Klaxon

Klaxon

Online journal dedicated to the living arts in public spaces
 

Published by CIFAS, in collaboration with IN SITU, a European network dedicated to artistic creation in the public space, KLAXON publishes two issues per year, in French and English, in PDF, Kindle and e-Book formats.

Publishing director: Benoit Vreux.
Editor in chief: Pascal Le Brun-Cordier.
Editorial Secretary: Céline Estenne.

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Klaxon reflects CIFAS' interest for "living" artistic intervention in the public space, an interest that has taken the form of several urban practice workshops, as well as thematic meetings and workshops within the Urban Academy on Art and the City, extended since 2014 to a series of living artworks presented in the public space under the banner SIGNAL.

New number: Klaxon 13
Taking Action with the Living

How can creation in public space transform not only our representations of the living, but situations, not only our imaginations but the real? In what formats and with what results? Complementing the previous issue, this 13th opus of Klaxon tackles artivist creation aiming at transforming the world by supporting the living.

After laying down five milestones around the history of art action that ravages and revives the living, from Joseph Beuys to iconoclastic debunking, via Reclaim the streets, the Yes Men and Thierry Boutonnier, this issue presents a powerful text that resembles a manifesto by John Jordan and Isabelle Fremeaux, founder of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, focused on the search for an extractivist art to be urgently eradicated in favour of an art of reciprocity and a culture of rebellion. There is no doubt that this electrifying article, illustrated with inspiring examples, will provoke lively debate and accelerate awareness of the meaning of artistic action in times of climate catastrophe.
The following text, "To Act As If We Were Already Free", echoes it. Its author, performance artist Christophe Meierhans, has joined Extinction Rebellion Belgium. He presents his commitment to civil disobedience as a personal challenge, but also as a tangible and direct response to the loss of confidence in the stability of a world that suddenly seems to be falling asunder.
In an interview with Pascal Le Brun-Cordier, Lauranne Germond, founder of COAL Art and Ecology, proposes a fascinating exploration of these new territories of art where aesthetic practices, living studies, ecological activism, individual and collective experimentation, design or ancestral know-how are intertwined.
This issue closes with a rich conversation between the writer Camille de Toledo and Sébastien Thiéry, researcher, author and founder of PERU, Pôle d'Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, where a singular way to think about architecture takes shape, about the city and politics, as well as a certain savoir-faire of how to take action — in order to invent a politics of hospitalities and to expand within the territory the scope of that which we could say ‘yes’ to today.


 

 

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Klaxon n°13

Taking Action with the Living

How can creation in public space transform not only our representations of the living, but situations, not only our imaginations but the real? In what formats and with what results? Complementing the previous issue, this 13th opus of Klaxon tackles artivist creation aiming at transforming the world by supporting the living.

Sommaire :

Klaxon n°12

Reconfiguring the Imaginaries of the Living

Because the imaginary is not "a smoke or a sweet dream" but "what bridges the action" (Damasio), because it is urgent to reconfigure our imaginaries of the living, Klaxon dedicates this issue to artists concerned with working on the "recomposition of the world".

Sommaire : Julie Bordenave (FR), Evelyne Coussens (NL), Pascal Le Brun-Cordier (FR), Marielle Macé (FR), Alessandro Pignocchi (FR), Élisabeth Simonet (FR), Jean-Sébastien Steil (FR), Marine Thévenet (FR), Benoit Vreux (BE), Nina Vurdelja (RS), Estelle Zhong Mengual (FR)

Klaxon n°11

Artists Creating Urbanity

By claiming to have a plural approach to urban spaces, artists stand out from the approaches deployed by professionals who are traditionally in charge of transforming the built environment, whether they are urban planners, engineers or architects. This issue of Klaxon is devoted to what will be called the "factory of urbanity".

Sommaire : Pascal Le Brun-Cordier, Julie Bordenave, Charles Altorffer, Laurent Petit, Céline Estenne, Hanne Lise Thomsen, Sonia Lavadinho, Jana Revedin, Benoit Vreux. Interviews with Jakob Fenger, Tina Saaby, Katrien Verwilt, Jan Goossens and Sofiane Ouissi.

Klaxon n°10

Dissent in the City

Performing art in public space is undeniably consensual, for it operates in shared space. At a time, however, when the institutionally preferred modus vivendi is to claim consensus in order to avoid being challenged, it strikes us as critical that artists not forget the vital role that disagreement, and even conflict, plays in democracy.

Sommaire : Tunde Adefioye (US/BE), Kubra Khademi (AF) by Véronique Danneels (BE), Joanna Warsza (PL) by Emilie Houdent (BE), les gens d’Uterpan (FR) by Jacques André (BE/FR), Mattin (ES) by Joel Stern (AUS), Dries Verhoeven (NL) by Kasia Tórz (PL), Antoine Pickels and Benoit Vreux (BE)

Klaxon n°9

The City, Together

For some years now, we have been witnessing the "singular" resurrection of ideas of sharing, the principles of pooling as well as collective actions and the reinvention of community rules. But, as the American philosopher Judith Butler has underlined, whenever people come together in public space, it is often to demonstrate about the fact that they are being deprived access to it, or that their rights have been flouted or threatened: hence, these gathering are at once an expression of resistance and a sign of vulnerability.

