1st workshop / CENTQUATRE, Paris
From 5th to 11th January 2009: first period of training organized at CENTQUATRE

2nd workshop / PACT Zollverein, Essen
From 27th May to 1st June: second period of training organized at PACT Zollverein

3rd workshop / CalArts, Valencia
From 11th to 17th October: third period of training organized at CalArts

Paris / Essen / Los Angeles

Offered jointly by CENTQUATRE (Paris) and PACT Zollverein (Essen), the program Feldstärke International provides the opportunity to arts students from all disciplines (design, dance, cinema, circus arts, landscape art, visual and plastic arts, music, video, theatre, numeric arts), to work in closer collaboration.
The program is hosted for one week at each of the partners’ venues: at CENTQUATRE, at PACT Zollverein and finally at a third partner’s venue, which changes every year. For its first year, Feldstärke International invited the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Los Angeles to join the program. Thus, Feldstärke International 2009 brought together 49 students: 20 from German schools, 18 from French schools and 10 from CalArts.

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The program Feldstärke International takes place in the Artention France-Nordrhein-Westfalen 2008/2009 season, with the support of Nordrhein-Westfalen's Land. It is supported by the Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse (Ofaj) and the Holiday Inn Express*** Paris-Canal de la Villette. In Los Angeles, the project was supported by the Goethe Institut-Los Angeles, as well as the Cultural Services of the French and the German Consulates in Los Angeles by means of the French-German Fund.

Wednesday, January 21

Saturday, January 10










Thursday, January 8

Head, by Tim

This is a song.

Day ???, pace is rising...

Hello world,
Here are some late news from very full, not clear but determined heads. Time and space perception is changing, quantity of done things is growing, and quantity of things to do even more.
The Number helps for colors The Number helps for dissections The Number helps for books The Number helps for busses The Number helps for routes The Number helps for travels The Number helps for videos The Number helps for sleeping......
Aleigh, Valerie, Clarence, Antonin and Etienne.

BEAT 104

I was just thinking about catching the rythm of the 104, beating 104 on a metronom.
The beat of jam session in the Marché Riquet, catching energies, the rythm of a place.
Kicking in reality, drift frequency. Scott wants to put a radio outside of the 104.
It's all about links, vibrators,transducers taking temperature of an already boiling situation, performance situation.
A TV monitor, slow motions of dancers.
Headphones. Discovering the true waves, low frequency of one's music (David Zerbib).
Catch the experience.

Sun and cold, not bad, few times in circles turned and words lost - not regained. Therefore it is like it is, and it becomes better.

Totally Secret Thursday

What a day!!! We shoot video and took picture for 5 hours at a secret beautiful building!

There, we truly feel as if we have travelled back on time. The architecture strongly inspires us and we enjoy being there. Here is some documentation of our fun.

Polina, Mai and Julia (and certainly Daniel)

Fighting cold

Idea n°1, so you can get warmer.
(It work better if you're angry about yourself)
I think we should share tricks about the cold problem.

Wednesday 8th - A threat in the air.

"Damn..." she said. And she was quite right about it.
"Damn too " I said, but I was too late.
Things are happening, danger is crossing the walls, a threat is knocking at concrete, looking for a way to extend itself through our lines.
"Damn..." she said, and I realise she has a really good timing for her "Damn". Anyway, there was these red-head things, pretty small, and we couldn't say if they were actually moving. They had burn this bike in like an hour or less, like a swarm of ants. So what is it all about ? Are these thing multiplying ? Are we surrounded by them, what are they about to do ? Get rid of the whole place ? Do they choose their victims ?

I guess after a large consideration of "what danger could actually be dangerous for the site", we came to some sort of "what could be dangerous to us ?" to some kind of "what danger ?" to something like "why are you laughing ?" to, finally, "I like your smile, let's make some more". I guess some of us are taking risks. For real. I can say : there is still blood on our table and one of my fellow partners is blind since we've made a bottle explode. Risks, you know. Some of us are having joke about it, and it makes me wonder that humour, in somehow, is frequently based on fear. Isn't buster Keaton so funny and scary at the same time ? Are we not making our worst joke when we feel some tension in the air ? That's the deepest thought I could find for now but the girls in my team are going to do something about it. Damn.

For now, watch your steps, you could get burn.

