OPEN STUDIOS – WINTER 2023
During the winter edition of our traditional Open Studios held on Thursday, March 16, 2023, the public was invited to come and discover the work in progress of the residents and enjoy installations and performances created especially for this event.
On this occasion, Ozhopé Collective showed a series of collages composed of images of the rich textural surface of Malawian dugout canoes, which they have gathered since 2017 and nailed and glued to driftwood found on the shores of Lake Geneva.
American graphic designer Brian Roettinger presented some of his ongoing work, including a catalog work that gathers archives on the Los Angeles punk rock band The Screamers, a series of art direction projects related to music, art and performance, and some typographic research projects.
In the Conference Room, American artist and director Ericka Beckman reveals parts of her long-term project on the redevelopment of her first live performance, Stalk, which was first presented during the Performa Biennial in New York in 2021.
Madison Bycroft presented the multimedia, interactive immersive project Joystick which was developed during a residency at French videogame publisher Ubisoft and also research on their work in progress Waterlogue, a new science-fiction project in experimental moving image which aims to explore standardized metrics.
Franco-Haitian artist Ife Day performed Dépays, one of three parts of her performative work L’odeur des eaux, designed for Open Studios as a playground from, for and by La Becque.
Then, Korean cellist, composer, and improviser Okkyung Lee took over La Becque’s Conference Room to present a solo cello performance along with pre-recorded materials. This performance featured her latest composition Whistling and Whirling commissioned by Radio France for this year’s Festival Présences back in February, written for cello and GRM’s Acousmonium but exceptionally customized for the Open Studios.
To end the night, Brazilian duo Fronte Violeta showcased its ongoing studies that focus on stability and instability through a performative installation that combines sound with visuals and smells. In this ephemeral act, opposing and contrasting ideas confronted each other; always in motion, they take different forms never fully settling into an established form.
1: La Becque Open Studios Winter 2023
2-6: Ozhopé Collective
7-10: Brian Roettinger
11: Ericka Beckman
12-14: Madison Bycroft
15-18: Ife Day
19:21: Okkyung Lee
22-24: Fronte Violeta