How can a person, who is yet my contemporary, who is sharing the same planet as I am, makes me have an image of the world that is not the one I had ? We are attentive to create the conditions of an encounter with an artwork that can be intimate and shared, instantaneous and inscribed in a long-term relationship with artistic creation and the world.
Video art awareness workshop
These critical eye and voice workshops are made as an introduction to an audiovisual poetic and sensitive language, away from film and television mainstream offerings. They are also made to support free expression about artworks and to develop through exchanges the critical-thinking tools which are essential to explore one own understanding within over-mediatised images. We believe that in raising curiosity, and stimulating the overcoming of clichés which hinder inter-cultural encounters, we will make it easier to join the festival and discover a part of Friche la Belle de Mai.
During the festival, we can welcome groups and individuals for a conversation-tour of the exhibitions. These visits are an invitation not only to discover la Friche and to have a glance at the behind-the-scene of an international event, but at first to meet an artworks selection of the exhibition.The relation to video art and contemporary art takes a more discreet and intimate form. Here, audience is no more in front of a screen, but immersed in a multidimensional and multi-sensorial space. It is not only the eyes and ears that will be stimulate, but the whole body will be at work. If possible, a dialogue with the artists is organised during the visit.
Popular art galleries
For us, it is important to increase crossings between artworks and audience, that’s why Popular art galleries (video art and performance) are open during the festival, outside of Friche. With the complicity of social organisations, we create ephemeral spaces to welcome artworks, under the best conditions. In addition, a public encounter with the artist(s) is organised. Taking video arts out of the spaces dedicated to contemporary art may help to break down the barriers between different words such as social, culture, art, students, medias, teachers, unemployed, precarious, migrants…
A collaborative project: The Programm’actors
This project will start is second phase at the end of the year, with four groups of volunteers (including social workers) coming from four social organisations from Marseilles. As an artistic process that offers another way of practising the cultural object, it will bring the participants to gradually leave their viewer position to build a high quality video art program. Protagonists of the cultural development of their territory, the participants will share their selection with an audience in order to present their experience of the project, and support it in a real situation of public programming. For the first public screening, we choose a cinema in a neighbourhood, to gives preference to a more familiar exchange between inhabitants and participants’families, cultural actors and artists. The second screening will take place during the 30th edition of the Festival Les Instants Vidéo, and it will be the occasion of a larger crossing of audiences (families, festival regulars, local and international artists and cultural operators…).
Supreme hospitality and free entry
The festival is the highlight where we can fully express our determination for a supreme hospitality. Indeed, experiencing hospitality gives us a deep insight into the kind of society we should strive for. It diverges from a vision of life strictly productivity-oriented and utilitarian. This is why a special care is given to welcoming and to spaces for conviviality, Art is not set apart from life, it is part of it and life is not set apart from art, it is part of it. These continuous comings and goings between art and life give the festival a very special identity. Additionally, all the artistic propositions are free. We considerer art as priceless and it must stay a place where the extra-ordinary can rise.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or if you are wishing to pay us a visit or help your audience to discover contemporary art works. Catalina Cuevas is in charge of the relationships with the audiences. firstname.lastname@example.org – 04 95 04 96 24