Valérie de Saint-Do – On the rails again…

Un mois passé d’une aventure qu’il est temps de partager. Tant ces « Mécanismes pour une entente» initiés par deux plasticiens bordelais, Marta Jonville et Tomas Matauko, en Europe centrale, me semblent correspondre aux débats qui ont agité ma vie professionnelle depuis 15 ans, entre journalisme, art et politique, et que je vis, en direct, depuis Plaveč, petite bourgade slovaque à deux pas de la frontière polonaise. Il a mis du temps à naître, ce pseudo-carnet de bord, dans l’excitation du mouvement, et l’urgence de tenir ma place dans le projet.

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Cooking for an entente

Alexis Emery-Dufoug : Tutorial Chlodnik (Poland)
Seydou Grépinet : Tutorial Ma mia (Basque Country)
Nils Clouzeau : Tutorial Bryndzové Halušky (Slovakia)

Mario Varga and Paul Maquaire – Exhibition at the train station of Plaveč

Poster Mario Varga - Paul Maquaire
Valérie de Saint-Do – The Native of Plaveč

You won’t walk for long in Plaveč before noticing Mario Varga, always dressed in black, with his long-dark hair and his look of hard rock musician. And often, you will see him alone, quietly sitting and drawing everything around, using mostly coasters as basic material. He draws quickly, extremely precisely, and almost obsessively, on the same subject : Native Americans.
It was not always his topic. He used to draw at first about football players, then about soldiers, guns and weapons. Her sister, an amateur artist, helped him at first and gave him skills. Then he discovered Native Americans from books, among them the story of Wounded Knee. He became particularly interested by tribes living in the forests and by natives from Dakota (Lakotas, Dakotas and Nakotas/Sioux).
He likes their way of life, their culture, their tribal dances, their ways of hunting.
His collection of drawings is quite impressive, showing an deep knowledge and intensive work of documentation. Traditional clothes, weapons, feathered crowns, buffalos, horses, well-known warriors, everything is extremely precise, with sharp lines and a subtile attention to details.
An exhibition of his drawings in Bratislava, in July 2002, was a great success. He diden’t show his works since, but this summer Lujza and Bea have prepared a group exhibition of Mario Varga and Paul Maquaire which involves some collaborative pieces they have worked on together during our stay here.

„1968 – Two Revolutions”

Lecture by Sylvia & Gérard Jonville about situation in France and Slovakia during the last sixties. Listen to the lecture here

Barbara Nawrocka, Julie Chovin, Beáta Kolbašovská, Jakub Pišek, Małgorzata M. Dudek
Postcard #2

The next chapter of a postcard story. Sent from Romania, it stops at each place that we visit. Participants of the project addresses the postcard to each other. On the one side there is a collage of pictures we find during our travel. Like an illustration of our travel and the several trials of uniting us.

postcard - Photo Małgorzata M. Dudek postcard - Photo Małgorzata M. Dudek

Beáta Kolbašovská – Map of the falls

Be carefull in Plaveč, there are some really dangerous places…Map of the falls presents some participants of the workshop and theirs cross and position of fallings. When the darkness comes you can choose your favorite place for falling, there are many in Plaveč. The name of this place in east-slovakian dialect is ¨šaňec¨, which is special word for Šariš and Zemplin region. The word ¨šaňec¨ means the ditch and it´s a foreign word.
Beáta Kolbašovská - Map of falls in Plaveč

Julie Chovin – Fences from Plaveč

Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč
Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč
Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč
Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč Julie Chovin - Fence from Plaveč

Agata Dutkowska – Tools

Agata Dutkowska - Photo Julie Chovin Click on the image to enlarge them and read :
Agata Dutkowska - Photo Julie Chovin
Agata Dutkowska - photo Julie Chovin

Tomas Matauko – Maps and work documentations

Click on the images to enlarge them and travel on them :

Map - Plaveč <> Muszyna - Photo Julie Chovin Map - Plaveč <> Muszyna - Bucharest <>Warsaw - Photo Julie Chovin Map - Photo Julie Chovin Map (Romania) - Photo Julie Chovin

Collective : mind-mapping for an utopia

After the presentation of the work-in-progress on Monday, László Milutinovits wrote on paper sheets each project/proposal of each participants. The day after, a small group of participant tried to „map” the proposals and find connections and issues.
Click on the images to enlarge them and read the texts :

László Milutinovits proposalLászló Milutinovits 's proposal Mathieu Lericqs proposalMathieu Lericq's proposal Roman Dziadkiewiczs proposalRoman Dziadkiewicz's proposal
Topics Warszawa Trans... Work in Progess Building a box - Paul Building a wagon - Cristina Dinner by Nils Collective Practices - Agatha
Maps & Lines - Tomas Train Line - Rsy Peak - Alexis Crossing the "Bridge" Narrow Road on the Poprad Flat World - Simon & Cristina Railway Graffities - Lazlo Poetry Mechanism for Dissonance - Alexis
Train Sound Art Partitute of Heartbeat PLay the car > Play the train - Julie play train - Judit deadline kino wagon Dear Freddy Culture and Identity
Stencils - Lazlo My Statstic - Cristina Revolution in Romania - Cristina Dance of the dead - Cristina Stara Lubovna - Lazlo Bardezov City Game - Lalzo Conditions of artist in Europe - Marta Economy in Art - Marta
How this project was born ? - Marta Interview about present problems in past - Bea and Luzja 'Our' project - Luzya My family - Marta History and Social Issues - Lazlo Our Roots - Julie Potential - Polarities - Paradox The beautiful world of sociology - Thomas

Cristina David – Build a little wagon

Presentation day

Each participant was invited to present his projects, proposals and work in progress. The process took all day long, on the 12th of august, from 10am to 8 pm.

You can listen to the presentations by clicking on the name on the list:
Agata Dutkowska// sociologist
Alexis Emery-Dufoug // intern
Beáta Kolbašovská // artist
Cristina David // artist
Julie Chovin // artist
László Milutinovits// historian
Marta Jonville // artist
Mathieu Lericq // film curator
Nils Clouzeau // artist
Paul Maquaire // intern
Roman Dziadkiewicz // artist
Seydou Grépinet // Vidéaste
Simon Quéhéilard // artist
Thomas Desmaison // sociologist
Tomas Matauko // artist
Valérie de Saint Do // Journalist

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