META, the Manifest of Europe for Transformation through Art. The name of the project is a programme in itself. Nine years after its creation, the IN SITU network – with its new project, META – intends to develop the idea of a societal function of art and artistic creation in public space while asserting its support in accompanying a humanistic project of contemporary European society.
For this project, IN SITU has brought together 19 partners, 9 of which belong to an inner circle of decision-makers. The network now covers 14 countries in the European Union and has reached out appreciably towards Central Europe.
2011-2016. Nothing less than five years will do to implement the ambitious actions focussing on three main themes: transformation, walking and the art of living together.
Each theme has been placed under the benevolent eye of a personality from the world of the arts or ideas: the philosopher Bernard Stiegler, the producer Bob Wilson and the dramatist and General Manager of Kosice 2013, Zora Jaurova.Each theme offers a different means of exploring the convergence of art and the city: sparking and spectacular for the first; Aristotelian and pedestrian for the second; and harking back to forgotten yet fundamental solidarities for the third, each on a European scale.
2013. META could not fail to reserve a particular place for the European Capitals of Culture – Kosice (Slovakia) and Marseille (France). In 2013, IN SITU will be heavily involved in numerous artistic actions.Creating, sharing, reflecting, confronting, giving meaning – in short, the five actions implemented by META intend to breathe new magic into public space.
An isolated location, a meeting in camera between the members of the network and the artists invited by each member; the aim of this seminar is to help European artists to refine their creation project through artistic discussions in groups of different sizes. In addition to the allocation of writing aid, this is a key instrument for blending the aesthetics and forming a European community of artists.
The city in metamorphosis, on foot, in common provides support for co-productions selected by the network as a whole and corresponding to the themes of the META project.
META will give rise to three large-scale European productions which transform the site on which they are performed. Emblematic of European art in public space and of the network itself, ambitious in artistic terms and with regard to public and media repercussions, they will mark the life of the territories in which they are performed, beginning with the European Capitals of Culture 2013 – Marseille (France) and Kosice (Slovakia).
.Walk in progress
Urban or rural circuit events will explore the relationship between pedestrians and transport, new technologies and urban change. Each partner in the inner circle will select an artist who, after the première in his/her own country, will adapt his/her circuit to the contexts of the European partners. The producer Robert Wilson will act as a mentor in this process.
. Shared cities
The involvement of the inhabitants, conviviality, “know-how-to-party” and marginality: these are the three threads that the artists must endeavour to weave together between the real city, the dream city and the disjointed or scarred city.
Embracing Europe primarily facilitates the circulation throughout Europe of the artists and works supported by the other META actions. This might involve residence aid or translation aid for shows requiring additional work before being performed in a country other than that where they were created
Europeans abroad aims to create bridges with artistic and cultural partners outside Europe in the form of residences or co-productions. Calling on its experience throughout the European territory, the IN SITU network offers its partners and artists the opportunity to enhance their practices by discovering the realities of other continents.
Artists caring for cities during meetings serving as a forum for discussion with personalities from the worlds of ideas, politics, economics and the civil society in general concerning their vision of the modern city. Here are the previous and next meetings:
- Metropolis Laboratory in Copenhagen (DK), 7-9 June 2012 : organized by Kobenhavs Internationale Teater in Copenhagen and the IN SITU network. This symposium put together artists, programmers, architects and city-planners to highlight the "Creative Cities" topic.
- Shared Cities in Kosice (SK), 23-24 May 2013: organized by Kosice 2013 - European Capital of Culture and the IN SITU network. This conference endeavored to understand how, through participatory and inclusive approaches, artists and programmers working in public space succeed in helping citizens reconquer their territory.
- Invisible Walls in Marseilles (FR), 3-4 October 2013: organized by the IN SITU network, Lieux publics, Relais Culture Europe, the British Council and Circostrada. This European Forum will focus the debate on artists and creative experiences in order to provide solutions to the challenges facing contemporary European society.
- Metropolis Laboratory in Copenhagen (DK), June 2014 : organized by Kobenhavs Internationale Teater in Copenhagen and the IN SITU network.
The network has always placed its reflexion between the present and the future. Throughout the META project, the partners will turn their minds to the legacy of the project which has already been sketched out: the creation of a European Foundation for Urban and Environmental Projects, a European Observatory of the Pedestrian City and a Charter for Artistic Intervention in Urban Change signed by local elected representatives throughout the entire network. There are the options to prolong the META activities and initiate new processes within the IN SITU network.
Nine co-organizers, including 3 partners from the new members, are gathered together to implement the META 2011-2016 project. They have a main role in it implementation.
These structures members of the IN SITU network have joined the META 2011-2016 project as Partners : their involvement within the project targets the touring of the creations iniiated by he co-organizers.