005 Silent Sentinels, Frehrking Wiesehöfer Gallery, Cologne, Allemagne (solo)

Beware the friendly stranger, Galerie Blindarte Contemporanea, Naples,Italie (solo) - Napoli Presenta, PAN
Palazzo delle Arti, Naples, Italie

Lichtkunst Aus Kunstlicht, Zentrum für Kunst, Karlsruhe, Allemagne

Roboter, Opelvillen Zentrum für Kunst, Rüsselsheim, Allemagne

Affinités, le Pavé dans la Mare, Besançon, France

À table(s), Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France

Moving Parts, Tinguely Museum, Bâle, Suisse

2004 Everything’s gonna be alright avec Virginie Yassef, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France

Grotesque, Burlesque, Parodie, Abbaye Saint-André, Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France Moving Parts,
Kunsthaus, Graz, Autriche

Y a-t-il un commissaire pour sauver l’exposition?, Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France - Maisons Témoins, The
Store, Paris, France