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Artists: Véronique Bourgoin, special edition by Juli Susin/ édition speciale par Juli Susin

Year: 2016

Edition of Véronique Bourgoin, Royal Book Lodge for special edition

Tableau périodique des éléments usuels

Véronique Bourgoin


The Periodic Table of Usual Elements uses a
chromatic scale to relate the Mendeleev Periodic
Table to Google search engine algorithms in an
attempt to build a visual model of the influence
of the global economy on the biosphere, human
metabolism and ecosystem depletion. Source
images are identified with the search engine to
extract samples, which will be juxtaposed, until
obtaining a monochrome associated then with the
chemical, physical element or the mathematical
value. Each value corresponds to a disturbing
element in relation to the context of the source
image. Intercalated with the first 20 richest men
on the Forbes website (in 2015), seen from the back,
the set is classified by chromatic ranges then listed
in the Periodic Table with a logo and the name of
the company whose activity is related to the source
image. Each of the 100 boxes is linked to Instagram
posts, in a dematerialized version of the Tableau.
Each edition contains a glass test tube containing
stabilized crystallized water obtained by a process of
disruption of water in contact with a germ during its
saturation and thermal conversion.



2015–2016, Royal Book Lodge, (Montreuil)
Metal box (21 x 32cm) silkscreen, leather menu holder (16 x 20cm), 100 Fiches (15 x 18cm), folded
poster (74 x 48cm), glass tube containing crystallized water (20x3cm). Numbered and signed
by Véronique Bourgoin. 3 copies of the special edition designed by Juli Susin, containing
tourist postcards with situationist slogans, an original collage in colored felt cover, a reel of
barbed wire (60 x 60cm), two folded posters (80 x 60cm) signed, a signboard (20,5 x 29cm), a
pair of construction site gloves, with original stamps. Numbered and signed by Juli Susin and
Véronique Bourgoin.