France -Â The Horizons â€“ Arts in Nature event will take place between the 16th June and 16th September 2012. It is the 6th of a contemporary art event based on short-lived visual works of art.
Managed by the Sancy Tourist Office, the call for projects involves the creation of 11 works of art in the Sancy Massif located in the heart of the Massif Central in France and exceptionally within the theme park Vulcania.
The works of art will be put up in places where they highlight the surrounding countrysideâ€™s qualities. Discovery trails and Art workshops for children are held around the art piece in order to mediate their content.
The event aims at developing contemporary art in the area, allowing professional artists to contribute their sensitivity to the area. Furthermore it is supposed to reinforce the growth of tourism in the Sancy Massif by addressing so-called cultural tourists as well as people passing through.
The event is open to artists with a strong national or/and international artistic experience and to young talents, who just or recently â€“ less than 2 years- graduated from art school.
To download the application form for 2012, description of the territory and listing of the sites please go to the website of the event: www.horizons-sancy.com (section: ESPACE PRO)
For further information about the territory, please visit the Sancy website: www.sancy.com
E-mail: m [dot] vassenet [at] sancy [dot] com
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21
Iâ€™m a 27 year-old graduate student in acting, at CalArts.Â Iâ€™ve just embarked on the final year of my masterâ€™s degree and the fun and games are over in class. The focus has shifted from voice classes , movementÂ and Shakespeare scene-study, to entrepreneurship.Â In less than a year, my classmates and I will be classically trained professional actors. But before we graduate weâ€™ve got a whole lot to learn about theÂ businessÂ of acting- these days itâ€™s all about â€œbooking the jobâ€.
On evenings and weekends, however, my mind is elsewhereâ€“ youâ€™ll find me on theÂ lower parking lot, renovating my 1951 Spartan trailer.
Iâ€™ve convinced the school to let me park the 36 foot monster on campus. This gives me easy access to the Instituteâ€™s scene-shop and mostly importantly, to the theater schoolâ€™s technical designer, Michael Darling. My carpentry skills are basic,Â at best, and Michaelâ€™s mentoring has been absolutely essential to the project.
Sculptor and faculty member, Michael Darling works with CalArts students in the scene shop.
In exchange for letting me house the Trailer Trash Project on campus, Iâ€™ve offered to put the Spartan to good use. Once finished the trailer will be a home for my mother, a journalist and Katrina evacuee, but while it is being built I want it to serve as a work and performance space for the artist community at CalArts and beyond.
The notion of displacement is one that my mother and I are all too familiar with. Â As IÂ began my studies in art school it becameÂ clear to me:
â€¦all artists are, at one time or another, displaced. Weâ€™re perpetually confronted with the reality of having to leave home to pursue our craft. Art-making can often distance us from our families.Â And when weâ€™re away, the feeling of longing inspires us to make more art.
Over the course of 7 or 8 months, the Spartan will take the form of a mobile performance space/ make-shift classroom/ screening room, used to explore how displacement and artistry go hand-in-hand.
Evelyn Serrano, a member of CalArtâ€™s faculty in the Art School is onboard with this idea. Evelyn is an artist who means business. Sheâ€™s a staunch supporter of education through the arts and teaches a class at Calarts, Arts and Activism, designed to
From the Nomad Lab web site: “The “NOMAD LAB is a program created to support the goals of the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Committee in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita Community Services Division, The Village Apartments and the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. As an initiative of the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Committee, NOMAD LAB is devoted to building a better neighborhood through programs and activities for youth and their families.”
help her students develop and pursue their own social agenda. One of her latest projects is Nomadlab in nearby Newhall, which offers free creative writing classes to young students in the Valle del Oro neighborhood, who are at risk of gang activity. Sheâ€™s offered to make the Trailer Trash Project a key element of her Arts and Activism class this year. Her students and I will be devising ways to use the Spartan as a means to collaborate with Nomadlab. But ultimately, I want to leave it up to the kids of Nomadlab to come up with ways in which the trailer can best serve their cause.
Another source of inspiration for myÂ project has beenÂ Side Streets, a community arts project co-founded by Cal Arts, alum, Karen Atkinson along with RIDS grad Joe Luttrell, two artists committed to the belief that the creative process belongs in the streets as well as in studios and galleries. Â More on Side Streets in future posts.
My mother, who has been researching and writing about the green revolution sees this trailer as an opportunity to display mobile, sustainable living. So weâ€™re going eco!
This is a former FEMA trailer turned into a mobile disaster art studio by Paul Villinski. The trailer has solar panels and a wind turbine. We’ll use both on the Spartan, along with a composting toilet, and sustainable building materials. Credit: http://www.emergencyresponsestudio.org/
My Trailer Trash Project will be carried out in collaboration with The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, founded by CalArts alumni, Miranda Wright and Ian Garrett. Â The CSPA is a network providing artists and arts organizations with resources to help them adopt more sustainable practices in their work.
The Trailer Trash Project will be carried out using safe, clean and renewable materials as much as
feasibly possible. Â (See for instance, posts on â€œgreenâ€ insulation materials.) Â Believe me this is no easy task. To give you an example, I was convinced bamboo flooring and cabinetry was the way to go. Itâ€™s super renewable (it only takes bamboo 3-5 years to reach maturity) but in recent years controversy has surfaced over the use of bamboo: it has to be flown over from China, lots of chemicals are used in the manufacturing process, deforestation and others.
Keeping up with this has been a little too much for me to handle right nowâ€“ Iâ€™ve got my hands full as it is. So Iâ€™ve charged my mother with this task. This blog has lots of interesting info about sustainable materials, information that Michael and I use when deciding how to proceed. Â Perhaps it will be of interest to you as well.