THANK YOU

A quick recap of our inauguration weekend that took place on September 14-15-16, 2018. Thank you to all the artists and attendees who contributed to the success of this event !

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The call for applications for the Principal Residency Program of La Becque is now closed.

Selected 2019 residents will be announced in December, 2018.

Our next call for applications (seeking residents for 2020) will be published on April 1, 2019.

FAQ

Meet our jury :

Alexandre Babel

Percussionist and composer

Alexandre Babel is a Swiss composer, drummer and percussionist based in Berlin.
He is involved in various contemporary contexts encompassing modern classical music, free improvisation, noise and performance art. His work explores purely acoustic sound and blurs the boundaries between contemporary music and electronic aesthetics, through virtuoso instrumental technique.
Alexandre Babel is the artistic director of the contemporary percussion ensemble Eklekto. He is also the principal percussionist of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the drummer of noise-rock unit Sudden Infant, and the co-founder of the performance collective Radial. His compositions have been performed in various venues and festivals, including Oberlin University, the Archipel Festival in Geneva, the Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has taught at the University of Berlin, the Haute école de musique in Geneva, the University of Melbourne and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Photo credit : Martin Baumgartner

Alexandre Babel

Percussionist and composer

Vincent Baudriller

Director of the Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne

Coming soon

Vincent Baudriller

Director of the Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne

Latifa Echakhch

Artist

A Franco-Moroccan conceptual artist based in Martigny (Switzerland), Latifa Echakhch is a graduate of the National School of Arts of Cergy-Pontoise and the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon. She participated in the Venice Biennale in 2011 and was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013. “Her work, between surrealism and conceptualism, questions with economy and precision the importance of symbols and reflects the fragility of modernism,” according to Alfred Pacquement, president of the jury, director of the National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Pompidou). She is represented by the Kamel Mennour gallery in Paris, the Eva Presenhuber gallery in Zurich and the Dvir Gallery gallery in Tel Aviv.

Latifa Echakhch

Artist

Jean-Paul Felley

Curator, director of ECAV – Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais

Jean-Paul Felley, an art historian trained at the University of Geneva and a curator, is the Director of the ECAV (Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais) since June 2018.
Felley has organized architecture, design and contemporary art exhibitions since 1989. In 1994, he and Olivier Kaeser founded Attitudes, an independent contemporary art association based in Geneva, with Olivier Kaeser. Since its inception, Attitudes has organized exhibitions in Switzerland, Europe, as well as in Latin America and Lebanon.
From 2008 to 2018, Felley co-directed the Centre culturel suisse de Paris, again with Olivier Kaeser.

Photo credit : Pablo Felley

Jean-Paul Felley

Curator, director of ECAV – Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais

Sabine Himmelsbach

Director of the Haus der elektronischen Künste – HeK, Basel

Since March 2012, Sabine Himmelsbach is the director of HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel), Switzerland’s foremost institution dedicated to digital culture and the new art forms of the information age. After studying art history in Munich, she worked for galleries in Munich and Vienna from 1993–1996 and later became project manager for exhibitions and conferences for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria. In 1999 she became the exhibition director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. From 2005–2011 she was the artistic director of the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. Her exhibition projects include “Fast Forward” (2003); “Coolhunters” (2004); “Ecomedia” (2007); “MyWar” (2010) and “Culture(s) of Copy” (2011). In 2011 she curated “gateways. Art and Networked Culture” for the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program. Her exhibitions at HeK in Basel include “Sensing Place” (2012), “Semiconductor: Let There Be Light” (2013), “Ryoji Ikeda” (2014), “Poetics and Politics of Data” (2015), “Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Preabsence” (2016), “unREAL” (2017) and “Lynn Hershman Leeson: Anti-Bodies” (2018). As a writer and lecturer, she is dedicated to topics related to media art and digital culture.

Photo credit : Christian Knoerr

Sabine Himmelsbach

Director of the Haus der elektronischen Künste – HeK, Basel

Tamara Jenny-Devrient

Independent project manager, member of the board of the Fondation Françoise Siegfried Meier

Tamara Jenny-Devrient has worked as a production manager for artistic projects in Switzerland and abroad for many years.
She has collaborated with the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on various projects, before taking on production duties for the Festival Images Vevey for seven years. Over the course of her career, she had developed a particular affinity for and experience in staging the production of monumental installations and events in public spaces.
She currently works as a freelancer and carries out various mandates for cultural institutions in French-speaking Switzerland.

