BEING BOUCALAIS 1 (i)
The First edition of Being Boucalais gathered 16 artists/curators/writers for a 2-day performance on the road from Wimereux to Calais. The initial goal of this series was to present Boucalais to this group as a mobile creation studio.
After a few trips Various Artists realized that tapping into the creative DNA of the participants, multiplying several accidental occurrences, and accumulating these actions trigger elaborate story lines.
The scripting of the banal and the ritualization of the holiday stroller’s routine created a puzzling set of situations for the participants. Manipulating and repeating some of the occurrences made participants doubt the veracity of their daily experience along the walk.
The initial vagueness of the set of instructions, and the use of non-art practices (like objets trouvés, faux art, local craftwork and its appropriation) introduced the partakers to a collective and interactive experience. Connecting and communicating with locals was encouraged, as outsiders could introduce new elements into the process.
Halfway the trip, in Wissant*, every guest was asked to create ‘roomwork’ in his/her hotel room: a temporary, non-intrusive installation/performance that could be photographed, or written.
Humor played an important role during the walk. For example the group-shots, the maintenance of anonymous works and the repetition of inside jokes. The walks were guided by Paulo Sudo, who is the spokesperson, and mediator for Various Artists. He plays with obviousness, clichés and heavy-handed jokes by parodying tourists, and exaggerating certain aspects inherent to our vacationist society.
Participants Being Boucalais with host Paulo Sudo:
BB1.1: Geska Helena Brecevic, Frederique de Montblanc
BB 1.2: Annemie Maes, Eveline Heylen
BB 1.3: Melissa Bliss, Madaleine Trigg
BB 1.4: Loes Jacobs, Pacôme Beru
BB 1.5: Christophe Meierhans, Tom Stone
BB 1.6: David Helbich, Pascal Vandelanoitte
BB 1.7: Sophie Mutterer, Catherine Bompuis
BB 1.8: Elke Van Campenhout, Bart Vandeput, special appearance by Pauline Sudo