And please,
try to warn the security guards if you see more of these red-heads stuffs walking around.


trying to sense the rythm of the neighbourhood of 104 we did some try outs during the last days:

Rythm 1

Rythm 2

Rythm 3

Nice to meet you.
Actually...you know...very good

Et que ce se passerait-il si deux saxophonistes (Julien et Yoann) et une graphiste (Cléa) faisaient...
Et que se passerait-il si nous changions les codes d'une image? d'un son? 
Et que se passerait-il si nous déplacions un morceau du code du son ou de l'image A dans un son ou une image  B? Et si nous mixions A et B?

Hasard, hasard.....
ET quand le hasard fait bien les choses...


Nice to meet you

Wednesday, January 7

prepping our film

Instead of exploring the close neighbourhood of 104, parts of group 7 experienced other areas of the 19th arrondissement and found awesome locations for their upcoming film project. Furthermore, we all enjoyed very much the cold but also very sunny weather. tmrw we will finally and hopefully shoot the rest of our movie and start to edit it.
Was a good day!

GROUP 3 in coupé-décalé

We decided to consider the word and concept "coupé-décalé", corresponding to style african music which appeared in 2003, as an artistical-poetical concep to produce texts, sounds, objects etc.
décaler : to bring forward
to put / move back
to move something forward
to move something back
shift forward
bring forward (it's still back and forward, rewind like in a slow motion
shift back
put back

Coupé-décalé is also a section of rythm
using drumsticks

it's sex and money

Day 3_Group 6

abandoned christmas trees from Simon Rouby on Vimeo.
Wondering around for Abandoned christmas trees. Also found abandoned people. Minus 10 celsius.

group 4

works with shadows...

mission La Louptière Thénard

A l'attention de la commune de La Louptière Thénard la note d'aujourd'hui est en français.

Aujourd'hui; notre recherche du chiffre 104 nous a mené à la rencontre du code postal 10400.
10400? Ou le nom de code du village de La Louptière Thénard (Aube).
Notre voyage fera l'objet d'un road-movie à travers la campagne enneigée, de Paris à La Louptière via la gare de Nogent-sur-Seine, avec quelques détours imprévus...
Chaque détour, même imprévu, est l'occasion d'une rencontre : c'est exactement ce que nous cherchions dans cette "Aventure": LE HASARD COMME REGLE, la règle du hasard.

Nous avions toutefois un but: conclure un partenariat "entre le 104 à Paris et le 10400 dans l'Aube".
C'est maintenant chose faite: Monsieur le Maire a accepté le titre de Parrain symbolique de cet échange "chiffresque".
Merci à lui !!

Today's note was in French to be understood by the inhabitants of La Louptière Thénard, a village in Aube that we have just discovered.
Our research of the Number 104 made us meet the postal code "10400" which is the one of this town. We wanted to know more about it and its inhabitants, so we took the train and then hitch-hiked to there, in order to talk with the Major. Each event of our trip, even non wanted, was part of our "road-movie". Each of these "adventures" was on opportunity for a meeting, which was exactly our goal.
Our mission was achieved, concluding a partnership between "the 104 in Paris and the 10400 in Aube". The Mayor accepted to encourage us for this work : thanks to him !

(this was group 9 : Aleigh, Antonin, Clarence, Valerie, Etienne)

working in the fridge

gloves are not enough to keep yourself warm









and press the button

After a little discussion about our coffee project, we moved out to discover 19th and 20th arrondissements. It was aoutside day and it was pleasant to walk in the street and see different landscapes under the snow.
Aujourd'hui le programme était libre, chacun a suivit son propre chemin. Avec un petit groupe de dix personnes nous avons déambulé dans les rues enneigées des 19 et 20 arrondissement.


Day 2:

Group 6

Salle 200...

A big improvisation with projections, drawing, dancing, and the most experimental bassoon sounds.

We don't know where we are going, and that's what is good about it.

Tuesday, January 6

Café La Guerre - Groupe 8 Lives

Le Cafè La Guerre was established today to get into business tomorow in the afternoon. A Platform. Getting inspired by people. Passersbys. Artists. Each of them. Just because they express themselves in their own speacial way, whatever it might be. Do they know about that ? Do they care. Will they step inside? One thing they surely can't resits will definetly be a more or less delicicious cup of "Free Coffee".
Let's see what will happend. To be continued.....


