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.

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

The unifying principles of coffee...

Whether old or young or upper class or lower class, one thing all Parisians can agree on is a nice cup of coffee or kaffee or café. One of the main reasons for this (besides it being very cold) is that going to a café is always a comfortable experience for the locals as well as those of us who are out of place.

Layer 1

Day 1 :

Simon Rouby, Dylan Corlay, Malte Wandel, Gonzalo H. Rodriguez, Nicholas Bruder

We are group Six, Six, Sechs, Seis.

A long day of wandering around the neighborhood where 104 resides.

Snowy footprints.
A chat with a man who is losing his home.
A man that already lost his.
A lone TV, about to find friends at the bottom of a canal.
Mattress…cheese mattress.

Used Christmas tree, nice chair.

All of these has provoked a dicussion between the five of us about this neighbor and the people who live here. We asked questions about 104 and what we think they think about this place. Questions about a tourists optimisim and a locals pessimism. All together, we have no clear formulation of how we create from these questions and happenings. But what has occurred is a creation of a group of very different artists that have enjoyed taking a long walk to together.

You might eventually see a bit of dancing, music, live animation. Even some films and local or two. And then some. That it is.

Cheese Horse or she is a horse ?

Honestly, things develop slowly and fast at the same time. But on the other hand: we are pretty much done.
So what do I mean?
Our group, thats Polina&Ben&Julia&Mai&Daniel, spend the day exploring 1 Euro Shops, supermarkets and interviewing locals to find out how the 104 project altered the social landscape of the neighbourhood. many people were unaware of the purpose of 104, but were also excited to learn about it from us. trying to get in real contact with local residents, we kind of entered the 25th floor of the opposite appartment building. There we were welcomened by a young family who let us enjoy a very fine view on the 104 complex from their balcony.
cheers and nastrowje.
Daniel and Polina.

Strings, Circles and Buckets

Group # 2
(Florian, Charlotte, Blanca, Thorsten and Ariel)
Simple Facts -
... and after all that we found out that our 5 major ideas (STRING,CIRCLE,T-SHIRT, SOUND and VALUE) will have to wait till tomorrow to be realized.

If you talk the talk you've got to walk the walk

5. 01. 09. First ideas. Exploring the city, this part of the city is measuring it. Measuring it with the rythm of the walk, of the snow falling on wood, concrete blocks, cars, the rythm of lights and trains passing on the bridge. Sounds of the street. We discussed in a coffee. Scott is transforming datas in music, using first his H4 recorder, taking sounds from the street, transforming it into rythm. Synchronise, shift, distorsion. The street is a field, a magnetic field in which you can interact with visibility. As a sculptor, I would consider the situation as open as possible and focus on process. Failure is a possibility. Possibility is risk, rythm. We talked about using walky talkies. It's all about a soulfull way of taking measures, walking the lines, waiting for trains. Railroad. A word : urban. As a field of interacting possibilities, interacting people.Define the rules of a game. Shift. A laboratory for rythm. Metronoms and great scaffoldings. Bettina is exploring the possibility of a movement, maybe interacting with people from the neighbourhood, in supermarkets or on passerelles.

The Armadillo

Our group consists of 6 members: Bianca Boragi, Yoann Durant, Matthew Siegle, Cléa Manzoni-Lucht, Judith Nuessler, Tim Cierpiswzeki.

This morning, the groups were divided mathematically. Group number 5 consists of 5 people who received number 5, and one who received number 7.

We left the 104 building, exploring the streets in the snow, in attempts to understand the neighborhood context of the institution. After a little bit, we decided to go to a cafe for discussion, settled at Cafe Mathis, It has a wonderful old fashioned setting, complemented with a stuffed armadillo and a fishtank. We dicussed whether 104 fit the role of its pruported mission.

After lunch, it was time to explore the neighborhood once again, this time in search of a quick project. This would serve as a starting point for further productions.

We ended up in a laundromat. Yoann wanted to improvise noise with his soprano saxophone, corresponding to the machines. Judith decided that she could dance between Yoann's noises, the machines, and improvisational performances of Bianca. Matt filmed this as video, and Tim and Cléa took pictures and stood by.

After the performance was completed, Tim and Cléa indicated that they didn't have a point of access for the collaboration, while Matt only documented.

We went for another coffee at Cafe Mathis, watched the video, looked at the pictures, discussed how to move forward. A reoccuring theme in our conversations was the discrepancy between the context created by 104 and that of the existing neighborhood (including beloved Cafe Mathis and the armadillo). Perhaps this can be a common theme for our work week?

Back at the 104, we ate almost a full tin of cookies and continued talking. Now the moment arrived to focus our efforts: do we choose a specfic conceptual drive behind our week, in attempts to form one singular project, or do we free ourselves from trational practices and rules, creating new work of the moment each day? We argued.

Cléa suggested, perhaps, "Let's come up with a word, a theme, to have as a starting point, so those who are less improvisionally motivated can access collaboration each day."

We decided on deplacer. In german, this is deplaziert, in english, this is to displace. Tomorrow, we each will also bring one small item to indicate our working process around this idea.

First day at the 104!

- Qi Gong
- Constitution of the groups: We (Lily, Jean-Baptiste, Jana, Louise, Bijan and Laetitia) are groupe one!
- Collecting of photos and videos in the 104 area.
- Beautiful lunch!
- Recovering of objects from the street like a burned bike or plants...
- Discussion about the notion of danger.

optimistic in paris with wet feet

paris is full of something which is considered to be snow. 
it is grey and definetely not snowlike, therefore not the best start to wander around 104 and get a good first impression on the area.
colourless, well grey and beige could considered to be a colour, but the shapes and colours after stepping out of the hotel are more stew-like than town-like. considering, that a big group of artists are supposed to start being creative RIGHT NOW seems like an aim for very optimistic people. most artists usually need a while to start the day optimisticly. or could at least try 3 more coffee. or: QIGONG!
starting the day with that made it easier (after another coffee) to look out of 104 again and getting interested in this task.

then it became interesting...

the art will start tomorrow. 
discussions started but we agreed, optimistic as we are now, quite quickly what about and how we´re going to work like from now on.

our plan is to meet a number. noone will guess what number that might be, but the art will develop by just working and not by staying inside, desperately finding a sujet to work on. especially when it is that bäh outside.

this was group 9 (etienne, ali, clarence, antonin, valerie)