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Europe by Cargo Boat


///Travelling with the prevailing winds. Working through the perpetual current of space and information///

Six young artists and architects are coming together from the French,UK and denmark to take a cargo boat around Europe for the duration of 35 days from the 12th September to the 12th October 2009. Europe by Cargo Boat is a project that assembles different artists from varying disciplines and points of view.  Through this project the artists will re-engage with different ways of thinking, producing and showing art.

The cargo boat will become an art studio, experimental platform and a space for an open dialogue to question the concept of European identity through the celebration of diversity.

This trip will lead us to 11 harbours:

Southampton (GB),  Salerne (Italy), La Piree (Greece), Izmir (Turkey), Ashdod (Israel), Limassol (Cypress), Alexandria (Egypt), Salerne, Savona (near to Genes, Italy), Setubal (Porugal), Bristol (GB),

We are working with countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Israel to propose an extension of the idea of Europe.

At each dock we will share our stories through workshops and lectures organized at universities and artist residencies and public space within the cities. This interaction will help us to create a network of European artists and views as we believe that many different points of view are necessary to acquire an objective point of view on the European creation.

Who never dreamt about travelling on the ocean?

Taking a cargo boat adds to the adventure, risk and discovery. It would be easy to take a flight and travel Europe in a few days but we believe it is necessary to really travel and understand Europe. We will be forced to take time to reflect on our encounters and discover an intimacy with the geographical mapping.

Our quick encounters spent in the countries of between 8-14 hours:

Southampton (GB),  Salerne (Italy), La Piree (Greece), Izmir (Turkey), Ashdod (Israel), Limassol (Cypress), Alexandria (Egypt), Salerne, Savona (near to Genes, Italy), Setubal (Portugal), Bristol (GB),

will give us the possibility to collect details, making our own path through natural instinct. Leaving us with material to incorporate into our research. .

All this new material will be used in conjunction with a variety of existing ideas and media to create art pieces on the cargo boat and at the arranged points of exchange. This project allows us to develop our chosen focuses collectively and individually. The idea is to create 16 art pieces coming from 16 cities. This approach through meeting, sharing and constant creating will provide the time to re-question our art practice. The wide range of skills we all bring to the boat will allow for the production of dance, photography, sculpture, film, performance and writing to be represented without distinction.

We want artists to implicate themselves into research and give them the opportunity to be shown in different cultures and countries. 

A catalogue and a Radio show will be made through the exchanges, containing an array of conversations, texts and documentary of the events and works, it will be made available without charge by distributers across Europe. Making our experience as available as possible.

Through sharing experiences we want to work in balance with the public and its immediate environment as we plan to build a network of individuals to help us engage with a point of view on the idea of European cultural identity. Throughout November and December we will have exhibitions in Paris and London based on our research.  


Partners to date:

  1. The editor Particules
  2. Ministry of French Culture
  3. French Embassy
  4. School of Fine art of Paris
  5. Goldsmiths University
  6. "Paris jeune aventure" city of Paris
  7. Programme "jeunesse en action" région Aquitaine                                                     


French organiser-Sarah Trouche


email / sarah.trouche@gmail.com

www.sarahtrouche.com

www.winterstory.weebly.com

English organiser- Chloe Thorne

santathorne@googlemail.com

www.swansmaketea.weebly.com 
 
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