place I know well“
exchange between 9 young artists
A collaboration between Pro Helvetia & Laboratoire Village Nomade,
La Corbière, Switzerland, 2008
A group exhibition with:
Ann Guillaume (Paris)
Pascal Hachem (Beirut)
Ronny Hardliz (Bern/Prag)
Patrizia Karda (Bern)
Isamu Krieger (Genf)
Julia Staniszewska (Warschau)
Sudhu Tewari (Oakland)
Tamlyn Young (Durban)
„home is that place which enables and promotes varied
and everchanging perspectives, a place where one discovers new ways
of seeing reality, frontiers of difference. The experience of being
someone new in town, to leave the home, is a different experience
altogether - here one place has been left and a new unknown terrain
entered. what do you do? match the new to meet up with the standards
of the old, or allow yourself to be changed by your new surroundings?
The others we meet en route take the form of places, objects or
people. Most often the distant other we encounter in our travels
is what we thought to be a familiar part of ourselves“.
(Jane Rendell, Phil.,Writer)
While thinking about "spaces“ and "environments“
in which we live and which influence us we can see nowadays that
the meaning of personal space and our relationship to the places
we belong to has changed in our present society, which is mainly
influenced by mobility, simultaneity and globalization. We get increasingly
used to moving between many places and there is a constant quest
for personal spaces within rapidly changing surroundings.
“feeling home” in this world of constant travellers
became mostly construction and projection which is built through
some elements we find in our daily life and some others we invent
in our fantasy. A taste, a smell, a sound makes us conscious about
something familiar - to all of us in a different way. We all search
for this feeling of belonging. So what is the meaning of “home”
Are the places we are living in the places we belong to? Is there
a place we belong to ?
We want to find out how we are connected to the places we are living
in - looking for a link between our physical environment and our
identity. “Origin” is given to us, but “homeland”
we can only find through our ways of living
Starting point is to invite 9 young artists from different origin
who are interested in their personal relation to “space”
- to the cultural exchange project “Laboratoire Village Nomade”
in Estavayer-le-Lac at La Corbière, a location at the countryside
Connected to the cultural exchange program of Pro Helvetia we like
to invite 3 artists originated in Switzerland or living here, 3
artists originated in Middle East countries and 3 further artists
who have passed their journeys through life as migrants in always
changing environments. Depending on our partners we define the group
of artists (see more Info in our list of artists).
We invite all participating artists to explore a place in their
own environment, which makes them “feel at home” and
to find a narrative around that place. From a personal point of
view everybody brings his/her story – working material like
sound pieces, videos, anecdotes or physical objects to La Corbière.
Out of this working material and during the 3 weeks of working and
living together in the Corbière, we create a landscape. The
different “places, people know well” will be installed
and transform into something new while corresponding or diverging
within the setting of La Corbière. The 150-year-old villa
and its surroundings are inviting to ask for the intention of “home”.
We create “maps” and “stations” in and around
the house - a platform, where contradicting and coinciding spaces
communicate with and melt into each other – a landscape which
becomes something like a common homeland during the term of a following
art event – homeland which is belonging to everybody and nobody
at the same time.
In the 4th week we will migrate to the PROGR in Bern (www.progr.ch)
– a center for cultural production with an exhibition program
- to install an exhibition. During 7 days we construct / de-construct
different rooms there, including live-acts, performing arts, spontaneous
events. (in collaboration with Beate Engel (PROGR) and Prof. Sibylle
Omlin, Artschool Basel)
„a place I know well“ examines the notion of home, not
merely as a physical structure, but as a place formed by memories
and a sense of belonging - do we define a place or does the place
We are looking for people working in visual arts, fine arts, sound-&performing
arts, film, literature and architecture who are motivated to work
together and inspire each other through the variety of possible
expressions. The idea is to work in a group process, developing
our landscape as well as individually expressing the personal meaning
of “a place I know well”.
Besides creating an artistic expression we invite the participating
artists to share a way of living together. The cultural exchange
project „Laboratoire Village Nomade“ is perpetually
creating itself new by changing it's inhabitants coming from many
different countries and cultures. Inspired by mutual exchange and
daily interaction everybody is creating the common space we share
for a certain time and the question how to share and create this
place propells us through our way of daily life.
After 3 weeks of working together in la Corbière we intend
to stage a public art event under the roof of “Laboratoire
Village Nomade” which will be developed and organized by the
group. We are looking forward to presenting visual and acoustic
installations, life-performing arts, mixed media shows, objects
as well as drawings, literature and photography.
The outline, our map for the exhibition of “a place I know
well”, will be developed during our 3-week-long working process
before a first public event. The special setting of La Corbière
allows a variety of expressions in and outside the house.
Transfering “a place I know well” to different exhibition
spaces, like a traveling homeland, might be a chance to play with
questions around the feeling of belonging - to a place, a landscape,
a city, to a place of origin – another context appears with
changing viewers and their perspectives around the artefacts. We
would like to migrate some/all Art-Pieces, Installations, Life-Performances
to the cultural centre PROG in Bern - that has expressed interest.
“a place I know well”
will be documented by the organizers of „Laboratoire Village
Nomade“ in photo, text, audio and video. The jourparjour cie
will also inform about the meeting on time, using the own website
The process and the experience during our common time can be connected
with another project, called „Radio Village Nomade“
which takes place during 7 months in La Corbière (1st of
May till 30th of November). „Radio Village Nomade“ is
an audio play we broadcast through Internet Radio, day by day, for
214 days. It will be created by some of our invited artists as well
as through the contributions sent daily by Internet from related
artists all over the world - „a place I know well“ will
be transmitted in this context as well.
Laboratoire Village Nomade
The workflow and a detailed concept about
a following art event will be developed together with participating
artists in the months before the meeting at la Corbière –
depending on different backgrounds and ideas. Through our exchange
we will naturally find the outline of “a place I know well”
(see more Info about Artists).
It is important for us to have an intense exchange before a first
meeting in Switzerland and to find a homogeneous group of artists
concerning age and experiences in art. By exchanging questions &
answers, backgrounds and ideas we get to know each other and prepare
our meeting in Switzerland. We understand this research as a part
of the following working process in La Corbière.
Through discovering the area around La Corbière we start
physically working on our ideas and develop the projects. After
daily meetings in the morning to discuss questions, needs and the
work in progress, we offer a common space, a „central station“
in the house for working on the landscape of places. We will install
a paper board, where everybody can post his/her own idea of a space
as well as follow the process of the group. Through this we can
find out how we can help each other - this scetch-board might inspire
for constructing our “map of homeland”. Artists are
invited to work individually and in groups - the result will be
defined as a group work (including solo works).
The exhibition in the Corbière as the art event in the PROGR
in the 4th week will be organised by the group, supported by the
team of “Laboratoire Village Nomade”.
During evening sessions we invite all participants to present past
works, to share and discuss them with all present artists from “Laboratoire
Village Nomade” like for exampel Ayako Mogi, Misa Shimomura,
Marie-Claire Brzytwa, Sudhu Tewari and Werner Penzel.
Questions connected to the project -
they can be seen as a starting point for working
Are the places we are living in the places we belong
How are we connected to the places in which we live?
Where do you come from ?
What means home at the place, where you come from ?
At which places do you feel home ?
How much space do you need ?
What makes a space yours ?
How do we share space ?
How do we live together ?
What does your surrounding to you ?
Which places do you know well ?
What places do you dream of ?
A place - what is inspiring, what has been lost, and what is missing?
What is your motivation to be part of our meeting ?