LABOR

DEAR ARTISTS, DEAR AUDIENCE,

IN VIEW OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR PARTNERS, WE ARE  UNFORTUNATELY FORCED TO POSTPONE THE OPEN CALL FOR BIVOUAC.

IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO BE ORGANIZED IN GOOD CONDITIONS, BIVOUAC WILL TAKE PLACE IN SPRING 2021. NEW DATES WILL BE COMMUNICATED IN SEPTEMBER 2020.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING

LABOR, an ephemeral urban laboratory to explore sustainable forms of our society

By 2050, more than 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. In Switzerland, as in the rest of the world, cities will have to be reinvented to meet the demographic and ecological challenges of tomorrow. New forms of sharing, mobility and living together must be explored, taking advantage of the ephemeral fallow lands offered by an urban space in transition.

In Lausanne, the transformation of the Rasude site, which represents approximately 50,000m2 in the heart of the city, gives LABOR the unique opportunity to experiment a new way of building the city together, via knowledge sharing, creativity and sustainability. Taking into account the future of La Rasude and the challenges ahead, LABOR is conceived as an artistic “meta”-construction site, an event that will gradually bring together the Lausanne population, the wider public, artists, students and experts in order to question the city that we want. As a federating event, LABOR will unfold over 4 years and different stages that will turn La Rasude into the epicenter of a unique urban adventure.

At the crossroads of art and urban planning, LABOR wishes to meet the challenges of our society by dealing with a major theme: the city of tomorrow. It is at the same time a laboratory, a space built for work, life, collaborations and exhibitions, that places the citizen at the core of its development. Conceived as a series of evolutionary stages, LABOR is symbolically based on the rhythm of a real construction site, with four major successive stages that will take place from 2020 to 2023: a preliminary approach stage, a structural work stage, a finishing stage and finally the housing stage. This will be the opportunity for the public to discover new approaches while reflecting on the role of each individual in the process of building the city.

Promised to undergo a profound transformation, the Rasude site will allow the creation of offices and accomodations but also new public and pedestrian spaces. The future use of this urban space therefore raises the question not only of the needs but also of the uses of the city and the various processes involved in its making and development. LABOR thus wishes to consider questions of participation and by extension of democracy and the right to the city as key elements for reflection. This is why it sees itself above all as a laboratory, of which BIVOUAC represents the first major step in 2020.

La Rasude is located in the center of the city of Lausanne

The instigators of the LABOR project are Séverin Guelpa, artist founder of MATZA and Pierre Cauderay (atelier AZAR).

Download the presentation text of LABOR