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Arc Talks: Mathilde Villeneuve/ Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers

Solitude Projects

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 7 pm

The Experimental Station for Research București
Str. Gazelei 44, sector 4

Solitude Projects presents:
Arc Talks: Mathilde Villeneuve/ Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers

ARC Bucharest in partnership with București and Institutul Francez, invites you to a presentation by Mathilde Villeneuve, co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. Mathilde Villeneuve is curator in residence in the frame of Arc Bucharest 2018 program.

“With Alexandra Baudelot and Dora Garcia, we have been co-directing Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers since 2013, seeking to assert and develop orientations informed at once by the founding principles of this exceptionally challenging venue and by our personal convictions: creating for artists the best possible conditions to foster experimentation and the emergence of new forms, which crucially entails giving artists time to develop their work; making Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers a collective space where art and poetry combine with a reflection on civic life, welcoming ‘practices’ rather than ‘disciplines’; connecting these practices to theory and ensuring that the forms produced approach or tie in with the knowledge produced; reconfiguring a space able to support the fragile formulation of new utopias and plural modes of existence.

Because we believe that it is by asserting a circumscribed space for art that we will be able to make it porous to its environment and develop a complex reflection, we constantly interrogate the nature and role of the art institution. We pursue yearly programmes connected to social and political problematics. Following our previous cycles exploring the commons, the relationship between art and work, and new forms of performative critique, this year we will be investigating going beyond the ultra-medicalised approach to society, and over the next three years, through reading groups and other regular public events, we will continue our efforts to establish a space able to bring together a diversity of communities with shared interests in pressing contemporary issues.

Finally, along with the artists we work with, we are committed to pursuing a reflection on our locality. In order to address and create new modes of collective action, we seek to investigate the local through a dialogue with key agents of the town and its surrounding area (and not only those involved with art) as well as with research collectives we have chosen to follow and support and through the networks we are developing both with individuals and institutions on an international level.”

Bio Mathilde Villeneuve

Arc Bucharest is a residency program designed for curators working and living outside Romania to explore the effervescent art scene in Bucharest and other artistic centers across the country.

Arc Bucharest 2018 partners: Institutul Francez, Fabrica de Pensule, Centrul Ceh (Czech Centre Bucharest), British Council Romania,, Salonul de proiecte, FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art Prague

Arc Bucharest is a cultural program co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN).

The program does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the program or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These fall entirely in the responsibility of the funding beneficiary.