Artistic and urban intervention
Wednesday 24th May
Tea served at 6.00pm
Place de la Résistance, Anderlecht
With Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa, Sara Sampelayo, Anne Claire Kelam, Dada (Daflow) and a 60 meter rope.
Note by Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa:
There was this intention note that the three of us, Evelyne, Norma, and myself, conscientiously wrote after a week of investigating in Anderlecht, more precisely Cureghem and Saint Guidon.
This intention note was formulated from an observation we made, linked with the theme chosen for us: the “super multicultural superparty” seemed difficult to put into place. Different people living and working in Anderlecht seem to want the superparty to be more multicultural in the part of the commune they live or work in. Certain areas or streets of the commune seem to act as borders that divide it into squares.
We also discovered that twenty-five years ago, a “Bienvenue/Welkom in Anderlecht banner had been hung at the beginning of the Wayez street, just after the canal bridge that separates the Cureghem district from this street. The Cureghem district was symbolically orphaned. Isolated, ostracized by the large municipality of Anderlecht.
We had all the elements for our project: a film, taking place on a historic bridge in Anderlecht, the Canal Bridge, which would show a great game of tug-of-war, a kind of social satire that would humorously point out the tense relationships between different territories in the same municipality.
This is what I was asked to do.
I therefore went to meet different people, non-profit organisations, who live or work in this part of the municipality of Anderlecht. Between Cureghem and Saint Guidon. I was looking for residents, workers, important people for the area to play in the film.
I discovered another project, another party, another multicultural. That of the exchanges, the discussions that the possibility, that the hypothesis of the film allowed... What can you do with a rope? What else can we do, together, than a competition?
On Wednesday 24th May, Sara, Anne Claire, Dada, the rope and I will go to the Place de la Résistance from 2.00 to 8.00 pm.
Rather than a performance, I prefer to talk about a time.
A time during which all three of us question our presence.
We will have our video in our pockets.
We will share it. And then... I can't predict what will happen.
Maybe we'll bond. Maybe we'll shoot. Untie, bound, jump...
But we will be there, at the meeting.
Multi us, multi everything.
A small party.
You will also be able to watch the video "Bienvenue/Welkom in Anderlecht".
This video can be viewed at Cultureghem, Centre Culturel l'Escale du Nord and the café La Fourmilière (Rue d'Aumale,19c) from 25th May to 8th June.
By Sara Sampelayo and Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa
Based on an intention note written by Evelyne Huytebroeck, Norma Prendergast and Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa
With: a rope, Dada (Daflow), Marcel Jacobs, Anne-Claire Kelam, Ariane Sadowski, Eden Shriki, El-Ron Shriki, Norma Prendergast, Evelyne Huytebroeck, Yvette Piret, Claire Rappin, Bastien Montes and Damien Trapletti
Production by the Cifas
A collaboration with L’âge de la tortue and the Centre culturel d’Anderlecht Escale du Nord
We would like to thank Cultureghem, Anne Watthee, Benoit Leclercq, Roberto Roméo, Philippe Voglaire, Nadera Chilah, Thomas Griffet, Adèle Pion, Cibely Ayres Silva, Solange Bontemps, Ariane Sadowski, Yvette Piret, Joëlle Piquet, Khadija El Maachi, Peter Clasen, Koen De Leeuw, Olivier Roisin, Mathilde Maillard, Gilbard and Anna Czapski.
In the context of the European Cooperation project Secondary Residence, coordinated by L’âge de la tortue and co-funded by the European commission (Erasmus+ program)
Secondary residence, the name of the project, refers to those holiday locations where you go to recharge your batteries, to get away from everyday life, or take time to contemplate. Here, the concept extends into regions that are not traditionally perceived in the collective imagination, such as those in which we come to spend a few days of rest. This word appropriation makes us take a step to one side and to take a fresh look at the issues raised.
The concept involves bringing together a unique team in an apartment immersed in a region, for a week. This team is composed of :
→ an artist,
→ a person who lives or works in the region in question,
→ a person who works for the local authorities (community representative, elected or staff).
They live together for a week, sharing both communal working time as well as more informal parts of daily life (meals, leisure, breakfasts).
Based on a working theme that they will have been allocated*(see below), they must produce a collective reflection that will nourish a future artistic endeavour. This reflection is enriched by their exploration of the neighbourhood and their encounters with the people who live and work there. They will document the process of creation and record exchanges, meetings and thought paths taken in this crafting of the ‘common’.
