A distinct example of Foucault’s fascination with the possibilities of encountering a new kind of space through art can be found in his brief, passionate response to a series of paintings known as Dogs by Paul Rebeyrolle (1926- 2005).
Foucault’s essay appears in a catalogue for an exhibition at the Maeght Gallery in March 1973. This was during Foucault’s most active political period in which he was heavily involved in promoting the Groupe d’Information sur les Prisons. The paintings, with wood and wire stuck to the canvasses, depict dogs attempting to flee from their caged imprisonment.
The exhibition centre L’Espace Paul Rebeyrolle in Eymoutiers has a wide collection of his works, including this sculpture:
Foucault, M. (2001 ) ‘La force de fuir’ [The force of flight] in Dits et écrits Volume 1: 1954-197. Quarto Gallimard: Paris, pp. 1269-1272.
An English translation can be found in W. Crampton and S. Elden (eds.), Space, Knowledge and Power, Aldershot: Ashgate.
26 November 2014