|Andreas Broeckmann on Sat, 14 Nov 1998 11:55:09 +0100|
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|Syndicate: CALL FOR PARTICIPATIONS - biennale des couvertes|
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 18:29:14 -0400 From: LE.LIEU@total.net, CENTRE EN ART ACTUEL/Les Éditions Intervention <email@example.com> call for participations - biennale des couvertes 6 (LE LIEU, CENTRE EN ART ACTUEL/Québec) For the 6th édition of its Biennale des Couvertes, la Chambre d'Investigation et le Fonds des Couvertes launch a «CONCOURS DE CIRCONSTANCES» As a theme for the coming edition of la Biennale des Couvertes, LE LIEU proposes you to work on french expression : concours de circonstances... As always, the expression is a pawn, difficult to translate or transpose to english BUT the main idea is to play on the contradictory means of the situation/here are some clues : memo_______(biennale des couvertes is a parodic-homonym of a Québec municipal auction calling itself la Biennale Découverte and its aim is to achieve a yearly manifestation critical to the current socio-political art context ; this year, by lack of money or time, promotors of the official biennal decided not to hold an auction and instead attribuated prices among Le Musée du Québec's recent acquisitions>ultimately, promotors wont need artists anymore !) So this time in contextualising our title for la biennale des couvertes 98, we chose to address the register of this expression questioning circumstances, hence context in report with the idea of contest/competition (as promoted in the auction or market principles) enhancing the self gratification/(en)closure of this promotional system . Concours translates as contest/competition, examination/show/promotion as well as support/assistance/help and circonstances = circumstances. These put together in french expression concours de circonstances refer to the coincidence or conjunction of various events into a certain result, the situation resulting from a string/link/sequence of a series of events. To a certain extent, concours de circonstance could approach the expression «force of circumstances», or english language would use expressions such as «under» some circumstances. Th circumstantial-competitive/selective register/range of this expression from hasard/arbitrary to consequence, implies the variable positions in or into a situation, thus engaging questions of responsability, consequence/implication/ethics,involvment... So LE LIEU invites you to explore/express on this, and propose a piece, visual, 2d, 3d, literal or literary, digital, audio [taped or live on the night of opening], video [there will be a Hi-8 video camera, 1 magnetoscope and monitor, 28in] that you can deliver, mail, email or fax to LE LIEU by December 7th [montage will go from 7 to 10], AND/OR live intervention at the opening of what we would like to become more a tribune to express on the context of art than a casual vernissage [exhibition will run till January]. So whether you wish to address coincidence, chance, luck (or lack of)... uncertain, random, abusive or (in)consequent circumstances, actual or fictitious, extraordinary, casual, frightening, funny, predictible, extatic, arbitrary or dramatic, pathetic, derisory circumstances, you are invited to expose and/or express share in various means your inspiration and convictions on this theme evoke paradoxal, stunning, moving or compromising, enonce ideal or denonce alienating circumstances (one needs not go far to observe circumstances which absurd or derisory character would rival to deserve a mention in a contest of circonstances/circumstantial contest) In such (artistically) determined circumstances, the opening will also be occasion to reevaluate current context and events to elect-select circumstances meeting criteria everyone are invited to determine in order (or disorder/non order) to attribute, award or impute prices and mentions to various circumstances deserving titles of mitigating, aggravating etc This concours de circonstances is a pretext to address questions and notions of intention and finality, in a metaphoric/euphoric-participative way. You dream of influencing ! course of things, or evade ill fortune, lend your contribution to the circumstance and participate to la Biennale des Couvertes/Everybody wins at this concours de circonstances ! [prices will be distributed to all attending the opening] Final will be held friday dec. 11 at LE LIEU. ) reception of your works: by monday décember 7 1998 (by mail, email, fax, in person) actions at opening : contact-us PLEASE CONFIRM AT (418) 529.9680/f (418) firstname.lastname@example.org * * * * * * * * * * * * * LE LIEU, CENTRE EN ART ACTUEL email@example.com 345, rue du Pont, Québec, Québec G1K 6M4 T 418 529 9680 * F 418 529 6933 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .