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De Stihl exists since 2010. Frustrated by the time it took to make a prototype chair, Olivier Lellouche (OLL) found a way to build his stools in a weekend; by using a single tool, a Stihl chainsaw, thus eliminating any finish. ⤵ De Stihl Camp places itself in the extension of this jest. Behind this process, which at first seems simple [1], lies a true desire to lead the participants (more than the spectator) towards an utopia, to imagine a new mode of production, to create a link. ⤴ De Stihl Camp point of departure, which is neither an exhibition or a performance, is OLL‘s questioning of his design predecessors. Indeed when Enzo Mari, who advocated a ‘design for all‘ in his book “Proposta per un Autoprogettazione“ [2] (above all the DIY Sedia Chair), decided to sell the chair at Artek for the price of €234 [3], he broke a universal contract that bound them. From this deception, was born OLL‘s desire to return to a form of self-production, a kind of improvised forging of a stool, emblematic of Alvar Alto. This way of functioning marks as much an end to an affiliation, as a final tribute to his mentors. ⤵ What is happening here, around this machine, is an opening to a much larger machine, new and universal. [4] This door was opened to us by means of a library. When inviting Olivier Lebrun (OLB) to participate in Camp De Stihl OLL didn‘t order anything, not even a wish for a format, a discourse or a quality of expression. He simply bought along his fathers book [5] and a collection of images as food for thought. Using nature as a point of inspiration, from the least domesticated energy (a glacier) to those that we produce (manual), the De Stihl Camp Library is arranged using the “powers of ten“ rule, citing Ray and Charles Eames film (Powers of Ten, 1968) but also Dan Graham (March 31, 1966). There is a path to be followed through these very different works - subject, format, paper and printing method - starting from De Stihl user manual, then moving onto OLL‘s tools - the machines, the material - towards steam energy - wood, nature - before finishing with the immensity of a glacier. Here OLB frees himself from a single interpretation, allowing each reader to decode the work through a set of proposals, research, tests and paths of reflection. The point of De Stihl Camp, is to be surprised by his own practice. To allow himself to fail or at least allow error. Perhaps it is exactly this that touches utopia? The risque has been taken that the machine will not function in the way that it was supposed to. Or that the books, printed by a random process cannot be connected. But also that the message emitted remains unclear. ⤵ Nowadays all is clear. Everything is done for a reason and explained. It is from a tangible result that we derive personal satisfaction or recognition, or at least the validation of what was produced. However, here the field is different: the procedure, the movement, the multiple use of energy and the time it takes “to make“ takes precedence over the result. Were De Stijl wanted to tame nature and draw her into his principles [6], De Stihl invites her to reassert herself. ⤵ How do we build (ourselves), how to we perceive our work, when the foundations we thought unalterable are no longer reliable. The book of interviews with Denis Lellouche reminds us that nature is comforting and unchanging [7]. On this basis De Stihl returns to the basics, to connection, to time, to nature. Emancipation is all-encompassing, to the extent that an object can be remodeled, recognisable and associated to its creator for his beliefs. ⤵ The visitor is therefor invited to participate in the “space-time“, created by Camp De Stihl during 48 hours. Come and see, eat with Maori Murota, discuss and draw breath “You have the right to walk anywhere you want.“ [8]

Notes by Laura Chenus
Translation Oliver Gage

[1] We produce, we eat, we relax.
[2] Book 10_0, P.XVIII.
[3] Finish furniture editor founded by Alvar Aalto and his wife.
[4] Extract from De Stijl manifest, 1924: "There are 2 schools, an old and a new. The old makes its way towards individualism. The new towards the universal. The debate of individualism against the universal reveals itself as much in world war as in art in our era
[5] “La Filière bois en Suède” Title of the book by Denis Lellouche, 1980.
[6] “Only the pure aspect of elements, in balanced proportions, can ease the tragedy in life and art“, Piet Mondrian.
[7] “Every day he looks at his bank account growing while we can continue to follow the stock market.“ Book 10_3, P.VI.
[8] Book 10_3, P.I.

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De Stihl’s Library is a compilation of documents, presented as a pyramid. Based on the powers of 10, it divides the different scales of materials and energy and how to interact with its as tools for production.

10_4 A Briksdalsbreen Poster
10_3 A Wood Interview
10_2 A Vapor Essay
10_1 A Tools Index
10_0 A Manual

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1.

De Stihl Camp #01
16.09 — 18.09.2011
Olivier Lellouche,
Olivier Lebrun
& Maori Murota.

1.1.
6 bis passage de la Fonderie
[fr] Paris 75011

1.2.
Opening
Friday 16.09 7pm

2.

De Stihl Camp #02
23.09 — 25.09.2011
Olivier Lellouche,
Olivier Lebrun
& DesignMarketo.

2.1.
Past Vyner Street
[uk] London E2

2.2.
Opening
Friday 23.09 7pm
3.

De Stihl Camp #03
17.04 — 20.04.2012
Ugo & Enzo
4 acts, 4 lunchs.

