ARTOCENE 2021 - INNER FOREST
Festival: Art, Architecture, Environment.
Artocène is a contemporary art festival, taking place in the iconic town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The event brings together international architects and artists to address some themes of the Alpine landscape. Referring to 'Anthropocene', Artocene echoes the age of Art as well as the idea of sharing around art. Between art, architecture and environment, the festival aims to show contemporary creation in a place where nature is omnipresent.
For the first edition of Artocène, the theme of the festival will be the forest. The forest reflects a large part of the issues of today's world while offering a multitude of angles of approach and fascinating stories. For this event, it was chosen to approach the theme of the forest as a fantasy universe.
[Place du Mont-Blanc]
14/08—19/09 everyday from 11 AM to 6 PM
Admission fee: 3€
Place du Mont blanc,
Exhibited for the second time since its conception at the Villa Medici in Rome, the Proto-Habitat is an innovative architectural structure. Reminiscent of Jean Prouvé and his demountable houses, the architects of Wald.City, Flavien Menu & Frédérique Barchelard, are rethinking the way we inhabit the world.
This ecological, nomadic and modular pavilion is transformed here into an ephemeral art center. It will host an exhibition, Inner Forest, presenting a selection of young international artists (Antoine Carbonne, Laetitia de Chocqueuse, Charlotte Gautier Van Tour, Ellande Jaureguiberry, Théo Massoulier).
The forest is a place outside space and time defined by men, a place on the fringes of the city and out of sight. Being initiatory, hostile or protective at the same time, the forest is a sacred space present in many stories. Since ancient times, its elements, and the mystery that emerges from them, have been a source of inspiration for men and artists. Between canopy and earth, roots, moss, stones, plants, fungi and animals, they form a whole system of life. Through smells, sounds and underground connections, these components communicate with each other, help each other and generate life. At the crossroads of the real and the imaginary, the spirit of the forest is embodied both in Liéchi in Slavic culture, and pictured as a deer-god in the Japanese imagination. The forest is often viewed by humans with an anthropomorphic eye, giving trees or stones human characteristics.
The exhibition explores the theme of the dream forest through the eyes of these contemporary artists.
14/08—19/09 everyday 24/24 (outdoor exhibition)
Admission fee: free
84 Chemin de la Tournette,
As part of the Artocene Festival, billboards are painted by the artist Paulina Michnowska. Her colorful and light compositions take up elements from the local flora and fauna, addressing the theme of vegetation from a dreamlike angle.
Paulina Michnowska creates visual allegories, often humorous, rooted in autobiographical anecdotes, historical folklore and the dullness of mundanity. She uses an assortment of images collected from books, photographs, newspaper clippings and ancient sculptural objects, which she selects, edits and merges in a language of her own. The artist uses a wide range of media which includes drawing, painting, ceramics and collage. Her main interest lies in the process itself, where she can physically explore different materials and their unique characteristics.
There is another sky
14/08—18/09 from Tuesday to Saturday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission fee: free
Mediathèque de Chamonix,
Route de la Patinoire,
There is another sky presents a selection of paintings by artist Ariele Bacchetti. Reflecting Emily Disckinson's poem of the same title, the paintings depict lush vegetation. Devoid of any human presence, these dark landscapes look like indefinite spaces, where time stopped somewhere between day and night. The confusion of time like the confusion of forms - between plants and animals - is omnipresent. Through an atmosphere that is both reassuring and distressing, the exhibition reveals the strange side of the forest.
To the full program of event HERE