NOMADE AU LAC DE NEUCHÂTEL
The Laboratoire Village Nomade is a place for artistic, cultural and social activities. We invite artists to live and work with us with the purpose of promoting creative exchange in a communitarian context.
These occasions are seen as cultural encounters through common and individual works.
The natural site of La Corbière offers a place for out of studio practice, an opportunity that encourages experimental research. The whole project functions fluidly as a nomadic village, changing constantly according to the projects and people participating.
We invite international institutions and individual artists, supporting their artworks as well as producing our own works such as movies, installations, music, audio plays and photo-books. During the year we organize several art projects and public events to create a more direct and intimate exchange.
Ayako Mogi, Marion Neumann, Isamu Krieger and Werner Penzel form the jourparjour cie which is responsible for the place and all activities happening here.
7 Month Culture Lab
|La Corbière consists of:
· 530 sq m living, working
and dining area
· 2100sq m forested
· pastures vegetable
and fruit gardens
· a forested Natural
Reserve with beach-cottage and private beach
accessable by stairway or boat
a place for the unknown
Putting ourselves into an unknown situation makes us fearful but it
also gives us power. The Unknown stimulates our curiosity and encourages
us to expand our experience of life. Nevertheless, we are frightened
and cautious so we usually try and avoid any kind of unknown situation.
But if we just follow our accustomed plans and our own fixed rules
we often miss many chances to feel the world’s reality. And
so we become bored, or even sick in both mind and body. This seems
to be a very common situation in our society.
But, in truth, even our everyday lives are full of the unknown.
All creatures live in this unknown mother ocean, so why should we
not accept it for ourselves? Since there is no way out, we might as
well be positive about it. But positive acceptance of the unknown
takes energy and a strong mind. The human mind is a complex and chaotic
ruin: full of cracked walls and heaps of dust. Cleaning up this house
requires continuous practice.
Laboratoire village nomade is a place to think about our situation
and engage in a dialogue: through art, by living in close contact
with nature, by listening without preconceptions, by having a conversation
with the unexpected, by accepting the differences between each individual
and learning to take all this as an inspiration, by living together
in a flexible way. There are many ways we can practice. We welcome
people from all over the world to come to this meeting point and take
part in this experiment.
We want to open our windows.
We all need a lot of fresh air.
How to listen ?
Why do we strive for individuality and act as though we were independent
when in truth we are all connected and interdependent?
How can we liberate contemporary art and life from being stuck between
business, event and entertainment?
What does courage mean today?
What is human? What is possible?
Board of Organizers
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The Board of Organizers of Laboratiore
Village Nomade is comprised of:
Ayako Mogi, 1969, photographer/filmmaker from Tokyo, Japan
1977, filmmaker from Munich, Germany
Res Balzli, 1952, filmproducer
and hotelier from Bulle, Switzerland
1974, artist from Geneva, Switzerland
Werner Penzel, 1950 filmmaker from Munich, Germany
|Ephemeral and Unique
A series of lucky events...
A family of mongolian nomads lost a horse.
What bad luck!
Three days later it came back with a new friend, a wildhorse.
The son tried to tame it and fell and broke a leg.
What bad luck!
Three days later the army arrived in the yurte. They recruited all
the young men for war except those with a broken leg.
A series of lucky events have paved the way for the Stiftung „Wunderland“/Fondation
„Pays des Merveilles“ to acquire the property La Corbière
on 01. 01 2006. A long series of less fortunate events led to the
fact that the former country home of the Duchess of Pourtalès,
then Horticultural School for well-off young ladies and later boarding
school for young catholic men, remained empty for 10 years.
Could I allow a new chapter in the difficult history of this house
to be written by allowing a permanent living quarters to be accomodated
in these same walls? I believe a pause is necessary, so that a second
chapter can be written in this place.
What is more fitting than Art? Art is to harness coincidence, to
square the circle, or to put it simpler, to piss in the corner in
a round room. This we could try! The fascination of this attempt,
la Corbiére village nomade, is its impermanence
and its uniqueness. It combines the self-interest of those involved
with the non-profit exchange with others from outside.
Res Balzli, Stiftung Wunderland/ Fondation Pays des Merveilles
|as I see it:
One comes from somewhere and wants to go somewhere and one cannot
hide the fact that the conditions in which one is at the moment
are confusing almost forest –like. One is lost, a feeling
that is normal nowadays. One starts to look for a way out.
Now there is the possibility to look for the source, for one’s
true self, for the point where one began to take the wrong track.
The danger: one looses oneself backwards or inside.
Then there is the possiblity to march straight ahead to reach where
one thought one belongs – growth, progress. The danger: one
looses oneself forwards or outside.
The third possiblity : to settle down at the place where one is
lost at the moment without caring about the source or the goal,
to make a clearing. Clearing: the liveable temporary arrangement,
living in aberrations, the triumph of beginning at the place, here
and now, a free spot with a view to the heavens , surrounded by
the forest of civilisation but which is kept at a distance.
The tranquility of keeping ones distance is based on the premise
that history in general does not aim for any goal which will be
reached in the imminent future. History is no journey which one
takes like a train trip where one could miss the connection. History
is always there, at every moment it is on target. And as far as
the long-term plans and projects are concerned one must always be
prepared that things will turn out differently than planned. In
the undergrowth of stories there is no plan that can‘t be
changed. History is the result of numerous single intentions which
cross each other, twist around, and distract. Therefore one can
only take action in a struggle with limited prospects, a mixture
of coincidences, compromises, madness, cleverness and habit. Instead
of making history, Mankind is tangled up in stories and reacts to
them so that new stories emerge. History is a bundle of stories
and therefore notoriously complicated. To make a clearing here means,
finding ones own story within the mass of stories, holding on energetically
and letting the threads weave in your consciousness so that one‘s
own story will get entwined in the tangle of stories and vanish
in the end.
In Safranski Klammer (aus „Wieviel Globalisierung verträgt der
Mensch?“, erschienen im Hanser Verlag)
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