Sommaire : Peggy Pierrot (BE/FR), Festival di Terni - Chiara Organtini / Linda di Pietro (IT), Robin Pourbaix (BE), Leandre D’Souza - Art02 (IN), hello!earth - Carlos Sànchez (ES), Oberliht - Vitalie Sprinceanu (MD), Antoine Pickels / Benoit Vreux (BE).

Klaxon n°8

The Augmented City

Nowadays, public space is no longer limited to streets, squares, or even “public” buildings, but also comprises the Web, digital exchanges, as well as technological prostheses that steer and find us. Klaxon’s 8th edition zeroes in on this proximity between the digital world and the physical world—specifically in the urban sphere.

Sommaire : Olivier Razac / Blast Theory (by Mary Brennan) / Dustin Harvey and Adrienne Wong / Ici-Même [Paris] (by Samantha Maurin) / Teatri Oda at Pristina (by Rron Gjinovci) / Digital Arts in Slovakia (by Ivana Rusnakova) / Antoine Pickels and Benoit Vreux

Klaxon n°7

Between Care and Terror

Confronted with terror, what can art do? “Care” was one of the options explored, here by Joan Tronto. This issue also echoes artistic approaches that focus on interactive forms in society in the interest of the other, integrating the notion of care—without yielding to sentimentality in any form.

 
 

Sommaire : Joan Tronto / Zina (by Myriam Sahraoui) / Elvira Santamaria Torres / Anna Rispoli (by Martina Angelotti) / Selma and Sofiane Ouissi (by Ophélie Naessens) / Tne PLACCC events in Budapest (by Andrea Ràdai) / Antoine Pickels and Benoit Vreux.

Klaxon n°6

For an Inclusive City

This sixth issue of Klaxon continues in a similar dynamic vein to our previous issue, which was also devoted to the theme of social justice. We would now like to introduce you to new forms of thinking on or artistic practices aiming to restore public space/s to bodies usually relegated to the margins: here, we will focus on experiences by women, by Roma, by young people and immigrants, by the homeless and the sick, by transgender people. 

 

Sommaire : Rachele Borghi / Agata Siwiak / val smith / Fiona Whelan (par/by Gerry Kearns) / Habitants des images (par/by Emmanuelle Nizou), Diana Damian / Antoine Pickels et/and Benoit Vreux.

Klaxon n°5

Towards a Fairer City

In this fifth issue, we question the place of the excluded body in city neighbourhoods, those alienated bodies rejected by cultural or social practices due to their perceived strangeness and difference.

Sommaire : Saskia Sassen / Lois Keidan / Rosana Cade / Edi Muka / Diane Fourdrignier / Jay Pather

Klaxon n°4

The City is Ours!

In Klaxon 4, we discuss the notion of participation that is to be found more and more in artistic actions in public space. 
 

Sommaire : Roberto Fratini / Roger Bernat / X/tnt / Anne-Cécile Vandalem / Ljud / Festival FiraTarrega

Klaxon n°2

Political City

The second issue of Klaxon observes this particular place where Art in Public Space adjoins or even becomes political activism.

Sommaire : John Jordan / Voina / Public Movement / Joanna Warsza / Steven Cohen / Collectif MANIFESTEMENT

Klaxon n°3

Mapped-out City

Klaxon 3 directly addresses those artistic practices that endeavour to redefine the lines drawn in our cities.

Sommaire : Pauline de la Boulaye / Catherine Jourdan / Échelle inconnue / Grupa Pulska / Dictaphone Group / Adrien Grimmeau

Klaxon n°1

Society City

The first issue of Klaxon focuses on living art in the city from a societal perspective.

Sommaire : Eric Corijn / ANTI Festival / Belluard Bollwerk International / Rajni Shah / Kris Grey / Claudia Bosse / Heike Langsdorf

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  1. Download the epub file
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How to read on a computer running on Windows OS

In order to read an ebook file on your computer, you must have a reading app installed. We recommend Adobe Digital Editions, available for quick and free download. Audio/video medias will not play on Adobe Digital Editions but you can access them online using the alternatives hypertexts.

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions
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How to read on a Mac

In order to read an ebook file on your computer, you must have a reading app installed. We recommend Adobe Digital Editions, available for quick and free download. Audio/video medias will not play on Adobe Digital Editions but you can access them online using the alternatives hypertexts.

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Download the epub file to your computer
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If using OS X 10.9 Mavericks

  1. Download the epub ebook file to your computer
  2. Double click the file to read in iBooks

If using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or older

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Download the epub ebook file to your computer
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In order to read an ebook, you will have to install a software. We recommend the EPUBReader Firefox add-on.

  1. Install Mozilla Firefox
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  3. Download the ebook file in Firefox. It will automatically be opened with EPUBReader
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