“Sympathie” at Centre d’art Neuchâtel
Artists : Livia Di Giovanna, Frédéric Gabioud, Sara Ivone, Blaise Parmentier, Guillaume Pellay, Belle Poudre, Marion Ritzmann, Denis Savary, Anaïs Wenger, Sophie Yerly, Dirk Bell, Reto Pulfer
The first exhibition, imagined by the new team at CAN, should be seen as a period of acclimation. A time that allows us to become familiar with our new colleagues and slowly make our marks. Accompanied by a group of artists and other sympathetic collaborators, we are working together towards a symbolic reconstruction of CAN. This exhibition extends over the three months of the autumn season, 2018, and is punctuated by three intermediate events; evenings dedicated to contemporary performances. From an initial situation where the roles of the exhibition spaces have been redistributed (a stock, a workshop and a living-room are installed) to a classic exhibition at the end, different states of the exhibition will follow one another. On display from the first day we opened to the public, the evolutionary dimension of the project Sympathie (which will still go through uncertain phases) will gain its rhythm through the performance programs. This time-scale will work as a distinct marker that the spectators can interpret as an invitation to come (re)discover the exhibition. Our intention is to put in place a favourable context in which human affinities and artistic influences can come to light, in a type of chain reaction. An exhibition setup is generally a time of effervescence when the art centre comes alive and where powerful exchanges are created between the participants. But this moment is generally not seen or felt by the public. With Sympathie we are attempting to reverse this tendency by stretching out this moment, by making it more accessible and by reducing the conventional experience of an exhibition to just one night, the Opening/Closing event on December 14th, 2018.
The reorganisation of the exhibition spaces into functional spaces is a fictional reallocation. Instead of seeing the usual spaces of an exhibition, visitors discover an artist studio (and workshop), a repository (stocked works created in situ or shipped) and a living-room (for rest and reading). This type of space is, somewhat, missing in the art centres current configuration and it seemed necessary to create a more comfortable work environment and to welcome artists in a better adapted manner. It is also a more general observation of the CANs situation that we want to engage: its architecture, its location in the old part of town in Neuchâtel and the art works found in the public space (graffiti), its main entrance hidden between the terraces of the neighbouring bar, its enigmatic hallway and large staircase that leads to the reception on the third floor, etc.
The exhibition Sympathie presents itself as a herald of the experimental and audacious program to come from the new team at CAN.
at Centre d’art Neuchâtel
until 14 December 2018