“Art for an urban re-evolution”, the second edition of Evento Festival promises a new perspective on the city, giving artists and thinkers the opportunity to help reinvent Bordeaux. Taking “the city” as its theme, Evento is the brainchild of Italian philosopher and humanist Michelangelo Pistolett, who believes that art is at the hub of social and urban change. Running until October 16th, the festival highlights international, contemporary, and multidisciplinary creations. Set design, ecology, politics, dance, geography, botany and philosophy all have a place in this wild freewheeling urban bazaar.
Take part in the event by photographing anything you see that symbolizes art for an ‘urban re-evolution.’ As you travel through the city, download the photo with a caption explaining your approach.
Bordeaux School of Architecture and Civic City explore the psycho-geographic mapping of the Grand Parc neighbourhood, hosting a series of actions, workshops and concerts organized by Sound ResRes, and Mobile City Internet game missions. Expect to find yourself in the midst of collective experiments with urban games, performances, ‘encounters’, concerts, installations and exhibitions taking over the city’s public space and museums, offering visitors fresh and unusual ways to experience Bordeaux.
Invited artists William Kentridge, Yael Bartana, Arthur Zmijewski examine the historical, artistic and urban upheavals in Bordeaux through the exhibitions in the “Roots” project, while French collective eXYZt occupy the central hall of the Capucins covered market in an Evolving Theatre, to extend the uses of this covered street with research into an urban micro-ecosystem. Jeanne Van Heeswijk and the collective “de la Halle des Douves” promise to reveal the relations between the political, social and cultural players of the Saint-Michel neighborhood, in ‘”The Great Unpacking of Associative Life.”
The festival combines temporary architecture and urbanism with relational art, to create new spaces and alliances between citizens, artists, cultural figures and visitors in a free event designed for all to share.