L’Effet de Serge

Conception, Staging and Design by

Philippe Quesne

© Martin Argyroglo / Pierre Grosbois

Every Sunday Serge has a few friends over to his apartment, where he gives a performance lasting between one and three minutes. Somewhere between amateur performance and minimalist, quasi-experimental art, these micro-performances in Serge’s apartment reveal the poetry of everyday life, celebrating simple creativity and the quiet pleasure of sharing a passion. With gentle melancholy, Serge experiments each week: exploring luminous laser drawings, testing the effects of a piece of contemporary music, or revealing the dreamlike power of automobile headlights. The purple carpet in his living room, the table tennis table, the TV in the corner, a half-eaten packet of chips, and all the other artifacts scattered around his living room, present the familiar yet extraordinary landscape of a daily life that comes into being for the short, dense moments of these curiously spectacular events. Each evening L’Effet de Serge hosts new guests: an ordered yet spontaneous event, this performance is a kind of photographic plate on which unexpected things are imprinted. This performance is representative of the work of Philippe Quesne and the Vivarium Studio, and the utopia of a little community. L’Effet de Serge was created for the actor Gaëtan Vourc’h in 2007, and is performed once a month at Nanterre-Amandiers as part of the repertoire, with the same regularity as Serge’s Sunday ritual.

One Sunday a month at 6pm
Conception, Staging and Design by

Philippe Quesne


Gaëtan Vourc’h, Isabelle Angotti and local guests

Stage Manager

Marc Chevillon

Dates and times

At 6pm on:

18 September 2016

16 October 2016

4 December 2016

26 February 2017

12 March 2017

30 April 2017

Running time

1 hour 20



Premiered in November 2007 at the Ménagerie de Verre, Paris.