La Becque Residencies Calendar Archives

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 call for applications is now closed, the next one will be open in March 2022!

The selected candidates for the 2022 Principal Residency Program will be announced in early July.

 

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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. 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.

François J. Bonnet Composer and theoretician

François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer and electroacoustic musician based in Paris. In addition to being the Director of INA GRM (Institut national de l’audiovisuel / Groupe de Recherches), François J. Bonnet is also the author of several books published in English by Urbanomic. He wrote the manifesto “The Music to Come”, published by Shelter Press in 2020, and the co-edited the “SPECTRES” series of publications, a joint project of INA GRM and Shelter Press. As a musician, Bonnet often works under the project name Kassel Jaeger. He has collaborated with artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Giuseppe Ielasi, Stephan Mathieu, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Akira Rabelais, James Rushford or Gisèle Vienne. While his own music has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world, François J. Bonnet has been working closely with groundbreaking composer and electronic music pioneer Eliane Radigue, and has been performing regularly her composition in concert.

Patrick de Rham Director of Arsenic

Patrick de Rham 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.

Latifa Echakhch Artist

French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch 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 Curator, director of EDHEA

Jean-Paul Felley, 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.

Stefanie Hessler Curator, writer, and editor

Stefanie Hessler is a curator, writer, and editor. Her work focuses on ecologies and technology from an intersectional feminist perspective. She is the director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway, where she has curated solo exhibitions by Jenna Sutela, Diana Policarpo, and Frida Orupabo. She is currently preparing the research-based transdisciplinary exhibition Sex Ecologies at Kunsthall Trondheim in collaboration with The Seed Box, and editing the accompanying compendium on queer ecologies, sexuality, and care in more-than-human worlds (forthcoming, The MIT Press, 2021).

Sabine Himmelsbach Director of the 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.

Deborah-Joyce Holman Artist and curator

Deborah-Joyce Holman is a multidisciplinary artist whose work deals with strategies of refusal. She is currently interested in exploring this through the figure of the trickster. She employs a variety of media in her practice, such as text, sculpture, installation, film- and image-making. She currently works as associate director at East London arts organisation Auto Italia. She is the founding director of 1.1, a platform for early career practitioners in arts, music and text-based practices, with an exhibition space in Basel, Switzerland, which ran 2015 – 2020. Deborah has also curated the 2018 and 2019 annual group exhibitions for Les Urbaines, Lausanne.

Tamara Jenny-Devrient Independent project manager

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. 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 Curator and critic

Elise Lammer 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 Director of La Becque

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.

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 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.

Satellite residencies

La Becque also supports long-term projects of artists based in Switzerland or in the region by offering them a residency adapted to the needs of their project.

The proposals selected for these satellite residencies deal with the themes addressed by the Principal Residency Program, i.e. the interactions between nature and technology.

RESIDENTS 2020

Yann Gross Aladin Borioli

ECAL Residences

La Becque is partnering with the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne to create a new residency format to welcome renowned artists and teachers. The first joint venture between La Becque and an art and design school, the initiative offers the opportunity to residents to conduct a personal project at La Becque while guest lecturing at ECAL within one of the department over the course of an entire semester.

 

More information regarding the partnership on ECAL’S WEBSITE

Resident 2021

Wataru Kumano

EXECAL Residences

The EXECAL Residence at La Becque initiative aims at fostering research projects and promoting excellence in art and design education. It offers three ECAL alumni per year the opportunity to each participate in a four-week residency. During their stay, grantees benefit from La Becque’s unique infrastructure while exploring the relationship between nature, the environment and technology as seen through the prism of art and design, the residency’s thematic orientation.

 

The next call for applications will be open in January 2022.

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More information and application submissions on ECAL’S WEBSITE

Pro Helvetia

In association with Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, La Becque participates in the dynamics of national cultural exchange: it selects and hosts artists as part of the South American exchange program COINCIDENCIA, and develops residencies for exploration, production and co-curation with the Swiss Institute in New York and the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, two of the main centres for the dissemination of contemporary Swiss artistic practices abroad.

EYEBEAM

Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future is a program created out of an overwhelming desire to lift the voices of artists in a time of crisis and systemic collapse. The initiative arose quickly from conversations at the outbreak of the global pandemic, when Eyebeam paused its highly distinguished flagship residency for the first time in its history and closed its physical space in order to support New York City’s effort to contain Covid-19.

Eyebeam and La Becque are like-minded organizations in support of visionary artistic practices who came together this year to bring three talented alumni of their respective organizations into the Rapid Response working group, through the generous support of swissnex Boston / New York. The two organizations share an ethos to use digital tools for the creation and distribution of art and support the production of physically distanced work that questions who controls dialogue and discussion in the 21st century.

 

To discover all the selected fellows for the second phase: eyebeam.org.

RESIDENT 2021

Aladin Borioli

EDHEA

This year, our partnership with the EDHEA – the Valais School of Art and Design is concretized in the form of a residency intertwined with the MAPS – Master of Arts in Public Spheres. We offer the opportunity to a master student to reside 3 months at La Becque in order to develop a project in line with the themes dear to both institutions.

 

 

Résidents 2021

M. Haryo Hutomo