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EVENTO 2011: Bordeaux. 6 – 16 October 2011

Through EVENTO 2011, I am keen to turn Bordeaux into a huge experimental platform, and involve every field helping to transform both city and society, the aim being to produce an original and universal model, a new representation of how we can live together, drawing inspiration from other cities around the world. The event will invite every manner of artistic expression to explore new prospects in the economic, political, social and ecological arenas. Our goal is to produce, with and in Bordeaux, an alternative model for living together in a better way, a novel linkage between cultures, to be achieved through art – “an urban re-evolution” for tomorrow’s cities. This renewal will bring forth art works representing the “re-invented city”, capable of becoming a new subject of hope for contemporary societies. Michelangelo Pistoletto, Artistic Director EVENTO 2011

In its second manifestation and planned to take place every two years, the city of Bordeaux presents EVENTO, subtitled – l’art pour une évolution urbaine  – art for an urban re-evolution – offering international artists an chance to look over the city, explore it and turn it into a place of artistic experimentation. EVENTO 2011 is  an urban rendezvous of international or Bordeaux artists, creating original works, installations, exhibitions, concerts and performances with the participation of the professional and amateur public.The artistic direction and curation for 2011 is by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittadellarte,  will focus on the themes of art and citizenship, and inclusion and difference, art being for Pistoletto a fundamental vehicle of social change.

Music: Sharing and composing music through participatory concerts, parades and musical performances  directed by David Cossin, member of Bang on a Can All Stars and founder of the Sound Res programme (Italy) has imagined a meeting of musical genres, from the procession of ghetto blasters to spiritual music, by way of American minimalism.

Dance / Performance: Pippo Delbono, actor, director, head of an iconoclast theatre troop, is creating a new opus, intermingling with public space to orchestrate a complete representation. “There are no characters, but rhythms, colours, voices, contradictions, directions, balances, imbalances; all the time, like a musical composition. You have be on the set without your head.”

Exhibitions: The Roots project is made up of three exhibitions, on view from October 2011 to February 2012, which illustrate the creative context for “urban re-evolution”. Artists will take a retrospective, contextual and forward-looking exploration of Bordeaux’s historical, artistic and urban activity,  undertaken with three of the city’s Museums: the Musée d’Aquitaine, the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, and arc en rêve centre d’architecture.

Historical roots – the central theme is modern slavery in our contemporary societies, linked with the Musée d’Aquitaine’s rich collection about the three-way trade and slavery in the 18th century, recounting the link the city has with its own history. Writing and re-writing history, understood as the inscription both of a perceptible trace and of differences, is not a static approach but a current and vital one which reveals and brings out new relations, and new outlooks.  With the participation of William Kentridge, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Shilpa Gupta, Michael Blum, Wael Shawky, Marzia Migliora.

Artistic roots –  the exhibition Strange and Close is about the notion of “vicinity”. In the CAPC’s nave, the works of thirty artists present the negotiations and tensions which result for life shared in one and the same space. Organised by The Van Abbemuseum at Eindhoven (Netherlands), well known for its politically involved art collection, and its director, Charles Escher. With the participation of Marjetica Potrč, Dan Peterman, Yael Bartana, Artur Zmijewski, Chto Delat, Daniza Dakic, Harun Farocki, Akram Zaatari, Nedko Solakov, Aydan Murtezaoglu at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.

Urban roots – An exhibition, jointly curated by STEALTH.unlimited and arc en rêve centre d’architecture, will narrate urban utopias and take the form of a fresco made by Bordeaux-based graphic artists and comic strip authors, themselves interpreting words penned by a writer and a philosopher. The fiction, set in 2030, will present collective forms of organization, capable of anticipating new ways of making the city, based on a political commitment and new forms of solidarity.

From 6 to 16 October 2011.

www.evento2011.com

About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space - creator of art projects - writer on art

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