Credit photo : Charles Frôté

Tamara Jenny-Devrient

Independent project manager, member of the board of the Fondation Françoise Siegfried Meier

Elise Lammer

Curator and critic – Institut Kunst HGK FHNW Basel, HEAD-Genève, SALTS Basel

Elise Lammer (born in Lausanne, lives and works in Basel and Berlin) began her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona, before obtaining a Master’s degree in curatorial studies from Goldsmiths University in London.
She is a curator at the SALTS space in Basel, and the founder of Kunsthalle Roveredo, an annual artistic residency project in Graubünden. From 2014 to 2016, she was in charge of exhibitions at APRA, the Adrian Piper Foundation, during the preparation of the artist’s retrospective at MoMA. As curator, artist and author, she has participated in exhibitions in many national and international institutions, including the Kunsthaus Glarus, Istituto Svizzero di Roma (Rome); MAMCO (Geneva); Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin); Goethe Institut (Beijing, Hong Kong); South London Gallery (London), Centre culturel suisse (Paris). She is a guest lecturer at the HEAD-Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Geneva and at the Institut Kunst-Université des Arts, Basel.
As a critic, she regularly contributes to Spike Magazine, Frieze, l’Officiel Art.

Elise Lammer

Curator and critic – Institut Kunst HGK FHNW Basel, HEAD-Genève, SALTS Basel

Luc Meier

Director of La Becque

Born in Vevey, Switzerland, Luc Meier studied international relations in Geneva. He then spent over ten years abroad, working on cultural projects in Japan and in the United States. From 2008 to 2012, he developed swissnex San Francisco’s and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia’s common art and technology program and directed it out of San Francisco.

Upon his return to Switzerland in 2013, he coordinated the curatorial development of ArtLab at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and was its director of programs until June 2018. A programmatic and architectural initiative, ArtLab brings together art, science and technology in an exhibition infrastructure designed with architect Kengo Kuma.
Since August 2018, Luc Meier is the director of La Becque | Artist Residency.

Luc Meier

Director of La Becque

Stefano Stoll

Director of Festival Images Vevey

Stefano Stoll is the director of the Festival Images in Vevey, Switzerland. Since 2008 he has specialized this biennial of visual arts in monumental outdoor installations. Every two years it proposes photographic projects made to measure in the streets, parks, the lake and on the façades but also in the city’s museums and galleries, by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Christian Marclay, Hans-Peter Feldman, Paul Fusco, René Burri, Lee Friedländer, Alex Prager, JR, Martin Parr and Alec Soth. In this context, he also manages an “off space” dedicated to contemporary photography (Espace Images Vevey) as well as the Grand Prix Images Vevey, one of the oldest photographic production grants in Europe. During his studies, he participated in the early days of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography as its co-director from 1998 to 2002. He then joined the artistic direction of the Swiss National Exhibition EXPO.02 before taking over the cultural affairs department of the city of Vevey until 2015. He is regularly invited as a member of international juries such as the Paul Huf Award (Amsterdam), which he chaired in 2014. As an author, he is a member of AICA Press and writes on cultural policy, art and photography.

Stefano Stoll

Director of Festival Images Vevey

PARTNERSHIPS

In addition to its Principal Residency Programme, La Becque launches two first Partnership Residency Programs in 2019, with Pro Helvetia and ECAL respectively.

COINCIDENCIA Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges, is a program initiated and organized by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

This partnership with La Becque aims to offer two three-month residencies to artists living in South America. The residency is open to all artistic disciplines, as long as the project developed at La Becque proposes a strong link with the notions of nature, territory and/or technology.  

 

More information regarding the partnership and the program on www.coincidencia.net

COINCIDENCIA

La Becque launches its partnership with ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne in early 2019. The first joint venture between La Becque and an art and design school, the ECAL x La Becque initiative aims at fostering research projects and promoting excellence in art and design education.

The collaboration will start in February 2019 with the first ECAL Residence at La Becque featuring Mitch Paone, partner and creative director at renowned Brooklyn-based creative design agency DIA Studio.Specialized in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typography, Mitch Paone will spend four months at La Becque developing his own research project while guest lecturing during the entire spring semester at ECAL, in the Bachelor Graphic Design and Master Type Design programs. The next guest resident will be invited in fall 2019, for a residency spanning the entire semester.

Additionally, ECAL and La Becque will offer to three ECAL alumni the opportunity to apply for a summer residency at La Becque, with the EXECAL Residence at La Becque. More information on the call for applications will be announced early December.
Stay tuned!

