durational comedy


Duration: X minutes
Langue: Multilingual (according to the co-producers)
Artists: François Gremaud, Viviane Pavillon, Martin Schick

Producer: Ingoodcompany
Co-producers: Théâtre Paul Eluard Choisy-le-Roi (F), Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats (BE), Blitz Festival Rovinj (HR), Festival Le Carré-Les Colonnes Bordeaux (F), Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne (CH), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki (FI), CCS Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (F), Festival Auawirleben Bern (CH), Festival Novart Bordeaux (F), Fondation d’Art APCd Marly (CH), Snaporazverein Milano (ITA), FAB Festival des Arts Bordeaux (F), Swiss Dance Days 2017 Geneva (CH), Théâtre L’Arsenic Lausanne (CH), N.N.

Budget: Total estimated budget: 61’200 €
Thanks to: ONDA, Corodis, Migros Kulturprozent

Administration, organisation: Michaël Monney for INGOODCOMPANY

« money is time. » X MINUTES is the title of a strong concept, initiated by the 3 swiss artists Martin Schick, François Gremaud and Viviane Pavillon, and it is a placeholder for an undefined amount of singular performances whose titles are according to the duration of each unit. The concept is based on the idea that the artists create 5 more minutes of show in each place they perform. The first performance is called 5 MINUTES, with a duration of 5 minutes, and is created and performed only at the place of the first buyer!

X MINUTES is an ever growing show linked to materiel and immaterial values, and time, which is unique each time it is performed. It is a spatio-temporal travelling piece ; a show that writes and collects its own story, that contains its own archive, a travelling exhibit based on the concept of passing time, the time between each step of creation is implied and perpetualy constricted. By living and growing, the piece is becoming more dense, containing an increasingly period of life in the duration of the performance. The spectators and the actors journey through the whole experience which brings them to arrive at the present moment, the final additional minutes, thus deepening the feeling of being together in the present.



X MINUTES follows the neoliberal logic of an exponentially increasing value: more is more! According to the contemporary art market we could claim that the more well- known, the more expensive, the more expensive, the more valuable. Our project is a critical investigation of that market logic rather than a critique of it itself. The European system of cultural production is made transparent by being integrated into the concept, and becomes the content itself. We play with the process of selling and programming, urging programmers to take a risk, and to trust and put value into the unknown, giving them an active role in the artistic process, the buyer becomes not only a co-producer, but also a protagonist of the project. The action of buying is crucial because it affects the work concretely.

On the other hand, the artists take the role of the independend and emancipated entrepeneur, selling their product. It invents its own system of self-sufficiency, reconsidering the coproduction as the modern ways of funding. It creates a kind of collaborative consumption, needful for its being and sustainability. It therefore uses the western world’s economic system in its own operation. While reflecting on the culture production we aim to reflect on and within the cultural product. The work itself is not only representing but also becoming an ‚oeuvre d’art‘ at the same time.

After touring for a while, the artists will have a critical perspective on the work previously made in the process, and therefore their own personal and artistic development will become palpable throughout the piece. By giving themselves some rules, the artists will enjoy the implications induced and the absurdity that may result of it.

What happens if one of the artists is absent one day? What if the piece becomes too long? And thus too expensive? What if the transport of the objects or set becomes too complicated? What if we still perform it when we are old? Or rich?

Finally, the role of the spectator is also an active one, in that he has to create links between each 5 minutes of the project. No audience sees the same piece, they live a unique experiment. Every spectator becomes a particular witness of a single step that forms a whole, and creates thus a link between every venue and audience who took part in it.

The production will make a profit starting from 95 minutes. (cf.Tableau)

graphique double

25 minutes