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Pippo Lionni (1954) is artist and designer. He grew up in a New York family of architects, escaped into Philosophy and Mathematics at Portland State University and New York University, played jazz in New York and Paris. In 1998, Pippo Lionni began working on Facts of Life - a symbolic language aimed to question our most profound perceptions with a laugh. In 1997 he became a member of the AGI. He was awarded the distinction of «Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres» by French Ministry of Culture in 2001.

Facts of life animations The subject is the human condition. The Facts of Life is about life, about us and the world we live in. The language is symbolic. But where conventional pictogram language uses stereotypes to produce direct unequivocal meaning in a controlled environment, Facts of Life is perverting the "trivial" to destabilize the comfort of generalization, to ask the awkward questions and to suggest the awkward answers. Truth emerges from the process of deciphering - from the construction of one’s own interpretation and from appropriation. Whatever the medium - a collection of small fluorescent booklets, installations in art galleries, prints and animations - he operates a "re-appropriation" in the use of pictograms, bringing them to life through a critical satire of our social existence. By means of an unceasing narrative and playful coming and going, his use of animation offers a new level of comprehension.

"I usually work on site-specific installations modulating the temporality of confrontation in a given context. I use animation as a mean to play with the duality between the abstract and the figurative. From a distance one perceives a visual dynamic of moving forms; when up-close, one deciphers the autonomous life-cycle of the symbols that merely depend on random, combinational and organic algorithms. This time/distance relation confers a new dimension to the «Facts of Life» series. With animations, one always wonders, «what is next?" --Interview by Sarah Carrière-Chardon


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