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, June 3

Lapin! (Group 2)

 There are two worlds, one above and the other hidden below.  The verticality and opposition that connects these worlds is linked by the earth in between. 

- industry
- nature
- coal
- suicide rabbit.

The things we found today

Walking around the PACT and just being curious, and finding things : rusty abandonned objects, parts of machines which don't work anymore. Things remaining from the past, from the Antic Times, when the chocolate factory which recently turned into PACT was still running ; when the whole area was surrounded by water ; when people were still speaking ancient greek, and had to make their daily chocolate-working lives into sea-side fishing lives.
We learnt a lot about History today.

the things we said and did today


11:16 am clarence: maybe we will have very long hats

12:33 pm semi: isn't this beautiful?

1:38 pm julia: which gold pen is the most brilliant?

2:58 pm judith: clarence, do you want to start with the hats?

3:00 pm antonin: tu viens juste de l'acheter

3:01 pm clarence: i think it's 56, but you have to check

3:24 pm vincent: this afternoon? outside?

4:58 pm semi: we'll do this in english. (a few moments later) a very soft stone that you can treat with normal tools

6:03 pm antonin: twenty hats!

6:04 pm semi: there's of course this one


clarence: sewed orange cloth

judith: measured our heads

julia: recorded clarence sewing

semi: collected projectors

vincent: collected cardboard boxes

antonin: wrote out an imaginary language