Festival of emergent digital cultures
Transnumériques has been focusing on new digital talents since 2005. Initiated by Transcultures Center for digital and sound cultures under the artistic direction of Philippe Franck, Transnumériques remains one of the last events in the context of Mons2015, European Capital of Culture. In this time of a hyperspectacle society, a new crisis of culture and globalizing conformism, we aim at providing an “alternative platform” both singular and plural, open and committed to the diversity of new hybrid art practices in creative and accelerated technological change, particularly on today’s young talents who will be the spearhead of the writings and digital scenes of tomorrow.
Closely combining meditation and creation but also awareness of these technoartistic forms in connection with social issues, Transnumériques # 5 opens in Mons, Friday, November 27th with a big meeting at Mundaneum, From Digital to Culture, held after a conference by French sociologist Jean-Paul Fourmentraux. Managers from cultural, digital, scientific, economic and European structures will question the current place of digital arts and cultures in the creative industries. They will also deal with the crossover of Arts and Sciences and the proliferation of collaborative networks.These meetings and round tables take place in the educational exhibition Mapping knowledge (understanding the world through the data) of which Transcultures is a partner.
Then the new digital talents exhibition brings together co-produced or co-structured works with Belgian and foreign partners (Rhizome and La Chambre Blanche for Quebec; Vidéoformes, Databaz and La Quinzaine des Arts du Futur for France; Numédiart and Videographies for Belgium) and a selection of projects by students of art schools Arts2 and Villa Arson (Nice), also supported by Transcultures.
With Transdemo on November 28th, Transnumériques offers a platform of visibility for hybrid artists and performances “in progress” and invites professionals and the public to meet and give feedback.
Presentations/interventions entitled “Digital New Talents” (Philippe Baudelot / France, Alice Jarry / Quebec) are organized with Mons visual art school Arts2. A series of videoconferences ArtComTec are organized at Café Europa (Mons2015 digital meeting point which also presents artists’ projects in the multimedia device “La Ruche” from Ars Electronica) with philosophers (Derrick de Kerkhove), critics and pioneer artists of digital relationship (Maurice Benayoum, Oga Kisselva, Gilbertto Prado).
Transnumériques ends up on December 12th, along with Mons2015, European Capital of Culture. The closing event screens City Lights, a large mapping onto the 12 windows of the facade of the building Polytech University of Mons. For this purpose, digital artists have been asked to participate.
Transnumériques @ Mons2015 offers a multi vision of young artists committed to societal, technological and cultural changes.
Philippe Franck, artistic director
- Manège de Sury : 1 Rue des Droits de L’Homme, Mons
- Mundaneum : 76 rue Nimy, Mons
- Café Europa : 4a rue des Sœurs noires (court), Mons
- Arts2 : 4a rue des Sœurs noires, Mons
- Fabrique des Singes : 27 Rue de la Coupe, Mons
- Médiathèque de Mons : 23-31 Rue de la Seuwe, Mons
- Polytech/Umons : 9 Rue de Houdain, Mons
- Organisation-production : Transcultures
- Co-production : Mons 2015 Foundation and the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (arts numériques), WBI, the Québec Delegation.
- With the collaboration of IDEA, Mundaneum, Videoformes, Vidéographies, Rhizome, La Chambre Blanche, La Quinzaine des Arts du Futur, ARTour, Arts2, ENSA Villa Arson, Saint-Luc Bruxelles, TWIST.