 

More information regarding the partnership on www.ecal.ch

ECAL & EXECAL Residence at La Becque

OUR MISSION

La Becque artist residency ambitions to host and to foster the creativity of artists of all backgrounds and disciplines. Residents will benefit from an exceptional site and infrastructure, conducive to accomplishing the project they have been selected for.

La Becque’s principal residency program participants will be selected globally by a transdisciplinary jury of experts. The program is oriented towards confirmed artists as well as up-and-coming practitioners with a high development potential.

In addition to its principal program, La Becque will also partner up with collectivities both international and Swiss and collaborate with them to develop specific, tailor-made residency programs. Among others, La Becque will devise residency programs with the art schools (visual arts, design, performing arts) of the Swiss HES-SO network to foster the development of post-graduation excellence.

All programs will dedicate particular attention to projects exploring the notions of nature and of technology – two notions which are more than ever intertwined and at the core of contemporary preoccupations.

LOCATION AND NETWORK

Located on an exceptional slice of lakeside land with stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, La Becque offers state of the art live and work infrastructure for creative residents. Its vast garden hosts a total of 8 fully-equipped apartments in 4 pavilion units. A collective building located near the site entrance features an event space with a capacity of 100, a library and four 30sqm workshops. The sixth building comprises additional flexible work and lodging spaces, administrative offices as well as four additional residential rooms intended for short duration stays.

In immediate proximity to the cities of Vevey and Montreux, La Becque is also less than 30 minutes away from Lausanne, and just one hour removed from Geneva. All of Switzerland’s other cultural and natural hotspots are a few hours away at most from the Swiss Riviera region.

THE FOUNDATION

La Becque artist residency was developed under the auspices of the Fondation Françoise Siegfried-Meier.

A violionist of renown born in 1914, Françoise Siegfried-Meier showed an unswerving commitment to the artists of her time. Generous and passionate, she expressed a wish to durably support a number of public organizations and institutions, particularly in the field of the arts, by creating a foundation bearing her name.

Françoise Siegfried-Meier wish for her family’s domain in La Tour-de-Peilz to become a haven of creativity and exchange is now realized through La Becque, a residency infrastructure that is a natural fit for this unique and stunningly beautiful site.

 

Foundation board :

 

Guy Nicollier, Chairman

Jean Nicollier, Vice-chairman

Thomas Scheurer, Treasurer

Tamara Jenny-Devrient, Member

François Margot, Member

THE TEAM

In order to develop and bring this important residency project to its full potential, the Foundation board chose Luc Meier, for his rich and varied curriculum, his strong Swiss and international networks and his track record in setting up original transdisciplinary cultural programs from the ground up.

 

Luc Meier, Director

Graziella Torrigiani, administration and production manager

Manon Briod, communication and production assistant

Pierre-Yves Mingard, steward

CONTACT

La Becque
Résidence d’artistes
Chemin de la Becque 1
1814 La Tour-de-Peilz

info@labecque.ch

NEWSLETTER

Projection


'An invitation to disappear'
Film de Julian Charrière, 2018


Garden

Friday 14: 21:00-22:15
Saturday 15: 20:00-22:00

In spring 1815, Indonesian volcano Tambora erupts - a deflagration equal to 170’000 Hiroshima bombs, and the onset of a drastic disruption of global climate change: Europe, notably, suffers a significant drop in temperature in the years that follow, with chain reactions being felt all the way to the Alps. When artist Julian Charrière climbs Tambora with a new project in mind, the vast palm tree plantations below caught his attention. Indeed, the area is now home to the world’s biggest palm oil production. The forests that originally made up the area have been replaced by a natural factory, one that generates important greenhouse emissions. In this mock-natural ecosystem, Charrière stages and films a human, technoid intervention - a rave party that the films slowly circles in and out of. “An Invitation to Disappear” stages a pagan rite amidst a nature permanently hybridized. Shown at Art Basel’s Art Parcours in June 2018 and since then at the Musée de Bagnes, “An Invitation to Disappear” will be screened at La Becque two weeks before the release of Charrière’s collaborative LP with electronic producer Ed Davenport (Inland), who also performs during our opening weekend. Born in Morges and based in Berlin, Julian Charrière is a French-Swiss artist whose work bridges the realms of environmental science and cultural history. He is a graduate of ECAV (Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais) and the Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin, where he studied under the guidance of Olafur Eliasson. Marshaling performance, sculpture and photography. His projects often stem from fieldwork in remote locations with acute geophysical identities – such as volcanoes, ice-fields and radioactive sites. To date, his works has explored post-romantic constructions of ‘nature’, and staged tensions between deep or geological timescales and those relating to mankind.


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