INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: BEYOND THE CITY WALLS: EUROPEAN CREATION IN THE MARGINS
19 October 2016
Université de Bourgogne
The research center of the Université de Bourgogne, Texte Image Langage, in collaboration with Dijon’s contemporary art center, Le Consortium, is organizing an interdisciplinary conference gathering scholars, professionals, artists and writers working on artistic creation in the outskirts of European cities. This conference is part of a larger research project focusing on medium-sized European cities which explores the mapping, definition and operating of urban spaces, the elaboration and implementation of urban policies, as well as the cultural specificities of urban and suburban projects. This conference purports to investigate the dynamic processes which draw artists to the margins of the city. We do not intend to scrutinize representations of the city per se but to understand why and how artists (playwrights, musicians, visual artists, film-makers) and writers conceive and locate their works in an urban geography that is endlessly reconfigured and, by doing so, contribute to the redefinition of the power relationships embedded within urban spaces. Creating in the margins often is an act of resistance and a response to the social, cultural and political forces at work within the city. Our interdisciplinary approach will cast light on the interactions between artistic creation and the city (once a space of freedom, now a more homogeneous space), as shaped by social realities, economic forces (including the tourism and heritage industries) and mainstream ideologies. It will also highlight the tensions and resistance that such contacts fuel. The artists whose works make forgotten, redundant or neglected places visible and, thereby, put outcasts to the fore, have moved away from the city to work in its margins: they have displaced their practices to industrial wastelands, brownfield sites or unappealing suburban areas. The outskirts of the city may not be mere “non-places”, to borrow Marc-Augé’s famous phrase. As a matter of fact, the fringes may be viewed as part of uncompleted urban evolutions and constant remappings. By creating and exhibiting outside the city walls, artists inscribe their practices within the flow of tensions between the center and the periphery, centrality and excentricity, norms and alternative models, sedentariness or sedentism and nomadism. Sociologists (Saskia Sassen), anthropologists (Michel Agier) or philosophers (Guillaume Le Blanc) for instance have emphasized the mechanisms of exclusion and segregation that preside over representations of social spaces. Their writings provide a theoretical framework that illuminates contemporary creation processes. This conference intends to explore the way urban margins and their multi-layered meanings modify creation processes or apparatuses.
Send your abstracts (300 words) before the 1st of Septembrer 2016 to:
Valérie Morisson : firstname.lastname@example.org
Christelle Serée-Chaussinand : email@example.com
Sophie Aymes : firstname.lastname@example.org