Over the fifty years of its existence, its focus on research and experimentation has succeeded in bringing together artists and audiences keen to discover constantly renewed forms of art, exhibitions and cultural outreach activities.
In January 2021, Capc launched its residency programme “Les Furtifs” which takes its name from Alain Damasio's science-fiction novel, in which beings made of flesh and sound consume stone, waste, animals and plants in order to satisfy their incessant hunger and fuel their perpetual metamorphoses. The aim of this project is to turn the rationale behind art residencies - according to which artists are required to conform to predefined format - on its head. “Les Furtifs” residency should be viewed as a flexible programme, both in terms of space and time, which is tailored to the project developed by the artist in residence. Guest artists are invited to develop creative formats that go beyond those of a standard exhibition and intentionally gravitate towards more performative ways of presenting work.
View from exhibition “Candy Floss”, Nave, Capc Musée d'art contemporain. Curator: Cédric Fauq. © Arthur Péquin, 2022
Guest artists are provided with:
- A 45m² apartment/studio located within the Capc, including a separate entrance, kitchenette, bathroom and office space
- Various spaces which can be used in conjunction with the Capc’s team, including metal and wood studios, an auditorium, a meeting room and a library (to name but a few).
- Individual support from Marion Vasseur Raluy, the curator associated with the residency programme who supports artists in the development of their project, both in terms of the thinking behind it and of the tools needed to bring it to fruition.
The residency has no preconceived form or duration, but lasts a maximum of two months. The length of the residency is adapted to the artist's schedule and the nature of the project (varying from short, intense productions to long-term projects, in collaboration with other disciplines or with other partners including musicians, dancers, organisations and school groups).
Artists are invited to participate in the programme by the current curator, in consultation with Sandra Patron, director of the Capc, and Cédric Fauq, chief curator.
CONSIDERATION FOR RESIDENTS' FAMILY LIFE
The Capc hosts, insofar as possible, families, parents and children.
The residency programme may include an event which can take any form the artist wishes. This event can take place at the beginning or end of the residency, or during the following year. The format of the event is to be decided upon in conjunction with the Capc’s team and must take into consideration the museum’s programme of events. It can take a variety of forms, including a conference, performance, show, concert, screening, discussion, workshop and so on.
ACTIVITIES AIMED AT THE PUBLIC
Whilst the artist’s project remains at the forefront of the residency, the aim of the programme is to develop and maintain links with the geographical and historical area in which it takes place. Depending on the project, the artist may be able to pursue exchanges with other artistic (dance, music, theatre) establishments, as well as with those focused on research and the acquisition of knowledge (archives, universities, museums). The artist may also be able to hone in on the social aspect of their project by working with charitable organisations.