Have been following the Hybrid City discussion and have been
surprised at the interesting ideas circulating. Clearly just the
Next week IMERA, the Mediterranean institute for Advanced Studies
will be announcing its next call for residencies for art- science projects
and we will reserving some residencies for a collaboration with
the Marseille 2013 European City of Culture.
In the next few weeks a team of 'artist- hikers' will be laying out
a new hiking trail that will take 11 days to walk from Arles to
Marseille to Toulon to Aix. The trail will go through some of the
most beautiful natural sites in the region, but also some of the
most urbanised and industrialised. Public right of way will
The idea is to develop site specific art works resulting from
art-science collaborations that can be 'associated' with particular
parts of the trail- either through physical installations or through
virtual locative media works, or any other way that to create
'sense of place' for hikers that are hiking the trail. In a sense these
projects are in the spirit of our Hybrid City Discussion.
The deadline for proposals will be Jan 31 for residencies
for late 2011 or 2012.
In 2012 Marseille is hosting the world water summit=so projects
that tie to this will be also of interest.
Here is the call= it will go up on the imera web site
shortly, but I am happy to respond to inquiries or ideas
Call for projects
IMéRA / Marseille-Provence ECOC 2013
In a partnership Marseille Provence 2013 and IMéRA will welcome an
artist in residence in 2011/12 to work on a project specifically
conceived to complete the «GR 13 Hiking Trail project».
The «Hiking Trail project» will be a key project in the Marseille
European Capital of Culture 2013, which aims to promote awareness of
its large territory – from Arles to Toulon, Aix to Marseille, a large,
contrasted territory, between seashore and industry, the delta of the
Rhône river and dramatic hills in a largely urbanized land.
The Hiking Trail Project consists in the creation of a trail between
Arles and Toulon for a 12-day travel on foot, crossing natural and
urbanized, preserved and industrialized places. The trail will be
co-drawn by several artists-walkers, the path marking, the guidebooks
(and hopefully smartphone applications) will be objects of artistic
The first aim of this project is to invite people to discover
physically the places where they live, to "travel here"; while
offering new esthetics of "place" (beyond wilderness romanticism) ;
to explore the meaning of this contemporary art practice of walking,
in relationship with contemporary social, political and environmental
Crossing all the Bouches-du-Rhône department, this trail will also
allow inhabitants and visitors to to experiment the highly contrasted
places of varied ecosystems, most transformed by man – and to become
more aware of the interaction of land use and the changing natural
The proposed artistic project must:
• Be centered on the Territory Issue, in a «Sense of Place» approach
(aiming to a better awareness of inhabitants and visitors about the
places they are or live in).
• Deal with the art/science general issues (the sciences dealing with
places can be for example: geology, oceanology, ecology, forestry,
microbiology, climatology, but also engineering sciences, etc.) The
art project must involve collaboration with local scientists ( social
or physical sciences or research engineers).
We expect from the artist a short concept note (2 pages maximum), with
no calendar, no budget. Proposers must complete the IMERA application
The artist will work with local researchers in order to complete the
conception and realization of his project. IMERA will help identify
interested local scientists and establish required collaborations.
All forms of artistic expression can be considered as long as walkers
on the trail can in some way have access to the artwork.
We will be particularly interested in projects dealing with such themes as:
● Water Issues (Marseilles will host in 2012 the Word Water Forum),
● Sustainable Cities.
● Internet projects and Locative Media Projects (linked with eg GPS
● «Open Observatory» issues like how to develop public access to,
understanding, and even production of new scientific data. People's
Science Projects are encouraged.
● Other topics that relate to the region and the visible and invisible
processes, social and physical, that shape it.
● Deadline for Concept notes: 30 January 2011
● Decision of the IméRA and MRS 2013 : Juin 2011
● Residence period: 1st September 2011 - 2012
● Realization of the project by MRS 2013: 2011 -2012
The Hiking Trail project, a key project in the Marseille Provence
European Capital of Culture 2013
In 2013, Marseilles Provence will be the European Capital of Culture:
a great number of cultural events will happen in the city, for an
international audience that is expected to gather several millions of
people. One of the specificities of this Marseilles Provence ECOC is
its territory – from Arles to Toulon, a large, contrasted territory,
between seashore and industry, the delta of the Rhône river and
dramatic hills in a largely urbanized land.
The Hiking Trail project answers an important aim of MP2013 to "put
the territory of Marseilles Provence ECOC 2013 at the heart of the
artistic programming". The Hiking Trail Project consists in the
creation of a trail between Arles and Toulon for a 6-day travel on
foot crossing natural and urbanized, preserved and industrialized
places. Crossing all the Bouches-du-Rhône department, this trail will
allow inhabitants and visitors to experiment the highly contrasted
places of varied ecosystems, most transformed by man – and to meditate
on land uses.
Hiking as a social practice was born with the development of train and
car, at the beginning of the 20th century. Marseilles was one of the
leading places of that hiking movement, since one of the first
European societies of hikers was founded in Marseilles in 1896
("Société des excursionnistes de Marseille"). These people organized
in 1906 the first French environmental protest to save a wild calanque
(Port-Miou) against the quarry project of the chemical industrial
The aim of this project is to invite people to discover physically the
places where they live, to go for a "travel here"; while offering new
esthetics of "natural spaces" (beyond the wilderness romanticism) ; to
explore the meaning of this contemporary art practice of walking, in
relationship with contemporary social, political and environmental
The trail will be co-drawn by several artists-walkers, the path
marking, the guidebooks and the smartphone applications will be
objects of artistic commissions.
The Hiking Trail Project aims to be at the crossroad of several
• put the territory at the heart of the artistic programming of
Marseilles ECOC 2013
• promote and export the specific Marseilles stage of "artists walkers"
• have an impact on social practices of the place
• draw important contemporary issues on land uses
• reinforce a sense of the "natural infrastructure" of our cities and
• promote new representations of the places around (photography)
• 2010 : drawing of the trail
• 2011-2012 : realization of the trail and of the guidebooks, path
marking (artistic commisions), website and eg Smartphone applications
.2013 : Opening of the 2013 Hiking Trail and events during the year
more details at www.imera.fr
I am in France
33 (0) 6 80 45 94 47
Roger Malina is Director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence
and Executive Editor of the Leonardo Publications at MIT Press
and member of the steering committee of IMERA the Mediterranean
Institute for Advanced Studies.
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