Principal residency program
Participants to La Becque’s Principal Residency Program are selected globally by a transdisciplinary jury of experts. The program is open to both accomplished practitioners and up-and-coming candidates with a high potential for artistic growth. Applicants are evaluated on their practice as well as on the quality and pertinence of a residency project specifically written for their time at La Becque.
The residency program will dedicate particular attention to projects exploring the interplay of nature, the environment and technology – notions which are more than ever intertwined and at the core of contemporary preoccupations.
A purposefully broad playfield, this thematic nexus opens up very different yet similarly rewarding avenues of exploration – for example: documenting what and who makes up the “Anthropocene”; using technological tools to document and transcribe natural environments into artistic contexts; exploring new junctures at which technology becomes part of our natural environments, and vice versa.
The next call for applications will be open on March 2021.
Jury :Alexandre Babel Percussionist and composer
Alexandre Babel (born in 1980) 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. He is the artistic director of the contemporary percussion ensemble Eklekto. He was also the principal percussionist of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin from 2010 to 2019, 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.
Patrick de Rham (born in 1972) is the director of the contemporary performing arts center Arsenic, in Lausanne, since 2017. Before that, he headed the interdisciplinary emerging arts festival Les Urbaines for during 10 years. He has also created and directed Post Digital Cultures, a symposium dealing with the relationship between contemporary arts and digital media, under mandate from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. He is or has been an expert for art juries and commissions such as the Swiss Dance Days, Corodis, PREMIO, the Irène Raymond Foundation or Pro Helvetia (for its call for interdisciplinary cooperation projects in new media). He was the first president of the Particimedia association, which supervises the art education structure Culturadio among others. Before working in the art field, he worked as sound designer at the Swiss National Radio, from 1995 to 2007.
French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch (born in 1974) has been living and working in Switzerland since 2012. She graduated from the École nationale supérieure d’arts in Cergy-Pontoise and the École nationale des beaux-arts in Lyon. Galleries representing her include kamel mennour (Paris and London), kaufmann repetto (Milan and New York), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv/Brussels) and Metro Pictures (New York). She took part in the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale Arte in 2011 and was awarded the prix Marcel-Duchamp in 2013 and the Zurich Art Prize in 2015. Latifa Echakhch has made a name for herself thanks to the fine balance between forcefulness and fragility in her interdisciplinary installations, her visual language including surrealist and conceptual elements, and her use of symbols that – in her own words – are both political and poetic.
Jean-Paul Felley (born in 1966), an art historian trained at the University of Geneva and a curator, is the Director of the édhéa – the Valais School of Art since June 2018. He 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, he co-directed the Centre culturel suisse de Paris, again with Olivier Kaeser.
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.
Tamara Jenny-Devrient (born in 1974) 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. 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.
Elise Lammer (born in 1981) was trained as a fine artist in Barcelona and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London.
Lammer is the founding director of Alpina Huus, a research platform exploring performance and domestic space active across art institutions internationally. she is currently the curator of the yearly film and performance programme of DAMA at Palazzo Birago di Borgaro in Turin, and of SCREEN, ArtViewer online artists’ films section. Between 2014 and 2019 she served as a curator at Kunstverein SALTS in Birsfelden. Her writings and research on art, performance and film have been published in magazines and catalogues worldwide, and she is a regular contributor to CURA. and Mousse Magazine. As an artist, curator and writer, Elise Lammer has participated in exhibitions and projects in institutions and galleries internationally, including Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Rome; MAMCO, Geneva; The Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; The Goethe Institut, Beijing, Hong Kong; MCBA, Lausanne; among others. Through a 3-year research project she has been developing since 2018 a garden in homage to Derek Jarman at La Becque | Artist Residency in La Tour-de-Peilz.
Luc Meier (born in 1981) 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.
Stefano Stoll (born in 1974) 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 Feldmann, Paul Fusco, René Burri, Lee Friedlander, Alex Prager, JR, Martin Parr and Alec Soth. In this context, he also manages the Espace Images Vevey, an “off space” dedicated to contemporary photography, 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.