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As part of the Veduta/Biennale de Lyon residence program, Bik Van Der Pol spent May to September 2009 at the Miribel Park, which is part of several municipalities: Lyon, Villeurbanne, Vaulx-en-Velin, Décines, Meyzieu and Jonage. After an introduction to the park’s lake and its beaches, they came up with a plan for a raft/diving board for bathers to enjoy during the summer, with the scene being filmed from the beach. The raft was immediately taken by storm this beach has no diving board and the camera completely forgotten by the participants. Result, no more and no less than scenes of everyday life of the kind the Lumière brothers recorded 150 years ago. The film was edited and shown, and the raft exhibited along with a banner reading, Beneath the pavement, the beach that famed May 68 slogan. So what do you see on the stage/raft? A moment of getting away from it all? A carefree community? A kitsch dream? A fleeting instant in the sun? People doing typically silly things? Or just a simple memory of holiday time?

With the support of Royal Netherlands Embassy, Paris; Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

BIK VAN DER POL
Sculpture publique (Sous les pavés, la plage), 2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Living contemporary art

In partnership with the various local actors, Veduta is devising and producing a great variety of events: artist residencies, artwork production, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, colloquia and performances in both unexpected and conventional venues.

Veduta aims to shake up the classic scheme of cultural mediation, which has traditionally comprised four actors: artwork, venue, mediator and audience. Veduta reflects a desire to break away from the gestural language of habitual cultural behaviours. For instance, should one stand silently before a work of art? Nothing could be less certain: on 5 July, on Place du 8 Mai 1945, a square in the Etats-Unis district of Lyon’s eighth arrondissement, Elshopo handed out pancakes silkscreened with a chocolate portrait of Michael Jackson. In the same quarter, since 15 May, Robert Milin has been walking up and down staircases in residential blocks on Rue Arrachart and gleaning expressions that he then transforms into “urban signage” in the form of lightboxes fixed to walls of buildings. During the same period, Eko Nugroho camped at La Maison Carmagnole in southern Vaulx-en-Velin. After spending a month with youngsters from this Lyon suburb, he staged L’arc-en-ciel sous la pierre at the open-air Théâtre de Verdure on 18 June… On 8 October and 2 December, with the ENS graduate training school, Veduta is staging a colloquium with a promising title (“The Future of the Everyday”), to be held in Sarkis’s artwork at MACLyon. At a later date, in the same venue, Veduta will ask whether it is still possible to be foreign? Every week from September to December, a couple will spend a night at the Biennale; Veduta’s after-sales service will run a hotline every Wednesday afternoon to answer all the questions you never dared ask about contemporary art. In October, Veduta will install an exhibition at the swimming baths in Décines, while Xu Zhen’s vehicle and the reconstruction of the car of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine – recently the subject of a biopic – will be on show at the Charlie Chaplin Centre in Vaulx-en-Velin …

Veduta is choosing to take “The Spectacle of the Everyday” literally and apply it to five themes: making, eating, inhabiting, talking and thinking – ordinary activities shared by all. But the idea here is, of course, to Make, Eat and Inhabit Art, and to Talk and Think About Art.

 

Making contemporary art

Artist Residencies
Le Forum
Exhibitions
Three-Sided Football

 

Inhabiting contemporary art

Rendez-vous Chez Soi
Une Nuit à la Biennale
Les Weekends du Forum

 

Eating contemporary art

Rendez-vous au Marché
“Pain Peint”

 

 

Talking about contemporary art

Le SAV de Veduta
Les Ambassadeurs
Parlons-nous
ECC (Etat Civil Contemporain)

 

Thinking about contemporary art

Ongoing Forum in Sarkis’s Artwork
Lectures
Outreach classe
Café debates

 

 


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