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    Die leere Mitte

    A film by Hito Steyerl
    Musée des beaux-arts du Locle
    September 8th-13th 2009
    In the setting of the exhibition Les Visages de l’industrie at the Locle’s Beaux-Arts Museum, the Eternal Tour festival is presenting the film Die leere Mitte (1998, 16mm on video, 62’) by German-Japanese artist Hito Steyerl. Half documentary, half essay, the film focuses on different episodes of the Potsdamer Platz – from the 3rd Reich to the Cold War – to finish with the establishment of companies like Mercedes-Benz and SONY on German territory. The cineaste questions the status of foreign workers on the construction sites, but also the prominent role they played in the Reichstag context at the end of the 1890s.


    CAN (Centre d’art Neuchâtel)
    September 4th- 13th 2009
    Addressing 21st century cosmopolitanism, Eternal Tour questions Eurocentric cultural hegemony. The Périfériks exhibition proposed by Kader Attia at the CAN develops a contemporary reflection by inviting artists from the artistic periphery. Indeed, most of them come from so-called marginal production sites, situated outside the countries or citie long considered the incontrovertible places of emergence for contemporary art (New York, Berlin, London, Paris etc.). More than a decentralisation, this exhibition proposes a reframing, a meeting based on the miscegenation of minds and cultures.

    Custom Culture-Run and concert

    A project by Olivier Mosset
    September 13th 2009
     To close the 2009 edition with tyres a-squealing, Eternal Tour proposes a motorcycle run under the aegis of an artist first known on the international scene for his paintings: Olivier Mosset. He has developed an interest for Harley Davidson custom culture – that of Born to Be Wild or Easy Rider – and also collects powerful two-wheeled vehicles, among them Steve McQueen’s motorbike.  


    Caves du Palais, Neuchâtel
    September 3
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    Neuchâtel’s Caves du Palais serve as the Eternal Tour headquarters. A vast disused space, the Caves fill a quadruple function over the next ten days.

    A space open to the public, they are the rallying point for artists and festival-goers alike, to favour exchange and recreation. 

    A modular exhibition space, the Caves shelter various festival installations, among which are those of Kader Attia, Claire Fontaine, François Jaques, Beat Lippert and Paola Salerno.

    A place for parties and concerts, they host several soirees as well as a harpsichord concert on September 9th.

    A place of work, the Caves are also the festival’s office and information centre.  

    A neon slogan

    Installation by Sylvie Fleury
    Caves du Palais
    September 3rd – 13th 2009

    Sylvie Fleury’s work is fed, criss-crossed and overrun with fantasies linked to the capacity of moving along roads (She devils on Wheels, 1997) and through space. This desire for movement develops in parallel to a game implicating the history, codes and machismo of contemporary art as well as the mechanisms of language and fashion. According to the logic of advertising slogans, like readymade thoughts – BE GOOD, BE BAD, JUST BE or YES TO ALL – the artist proposed a new neon slogan for Eternal Tour.

    Human Ra

    Installation by François Jaques
    Caves du Palais, Neuchâtel
    September 3rd – 13th 2009 

     An installation composed of seven spotlights scavenged from a factory – formerly similar, each having acquired a specific visual identity over time – Human Ra questions the time-honoured expression used to describe the 18th century: the Enlightenment. A century of culture, science and art, a century of meditation upon education and liberty, the historical and artistic historiography made it a decisive moment for constituting the modern period. Yet the 18th century was also one of monarchies and slavery. In the end, is the Enlightenment merely the product of retrospective lighting? 

    Bloc erratique

    Installation by the Chapuisat brothers
    Neuchâtel’s Ethnographic museum park 
    September 5th 2009 – September 5th 2014
    In the Museum’s public park, 24/7 starting September 5th, strollers and children may admire the Bloc erratique – a sculpture of monumental proportions which harbours an installation linked to the Museum’s exhibition: “Helvetia Park”. What is the origin of these giant blocks? Several renowned scientists tackled this enigma: Jean-André de Luc, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure or even Ignace Venetz. In 1840, Académie de Neuchâtel professor Louis Agassiz concluded they came from ancient glaciers. Today, these huge rocks recall bunkers camouflaged throughout the Swiss landscape. Contemporary art campers, the Chapuisat brothers will live in the Bloc erratique during the Festival.


