Bivouac – open call

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

BIVOUAC is the first event of LABOR. It is an exhibition that takes the shape of an artistic immersion in the 50’000 m2 of La Rasude, a central district totally unknown to the population of Lausanne. From October 30th to November 8th 2020, the public will be invited to explore the area, accompanied by guides. It will be a unique opportunity to discover an extraordinary site –but closed to the public, through the interventions of artists and architects invited to express their visions of the present and future city. Building is a cultural act. Thus, together with builders and promoters, artists and architects will actively participate in the invention of a new district.

BIVOUAC is inspired by the great outdoors and the MATZA experience which, since 2015, has been bringing together artists, architects and territorial specialists in unique regions with significant human or environmental issues. In 2020, the Rasude site in the heart of Lausanne will be subject to an artistic investigation, with fifteen selected artists creating large-scale projects. 10 days of visits will allow the public to discover original works of art and architectural installations, presented as reflections of the world in which we live and ways to metamorphose it.

The bivouac, a way of understanding the world.

Entitled BIVOUAC, this event focuses on the fragile, agile, transitory, moving forms of the city. The bivouac is a form of succinct, provisional, opportunistic construction, open to improvisation, but always depending on a strong environment and the ability of a group to help each other. The bivouac is the image of the city that we propose to explore here. It is an opportunity to rethink the way we inhabit a space, the way we share and live together, by taking an interest in the possibilities of ephemeral construction. The bivouac is thought outside the restrictive and normative constraints of urban space, opening up to more spontaneous and inventive forms of fabrication. Fragile, it also refers to the forms of exclusion and vulnerability that our society produces and whose place is also questioned in the exhibition. From then on, even more in the centre of a city than in its periphery, the bivouac offers a real counterpoint to the current logics of urban production.

A competition at the international level.

BIVOUAC is organized as an international open call and will select 15 projects. The competition is mainly open to artists, architects, landscape and urban planners but anyone involved in urban development in their respective work field can apply. The selected participants will be chosen on the basis of a dossier presenting their recent work, a letter of intent and a project of realisation. Once selected, applicants will develop their proposal taking into account the limitations and opportunities of the site and the neighbourhood. Some visits to La Rasude are planned during the competition period.

Simultaneously, several schools are invited to join the process set up by LABOR and develop projects during the spring semester of 2020. The projects will be integrated in whole or in part to BIVOUAC. Debates, performances and screenings will be held during the exhibition.

Projet Labor-Lausanne, plan du site de la Rasude, Bivouac 2020Neighborhood-scale laboratory

The Rasude district is about to undergo major transformation work that will enable it to be open to the public. Today, the Lausanne population has been given the opportunity to gradually get involved in the discovery of this part of the city, by being associated to an extraordinary event in line with the dynamics of the station district. LABOR is an event that is part of the ambitious project to transform the entire Lausanne train station area. It is a major event that echoes the creation of the museum centre located on the other side of the district.

Living together, art residency as a work process

LABOR is above all a collective work process. At each stage, a residency will take place bringing together artists, architects, specialists and students. This on-site work process is essential as it allows the production of a true collective intelligence regarding the area and the neighborhood. Guests will be invited to create works or projects based on the scale of the building, which the public will then be able to discover. Some will last the entire duration of the exhibitions, others will remain until the last stage of LABOR.

Questioning today’s city and our capacity for change

Through its exploratory and collaborative dimension, BIVOUAC wants to reflect the state of today’s world and the creativity of those who are working to redefine it. In a society that suddenly takes the measure of its excesses, how can we envision the radical changes that the depletion of the planet’s resources, climate change or the precariousness of a large part of its population call for? New balances between individual needs, social projects and available resources must be devised. With BIVOUAC, LABOR wishes to highlight these stakes and to enhance our capacity to act on our urban environment, as inhabitants, users or citizens.

Download the presentation text of BIVOUAC

Download the BIVOUAC open call