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Too Dumb To Fail, 2018


The immersive - Too Dumb To Fail - exhibition let’s you dive straight into Hoël Duret’s latest scenario.

My name is Harvey. I’m 34 years old and I’m a journalist.

On December the 11th, I boarded the MS Lagoon Princess ocean liner for an eight day cruise on the Caribbean sea. I was sent by H. Magazine to come up with a piece of news. Needless to say it was a royal pain in the ass. Believe you me, I wouldn’t have been anywhere near that boat if it hadn’t been for Nancy from the office nagging me with her simpering “ only your Neo-Gonzo style can really capture what happens on board ” and the price of dope these days. Long story short, the glossy program of the Southern Caribbean Retro 5★ cruise promised a packed week : Princess Cays in the Bahamas - Grand Turk - Curaçao - Aruba and back to the harbour; a mash up of idyllic beaches for sick and ugly tourists, disgusting tax-havens and crappy memories.

This mission was depressing and the more I talked about it the more people laughed at me. That's how I happened upon Alan, as I was having a good moan at a party. Alan was a weirdo, a former Indie music producer, a fucked up traveller. He had contracted HIV and was now too sick to travel. He knew the Caribbean like the back of his hand and the Amazonian forest even more so... the Green Hell ... what a thrill man! It was him who told me about it in the first place, the Aparelhagens, Tecnobrega, and what goes on under the canopy in the Para state, how people dance, love and sweat ... It blew my mind and I immediately felt the urge to go there. The next morning I called Nancy back, telling her I was all set for boarding as previously planned. But when the boat weighed anchor, I made up my mind to sabotage it so it could lead me onto a completely different route ...

On the 14th of December the MS Lagoon Princess began to pitch. The anti-roll system was down, and the Air Con malfunctioned. From then on, we slowly started drifting. In the meantime, I stayed locked inside my cabin, watching Jurassic Park, Last Action Hero, Cliffhanger and True Romance over and over again on the TV. I stayed in this loop of action - violence - adventure for 72 hours straight, regulating my eye moisture with the help of a saline solution. The more I stared at that screen, the more excited and confident I became in my project, I was now invincible.

On the 15th of December, instead of the scheduled stop in Curaçao, the MS Lagoon Princess went off the Aruba coast and finally ran aground like a sad huge knackered corpse on the peninsula of Coro in Venezuela, not far from Maracaibo. The boat was a wreck, not a single thing on board was in working order and all the passengers were in a daze, knocked out by the sweltering heat of the Caribbean.

That's about the time I jumped overboard...

01/25 Hanger
Steel tube, steel plates, varnish, acrylic paint, oiled beech bar, acrylic painting on canvases. 90 x 100 x 20 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

02/25 In needs of saline
Photo print on aluminum dibond. 120 x 100 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

03/25 Folding screen
Steel tube, steel hinges, varnish, acrylic paint, brass castors, sandblasted black lacquered glass, plywood, cotton canvas printed on both sides, acrylic painting on canvases. 186 x 260 x 35 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

04/25 Dryer
Steel grid, steel tube, steel plates, varnish, acrylic paint, brass hooks, acrylic painting on canvases. 140 x 80 x 20 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

05/25 Sick Pipes #1
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton jacketed power cable, electric box, electrical transformer, low voltage bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Hoël Duret © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

06/25 Sick Pipes #2
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton jacketed power cable, electric box, electrical transformer, low voltage bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Hoël Duret © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

07/25 Sick Pipes #3
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton sheathed power cable, electric box, halogen bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

08/25 Sick Pipes #4
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton jacketed power cable, electric box, electrical transformer, low voltage bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Hoël Duret © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

09/25 Sick Pipes #5
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton jacketed power cable, electric box, electrical transformer, low voltage bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Hoël Duret © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

10/25 Sick Pipes #6
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton jacketed power cable, electric box, electrical transformer, low voltage bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Hoël Duret © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

11/25 Sick Pipes #7
Blown glass, steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, epoxy glue, black cotton sheathed power cable, electric box, halogen bulb. 250 x 120 x 60 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

12/25 Standing black mirror #1
Steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, brass castors, sandblasted black lacquered glass, painted medium, neutral mirror glue, oiled beech bar, black fabric, sand, acrylic painting on canvases. 187 x 81 x 20 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

13/25 Standing black mirror #2
Steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, brass castors, sandblasted black lacquered glass, painted medium, neutral mirror glue, oiled beech bar, black fabric, sand, acrylic painting on canvases. 187 x 81 x 20 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

14/25 Standing black mirror #3
Steel tube, varnish, acrylic paint, brass castors, sandblasted black lacquered glass, painted medium, neutral mirror glue, oiled beech bar, black fabric, sand, acrylic painting on canvases. 187 x 81 x 20 cm
Image Margot Montigny © Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

15/25 Wall mounted black mirror #1
Steel tube, steel plates, varnish, acrylic paint, sandblasted black lacquered glass, painted medium, neutral glue with mirror, oiled beech bar, acrylic painting on canvases. 70 x 140 x 20 cm

16/25 Wall mounted black mirror #2
Steel tube, steel plates, varnish, acrylic paint, sandblasted black lacquered glass, painted medium, neutral glue with mirror, oiled beech bar, acrylic painting on canvases. 70 x 140 x 20 cm

17/25 Angry pipe
HD video 1080p with sound. 3’47’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

18/25 The Bartender
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

19/25 The Receptionnist
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

20/25 The maid
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

21/25 Girl on deck #1
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

22/25 Girl on deck #2
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

23/25 Girl on deck #3
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

24/25 The Captain
HD video 1080p without sound. 30’’
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

25/25 The Gig
HD video 1080p with sound, 3’52’’, LED message board. Variable dimensions.
© Hoël Duret / ADAGP, Paris, 2018