Image de Ville – November the 13th 2007

13 November 2007 at 1:21 pm (Exhibition, Image de Ville, School of Art)

This morning we had a conference held by Till Roesken, a German artist graduated in 2003 from the Strasbourg Arts Décoratifs Art Academy. His work, called “les plans de situation”, has as central topic the map theme. He treats maps incarnating local habitants’ and personnages’ point of view. He makes theatrical performances where he speaks about the neighborhood with a sort of schizophrenic personality representing several locals.

Till Roesken

His most recent work, still unreleased, is a film about la Joliette, a neighborhood in Marseille (you can find a nice blog about Marseille here) that is being restored to be transformed into a rich business center called Euromediterranée. Roesken speaks about a block where inhabitants are being legally expelled by local authorities. The film is still in production.

Till Roesken

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Image de Ville – November the 12th 2007

12 November 2007 at 2:29 pm (Exhibition, Image de Ville, School of Art)

This week starts with a some conferences called “Image de Ville”.

Image de ville is an annual multidisciplinary festival, directed by Bruno Jourdan, speaking about city in contemporary society. This year topic is”La maison des histoires…” treating about the individual house myth. Conferences, 40 guests and 70 films will fill the festival schedule.

Image de Ville - Bruno Jourdan

This morning, we had a conference of Cécile Pelaudeix, that studies anthropology and inuit art and art history. She exposed a historical background of inuit art and showed some works from several artists, like Kenojuak Ashevak (here you can find some images), Peter Pitseolak, Dana Claxton and Erica Lord.

Image de Ville - Cécile PELAUDEIX

This afternoon we have a conference with the artist Guy-André Lagesse (former student in Aix Art Academy) and writer Jean-Paul Curnier.

Guy-André Lagesse & Jean-Paul Curnier

To start we listen to Ice Cream for Craw by The Capitain Beefheart

Then, they presented their work about scrap-houses built with low resources and used materials (like plastic bottles or empty rhum bottles) in communities where construction seems to be a collective and collaborative work (kind of the same concept of the Creative Commons License) with no artistic ambitions. They studied the way common things win value when they have a function (for instance oil was seen as dirty and useless, but since the development of the oil industry, its value increased in a drastic way – and its price keeps raising). Quickly they discovered that people try to build functional houses with an aesthetic preoccupation. Their work explore the destruction not as an end but as a transformation, something that is considered broken or useless can always be adapted or transformed into an use-full object or structure.

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