After a week of collective work, the artist will produce a work resulting from the joint reflections of the trio during their residence in the subsequent three months. This work will then be exhibited or performed in the public space.
As a preamble, the artist Anna Czapski for Cifas, had animated the first stage, in the cultural centre l'Escale du Nord. Anna and Charlotte David from Cifas had developed an intention to "have a good time". In other words, to provide a warm and human experience in the strict sense of the word and to avoid a more technical, cold and methodological experience in order to achieve the "thematic outcome" required by the protocol.
Also via various techniques, partly from the "Futurology of Cooperation" project, time was spent bonding, forming a group, sharing powerful and living affects. "How to mobilise knowledge without theorising? Starting from what is important for each of us, from the knowledge and intuitions that have accompanied and carried the participants for a long time, we looked for what unites us, what is the basis of a common yet specific experience of our city: Anderlecht.
We talked a lot, we sang, we drank and ate. From the strata of our memories, sometimes trans-generational, obvious things surfaced and we trusted these 'emanations' to give the trio a direction, a meaning rather than another. As memories, sensations, visions and experiences were shared, the formula "super multicultural party" became obvious, because Anderlecht is a truly extraordinary city, seen from this angle.
Secondary residence was held in Anderlecht (Brussels) from 23 to 29 January 2023. For a week, a resident of Anderlecht - Norma Prendergast -, an artist - Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa - and a local counselor - Evelyne Huytebroeck - lived together and developed an artistic project for the public space based on the theme previously defined by this group of Anderlecht residents: The super multicultural super party.
Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa
Originally from Marseille where he worked as an educator with "autistic" or "maladjusted" children, Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa has been living in Brussels for 14 years. He is now a stage director and set designer. His work, which always begins with the creation of a space, is said to be halfway between installation, performance and theatre. He is a teacher in the scenography workshop of the visual arts school of La Cambre.
Brussels citizen, journalist by training, regional deputy for the green party from 1989 to 2019, including 10 years as Minister in charge of the environment, urban renewal, disabled people and youth. She is currently a local counselor in Forest and is involved in the Federation of European Green Parties.
Norma Prendergast (Dublin 1968) arrived in Brussels in 1988. As an artist, she has been working on participatory projects in Anderlecht for the past 20 years. In these projects, inspired by the neighbourhood (the streets, the dreams of the neighbours....), the inhabitants are invited to participate in the design of a new house.
L’ÂGE DE LA TORTUE (FR)
L’âge de la tortue designs and manages artistic projects in the fields of visual and performing arts in the context of European cooperation projects.
RENOVAR A MOURARIA (PT)
The Renovar a Mouraria organisation, was created in 2008 by a group of local residents to revitalise the historic district of Mouraria by promoting activities that contribute to the urban and social, cultural and touristic revitalisation of the area.
The Mittendrin organisation is a catalyst in the search for an intercultural and transgenerational urban identity. People are invited to participate in the creative process with artists.
TRÀNSIT is a socio-cultural enterprise which aspires to facilitate access to cultural heritage and sees culture as a process of research and development.
CIFAS – International Training Centre in Performing Arts (BE)
CIFAS is a place of concrete experimentation of the meaning of artistic practice, a resource and training centre for live art in the urban space.
University of Rennes 2 – EUR CAPS (FR)
The University of Rennes 2 is the most important research and higher education centre for arts, letters, languages, human and social sciences and sport in the West of France. The University Research School for Research Creative Approaches to Public Space (CAPS) is a physical and intellectual place of experimentation in research, teaching and action in and for public spaces.
Ariadna is a cultural organisation that contributes to regional cohesion, in particular with an neighbourhood’s youth by through various creative and social research activities.
CITY OF RENNES — CULTURAL SERVICE
The City of Rennes is the capital of the department of Ille-et-Vilaine and of Brittany (France). The City of Rennes has, for several years, been developing a strong policy of supporting cultural projects as well as protecting and promoting tangible and intangible heritage. Thus, it is recognised nationally for its commitment to supporting cultural stakeholder’s projects.
CREA — Centre for audiovisual studies and resources
CREA is a general service for the University of Rennes 2 where multimedia documents are produced for training purposes or for the promotion of research, as in-house productions or in co-production.es documents multimédia destinés à la formation ou à la valorisation de la recherche, en production propre ou en co-production.
Within the framework of the European cooperation project Secondary Residence, coordinated by L'âge de la tortue and co-financed by the European Commission (Erasmus+ programme).