    Film by Sasha Huber

    Maison blanche, la Chaux-de-Fonds
    September 4th – 6th 2009, 10am-5pm 

    August 21st 2008, Sasha Huber boarded a glacier patrol helicopter and flew off to reach the Agassizhorn in the Bernese Alps.

    Cacao versus pavot : Morgue chocolates

    Project by Stephen J. Shanabrook
    At Neuchâtel’s Museum of Art and History, exposition Le monde selon Suchard
    September 3rd-13th 2009
    Monday to Sunday, 11am-6pm

    For the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to Neuchâtel’s chocolate industry, Eternal Tour and exhibition Le monde selon Suchard propose a reflection on the globalisation of food. Stephen J. Shanabrook is the festival’s guest in this context. This American artist – who lives and works in New York and Moscow – is known for his chocolate casts of maimed corpses in the morgue. Very inspired by chocolate and by the particularities of the material itself, he inserted an artwork into the exhibition that will make one ponder the phenomena of dependence and the hidden recipes of the Swiss economy.

    Le goût de la périphérie

    Installation by Paola Salerno
    At Neuchâtel’s Caves du Palais
    September 3rd-13th 2009

    Italian artist Paola Salerno sees the world through her camera lens. Her environment evolved according to her migrations: she lived in Calabria until the age of 19, then Rome and the United States.  Today she resides in Parisian suburb Saint-Denis. In her work, she favours a documentary approach to throw light on the periphery’s shadow zones – reflections of the widening gap between the actual world and solutions of modern politics.


    Installation by Sibylle Stoeckli

    Or the Wunder Stanza’s decomposition
    Caves du Palais, Neuchâtel

    September 3rd – 13th 2009

    After Geneva in 2007 and Solothurn in 2008, the Wunder Stanza will be presented to the Eternal Tour public at Neuchâtel’s Caves du Palais. For the occasion Sibylle Stœckli rethought its architecture and renamed it the WonderBar. It is a monumental composition of festive character, enriched by materials usually present in a cellar: crates, bottles, plastic barrels or an oversized menu made of 3×3m Sagex. In the WonderBar all the products proposed to the public are from the region.

    L’épine du Spinario et le garçon qui cherche à sortir du musée

    A project by Beat Lippert
    At the Musée d’histoire naturelle of Neuchâtel

    How can one de-historicize an object? Beat Lippert answers the question by reproducing the Spinario: a bronze statue conserved at Rome’s Capitoline Museums that represents a boy removing a thorn from his foot. For his interpretation of this work the artist modified the boy’s stance: head uplifted, arm relaxed alongside his leg. The thorn is gone, the body is freed, and the young man turns his eyes to the horizon. He can once again look at the world.


    A project by Beat Lippert
    At the Caves du Palais de Neuchâtel 

    By climbing the façade of a historic building such as Neuchâtel’s Museum of Natural History, Beat Lippert answers the question of where artists place themselves when confronted with the symbolic weight of such monuments. Ornamented with cornices, capitals and friezes, the museum’s façade offers many holds – & takes – to the artist. Presented to visitors in video form, this physical activity stages a Faiseur d’Histoire (‘history maker’). With the participation of Antoine Le Ménestrel.

    Palestine Occupied

    Exhibition by Claire Fontaine
    At the Caves du Palais de Neuchâtel

    35’000 matches planted in a wall shape out an inscription in Hebrew: Palestine Occupied. Initially conceptualized by Claire Fontaine for a Tel-Aviv gallery, this artwork was presented in November 2008, before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupted. Before being displayed to visitors, the match-letters are set aflame. This highly emblematic installation also announces the next edition of the Eternal Tour Festival, planned for 2010 in Jerusalem.

    The Big Trip

    Installation of Pierre-Phillippe Freymond
    Musée d’histoire naturelle of Neuchâtel
    March 29th 2009 – February 28th 2010

    Neuchâtel’s Museum of Natural History and the Eternal Tour Festival have asked artist and scientist Pierre-Philippe Freymond to create an installation on Darwin’s theory of the evolution of species in the context of the exhibition Parce queue. The result: a Grand Voyage from the world of Art to the world of Science. It’s all about movement: the curious enter the installation, step over and observe a pool filled with moray eels – snake-shaped fish without scales.

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