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Consider Yourself Invited

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Two North African artists were invited to Switzerland to speak about their work: one who meets the necessary visa requirements to enter the country and one who doesn’t. These two scenarios, to be presented at the Belluard Festival, are the starting points for a story that isn’t afraid to touch upon our collective prejudices and the controversial question looming behind its creation:

Will the visiting artist overstay his visa after his talk to start a new life in Switzerland?

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Thoughts about Mohamed Arejdal: Français / Deutsch
Thoughts about Mohammed Laouli: Français / Deutsch


Presenting both of the following scenarios will allow Belluard Festival visitors to experience two different possible outcomes that reflect upon the realities of border crossing.

SCENARIO 1
An artist was invited to Switzerland, but he did not fulfill the visa requirements.

SCENARIO 2
An artist was invited to Switzerland, and his visa application was accepted.

For Scenario 2, an artist talk will be held on Sunday, June 28th at 8pm titled:


ART PRACTICE BEYOND THE FENCE
or why the artist may overstay his visa to start a new life after this talk.

In addition to the artist talk, both of these scenarios will be incorporated into separate but identical exhibition spaces at the Belluard Festival, where each artist’s body of work is exposed in documentary form, and the spectator is confronted with the curatorial underpinning for each given situation.

Upon entering the festival, spectators are assigned a number, the significance of which will be revealed once inside the two exhibition spaces. Each space will unveil a number leading to a different outcome based on the status of the artists’ visa applications.

In the rejected artist’s space, the selected number will send a visitor to North Africa to the artist talk of Mohamed Arejdal, held in his home.

In the accepted artist’s space, the holder of the selected number will be asked to host the above mentioned artist talk with Mohammed Laouli in their own home, taking into account both the political sensitivity of the project’s underlying questions and the artist’s own motivations.

Borders are plural, so any project dealing with the questions they raise must be too.

Consider Yourself Invited takes place June 25-28 in Fribourg. For opening times and the exact address, see Belluard Bollwerk International. For live updates see the FB event.

The artist talk with Mohammed Laouli will take place on Sunday, June 28th at 8pm in a private apartment in Fribourg.


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Thoughts about Arejdal: Français / Deutsch
Thoughts about Laouli: Français / Deutsch
Biographies: Arejdal / Laouli
Press: FN Newspaper / Surprise Magazine / La Liberté


CREDITS
Documentary pictures by Juliette Chrétien. Additional installation views by Youssef Ouchra, Javier Melian, Francisco Alejandro, Chourouk Hriech, Aziz Nadif, Mohssin Harraki, and Ly Mamadou.

Texts about Arejdal by Valentine Umansky, about Laouli by Sophie Lapalu, and about the project by Sandino Scheidegger in collaboration with Jeremy Cohen. German translations by Anja Dirk.


THANKS
For sharing your insights on the Moroccan contemporary art world: Siham Halli, Dr. Mehdi Zouak, Bérénice Saliou, Younes Rahmoun, Mohammed Laouli, Mohamed Arejdal, Maud Houss, Touda Bouanani, Randa Maroufi, Hassan Quazzani, Mohamed Fariji, Léa Morin, and Marie Moignard.


SUPPORT
This project is a Random Institute production for the Belluard Bollwerk International, supported by Migros Kulturprozent and Kanton Fribourg. The on-site display is supported by Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel.

À Table

ArchivedHappened in December 2013
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Dreams are necessary in order to survive the reality of life. But sometimes we just have to sit down and listen to other people’s dreams to realize what reality means outside our own little world. À Table is a Paris-based project that brings homeless people, local residents, curious tourists, creative people, and disorientated strangers together around the dinner table.

A potpourri of people, a feast of food.

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The initiative was spontaneously born during late 2013 when three people discussed the possibilities of opening a Parisian soup kitchen to feed anyone at all who wanders the streets—adventurous local residents, the homeless, lonely tourists, and individuals associated with Samusocial de Paris, an NGO specializing in emergency social aid.

The result was the three day event, À Table, that brought together a wide range of people to join in eating. Guests were seated across from strangers, whom they otherwise would never have met nor shared an intimate moment with. The initiative was spearheaded by Juliette Chrétien in collaboration with Random Institute, chmara.rosinke, and Maurice Maggi.

Juliette Chrétien runs her own photography studio and is well known for her photographs in the fields of interior design and fashion. In addition, Juliette is highly acclaimed for a new style of culinary books.

The mobile kitchen, which includes a large table and stools for 12 people, was hand-crafted by the renowned Austrian design duo chmara.rosinke. For this modular kitchen, they won the 2012 Outstanding Artist Award from the Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture in Austria.

Maurice Maggi is a guerrilla gardener from Zurich, Switzerland, who is known for his subversive seed-sowing "attacks," as well as his cooking skills and food knowledge. Maggi’s passion for food has taken him as far away as New York, where he ran his own restaurant. During his days in Paris, he found ingenious ways to cook tasty meals with ingredients from the local market.

In March 2014, Juliette Chrétien published the associated publication in a limited edition (4 handmade publications).

The initiative took place from December 27th to 30th, 2013 around Cité des Arts Paris.

