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In the Spring and Summer of 2018 I will attempt to honour le mètre-étalon by staging a performative walk along la Méridienne de France. The walk, entitled étalon (from the French term meaning both standard of measurement and stallion) will traverse the distance between Dunkerque and Barcelona, seeking to recapture the tactility associated with the metre’s original definition. This act of homage, endurance and absurdity is a study of both the length and the lengths taken by science in order to establish a standard and how these standards can be examined and eschewed in the pursuit of art.

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