3.1.
Merisio E Bordogna
Corso Buenos Aires 25
[it] Milano 20124

3.2.
Opening lunch
Tuesday 17.04 1pm
Opening hours 12am - 7pm

3.3.
Lunch is free
Table for 12 guests
Make a reservation
info [at] destihl.eu

3.4.
Warm thanks to our guests:
Nacho Alegre
& Robbie Whitehead
& Lucas Jimeno Dualde
from Appartamento,
Stéphane Barbier Bouvet
& the Dirty Art Department,
Alex Bettler
& Jerome Rigaud
from DesignMarketo,
Lars Frideen,
Maria Jeglinska,
Tiffany Lambert,
Livia Lauber,
Lola Halifa Legrand,
Thierry Malty,
Kyung Mi-Kim,
Catarina Pacheco,
Leon Ransmeier,
Stephanie Risso,
Benoit Santiard,
Lissy Von Schwarzkopf,
Victoria Wilmotte,
and our precious hosts:
Alessandro e Sergio Merisio.

4.

De Stihl Camp #04
18.07 — 04.09.2012
Detroit.

4.1.
Motor City
Detroit, Michigan
[us] 48200

4.2.
Open 24/7

4.3.
Radio Show with
PLAY Intra Moros (KFTP)
PLAY Olivier Lebrun
PLAY Olivier Lellouche
PLAY Romain Turzi

5.

De Stihl Camp #05
18.09 — 23.09.2012
Drogue Dure Klub
& DesignMarketo.

5.1.
Londonewcastle Project Space
28 Redchurch Street
Shoreditch
[uk] London E2 7DP

5.2.
Opening hours 1pm - Late


5.3.
Instructions

6.

De Stihl Camp #06
11.02 — 17.02.2013
TV SHOW
Intra Moros & Lars Frideen.

6.1.
La Blanchisserie
24 rue d’Aguesseau
Boulogne-Billancourt
[fr] 92100

6.2.
Schedule

7.

De Stihl Camp #07
19.10 — 20.10.2013
Cafe Crescendo
Onomatopee 96

7.1.
Onomatopee Projectspace
Bleekstraat 23
Eindhoven
[nl] 5611 VB

7.2.

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7.3.
10:00 We Serve Milk
15:00 We Serve Milk
15:00 & Coffee
20:00 We Serve Milk
20:00 & Coffee
20:00 & Vodka

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10:00 We Play Classical
15:00 We Play Classical
15:00 & Pop
20:00 We Play Classical
20:00 & Pop
20:00 & Techno

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8.

De Stihl Camp #08
07.10 — 08.10.2015
Hey Ho Kosovo!
Pristina, Kosovo

8.1.
REDO
International Graphic Design Conference
[xk] 10000 Pristina

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8.3. ♫
Come along and ride
on a fantastic voyage
slide slide slippity-slide
I do what I do
just to survive
Come along and ride
on a fantastic voyage
slide slide who-ride
ain't no valley low enough
for mountain high

8.4.
Warm thanks to our guests:
Arne, Brilant, Gent,
Jeta, Tadi, Taki, Xhanseli…
Faleminderit!
R1.

De Stihl Records #01
25.05 — 10.06.2013
Intra Moros & Romain Turzi.

R1.1.
Panorama
International Poster and Graphic design Festival
7-9 avenue Foch
Chaumont
[fr] 52000

T1.

De Stihl Talk #01
04.10.2012
Detroit Chapter I:
Man on the Moon

T1.1.
École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne
Site de Quimper
[fr] 29000


T1.2.
From the Whole Earth Catalog
to the Whole Earth Epilog


T1.3.
Notes on Talk
T2.

De Stihl Talk #02
17.11.2013
Ugo Mari

T2.1.
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
14 Rue Bonaparte
Paris
[fr] 75006


T2.2.
La Dérive

T2.3.
Notes on Talk

T3.

De Stihl Talk #03
03.04.2014
Ugo Mari

T3.1.
École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d'Angers
72 rue Bressigny
Angers
[fr] 49100

T3.2.
Notes on Talk

W1.

De Stihl Workshop #01
10.01 — 20.01.2013
Mytho!

W1.1.
14.01 — 18.01.2013
Cranbrook Academy of Arts
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
[us] 48304

W1.2.
11.01.2013 — 9pm
1480 Gratiot Gallery
with Pupils
1480 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
[us] 48200

W1.3.
12.01.2013 — 11pm
Temple Bar
2906 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
[us] 48200

W1.4.
Mytho! A Newspaper

W1.5.
Radio Show with
PLAY Aamour Ocean
PLAY De Stihl
PLAY Julien Borrel
PLAY Sommet

W2.

De Stihl Workshop #02
05.11.2013
Man Machine
Cyrille Troubetzkoy & Romain Turzi

W2.1.
ENSCI
École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle
48 rue Saint Sabin
Paris
[fr] 75011

W2.2.

1000 day
1800 participants
1800 chairs
1800 words

W2.3.
curated by Building Paris