Hold Your Breath

ArchivedHappened in July 2013
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Stadtgalerie Bern

At Bern’s Stadtgalerie, expectations for WORM’s art talks were upended by a whimsical, participatory project: audience members enjoyed movies from the watery beds of two inflatable swimming pools. At the stroke of midnight, participants were challenged to an underwater breath-holding competition, a playful reminder of childhood antics.

The silliness of life is triggered by a simple task: hold your breath.

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Luftanhalten, weil man nicht immer Kunst atmen will.

The event took place on July 13, 2013 in the courtyard of the art center Progr in Bern, Switzerland.

Goat Studies

ArchivedHappened in August 2011
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Centre d’Art Neuchâtel

For many of us, the world seems to be one of immense performance where we must both perceive and perform our respective roles. The Australian artist Linda Tegg is fascinated by the notion of ‘the natural’ as a cultural construct. Her video investigations are designed to get closer to an understanding of how we frame reality, and the experience on which we draw to do so.

Goats under surveillance.

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Goat Study is a series of investigations made on site at the Centre d’Art Neuchâtel. The work explores relational realities, the body in space, and the notion of ‘the natural’ as a cultural construct by artist Linda Tegg.

She uses performance, photography and video in various configurations to explore viewing experience, both temporally and spatially, as well as what can happen during that experience.

In Goat Study both the camera and pedestal position the goat’s body in space. By returning the empty pedestal and videos to the site she creates a commemorative space, the apex of the pedestal empty, leaving only traces of what had once been.

The goats in this work may act as metaphors, but simultaneously offer the prospect and awareness of perceptual systems that create alternative realities to our own.

Goat Study 1a:
Two goats enter a gallery and stand on marks positioned in the space. They then exit.
Duration: 3mins

Goat Study 2
A goat stands on a pyramid in a gallery space while a camera circles around.
Duration: 3mins

Goat Study 3
6 goats move freely around a gallery space with a pyramid in the centre. 1 goat is then instructed to climb to the top of the pyramid
Duration: 3mins

Goat Study 4
Goat walks into frame and stands on mark Duration: 3min

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Press Review by Dylan Ranforth for the The Sydney Morning Herald:

Animal Magic. Linda Tegg has ignored at least half of the famous injunction to never work with children or animals – the artist recently travelled to the Centre d'Art Neuchâtel in Switzerland, where she introduced a small herd of goats into the gallery.

Tegg has previously worked with a range of trained animals in her videos, performances and photography – it was a skillful sheep that caught the Swiss curator's eyes.

As for the sheep's biblical offsider, "for centuries the goat has been cast as a symbol of unruliness,lust and Satan ... The animals in my work come with an enormous range of associations and cliches but I try to look beyond that," Tegg says. (...)

The work (Goat Study Part 2) was later shown at the City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand. Introduction to the work:

Exhibition furniture is as familiar to gallery audiences as it is often invisible. The white plinth fits seamlessly into an environment typically defined by its austere cleanliness, clear light and sheer modernist architecture. A goat: less typical. In Linda Tegg’s work a young goat stands atop its triangular plinth. Pristine and monochromatic itself, but for its occasional restive movements the goat too could be art object, an extension of its environment, and certainly it’s the protagonist and performer in the context of this video.

Goat Study Part 2 is part of a series of related works by the artist, in which she stages the juxtaposition of what is ‘natural’ with codes of behaviour and conventions of display that govern spaces dedicated to aesthetic experience. Often involving animals, these works re-inhabit spaces we are familiar with—hotel rooms, galleries and other public buildings—so that we see them quite differently. To see a Mexican Grey wolf calmly stationed in a suburban twin-share is to reconsider ‘wildness’ and domesticity. It also brings into question what it means to perform to camera, the role of documentary, and distinctions we might make between environment, habitat, and site, a word prevalent in discussion around contemporary art.

A herd animal, the goat has the slightly uncomfortable air of one dislocated from its regular social and physical context. In its shifting movements we might recognise the sometimes veiled restlessness of human behaviour in a gallery, perhaps those of someone unsure if they are watching or being watched. Working always with domesticated and trained goats, and in close collaboration with their handlers, Tegg is interested in the layers of performance implicit in every viewing experience, and how a gallery is also a space of surveillance.

Filmed in the immaculate Centre d’art Neuchâtel in Switzerland, in this work the camera pans its subject with relentless focus. All poise and dignity, the goat ultimately seeks to exit the stage.

The production took place at the Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland in August 2011.

Work up a Vigorous Sweat

ArchivedHappened in March 2010
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Neue Galerie

A sauna session can be a social affair in which the participants disrobe and sit or recline in temperatures typically between 70 °C (158 °F) and 100 °C (212 °F).

This induces relaxation and promotes sweating.

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The word sauna is an ancient Finnish word referring to the traditional Finnish bath and to the bathhouse itself.

There are etymological equivalents in the Finnic languages such as the Ingrian and Votic word sauna, Estonian saun, Võro sann and Livonian sōna. The word suovdnji in Sámi means a pit dug out of the snow, such as a hole for a willow grouse.

In Baltic-Finnic languages other than Finnish, sauna does not necessarily mean a building or space built for bathing. It can also mean a small cabin or cottage, such as a cabin for a fisherman.

The sauna sessions took place between March 22 and April 22 at the Neue Galerie in Bern, Switzerland.
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