6. 01. 09 We're managing to find the rythm. Maybe using a radio and african music, under statistical snowflakes, doubtfully. We are just looking for something real, that is something that implicate a non-artistical phenomenon. A slow motion of our combined realities, passing a baton, a drumstick, a glut of feelings, playing with walkie talkies, create the rules of the game. Marché Riquet. Maybe this is our passerelle to reality.

Trying to meet the Number...

Today was about finding ways to meet one specific Number we are looking for.
Of course this Number is 104, or 1-0-4.

We just thought about this strange name for an artistic place, or further, for a building. It is both a name and a non-name : 104 can be plenty of other things that a name for this place. It can be other places. It can be an abstract Number. It can be an account, the result of an addition. It can be time. It can be people too.
We are now asking the connection between this Number and how to use it as a way to meet people and to share our work with them.

All of us think that we need to make fun to be efficient in our work. Our work is about being open to each meeting, to go where we think a meeting with this Number is possible, and to provoke the meeting. The more pictures, notes, video, sounds or whatever, we collect, the more interesting will be the collection of them, and the more easy-to-understand will be the link between them. We just want to trust the chance.

The only danger for us is to become obsessed with this Number and to see it erverywhere...

Tomorrow we are going to find as much as "104" we can find in the city.
We will also discover how "104" can be connected with other places out of Paris. We will go to a little town in Aube, one hour by train from Paris. This town seems to have a very specific relationship with the Number... We have to explore that.

This is group 9 : Aleigh, Antonin, Clarence, Etienne, Valerie.

Si l'esprit est la, deplace le verre

This morning, we spent more time drinking coffee, trying to stay warm, and discussing how to incorporate all our working methods into our collaborations. Where does it fall, on the spectrum between improvisation and conceptually driven work?

We discussed criticality in the place of our artwork concerning 104. It seems that other groups work on projects based on criticism of the institution. Perhaps if we work with the historical specificity of the building, we can talk about something else. So we discussed the morgue, and though perhaps we can contact the spirits of the dead people on video.

No spirits would talk to us, but the video is good, a funny document of the working process of this collaboration, its strengths and shortcomings.

Later in the afternoon, we drank more coffee and experimented with video projects, recording a scene and then projecting the scene onto its contents, while they carry out a different narrative.

Visually, it can be something strong, and we decided to all search for an application within the institution and the neighborhood.

Also, the 104 gave us use of a wall in the building. We are making a plan.

Happy Kids Play Outside!

Group # 2 [Day 2 ]


art ...inside/outside
feet...are they dead?
mind...turn around
rework ...near the concentration?

There is no feeling left in our hands and yet our minds are full. The cold weather outside did not stop our process, today infact quite the opposite! The power of the mind and body can work in many conditions.

turning red head <<<<<

Searching for Danger. . .

What is dangerous?

- the neighborhood?
- explosives?
- guns?
- drugs?
- terrorism?
- scientific testing?
- speaking another language?
- fear?
- cold?
- 104?

Today we decided to work more with our hands. . .
An army of matches, on their way to combustion;
A woman with a gun;
A knife covered in sugar;
A person avoiding the camera;
An improvised song & dance (Tarantino as an inspiration).

It is cold. Even inside the 104. We are having trouble holding the match sticks and the sugar.

We met boys from the neighborhood. They asked us about our burnt bike and plastic gun. And they asked what we were doing. One boy said his gun at home was bigger than ours. We asked them if they passed through the 104 often, and one boy said it was the quickest way between his house and where he was going.

Monday, January 5

Group Number Seven: In the Neighbourhood

Impressed by architectural surrounding we decided to investigate the direct neighbourhood of the 104. We managed to enter one of the skyscrapers, actually called "battérie haute", ...

... and went up to the 25th floor.

There we encountered a nice young family who allowed us to enter their flat and to enjoy the amazing view of the 104. Thus we realized how interestingly the old building is integrated into the whole area. In the following time we asked the inhabitants of the neighbourhood about their opinions concerning the 104 which lead to surprising new insights.

The last picture I dont have to explain, do I ?

By the way: we are Mai, Polina, Ben, Daniel and Julia