Lieux publics is the project leader of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, which was funded in 2003. It now includes 25 partners from 17 countries from as many practical and aesthetic backgrounds which all contribute something vital to the network. Whether members are seeking to rehabilitate industrial wasteland in a sprawling metropolis or redesign landscapes in a country village, the goal is always to serve artists working with, in and for public space. As IN SITU grows, its expertise and activities are developing : it serves to identify artists, encourage project laboratories and incubators, support production and touring of emerging works, organise conferences and professionals meetings. To date, IN SITU has supported over 180 European artists.
In 2016, it received European Commission funding for the sixth consecutive time, a sign of the exceptional longevity of its European cooperation projects, such that Lieux Publics can legitimately see itself as "A European hub for artistic creation". Today, IN SITU works to support the artistic creation and mobility of emerging European artists working in public space via two ongoing European projects: Platform (2014-2017) and ACT (2016-2020).
From 2011 to 2016 META cooperation project has supported the development of contemporary artistic creation that reflects the dynamics at work between art, public space and the construction of European society.
The IN SITU Platform was selected along with 4 other platform projects by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme, and aims to highlight and promote to a larger and diverse audience these emerging artists who are working outside conventional venues and contributing to the transformation of our territories.
IN SITU ACT, a large scale cooperation project gathering 20 partners mostly from Europe, ambitions to be the European tool for the structuration of artistic creation in public space and to achieve four main objectives:
→ To become a reference model for creations that play with, in and for public space
→ To implement a European artistic support model encouraging encounters between artists, producers and audiences.
→ To develop an ecology of creation that connects artistic works with players involved in creation and the economic, political and social realities of Europe.
→ To share assets and resources and connect various actors involved in the transformation of the territories
IN SITU PLATFORM ACTIONS
IN SITU Focus
“IN SITU Focus” is the annual European showcase event for IN SITU artists. Each member of the platform presents a selection of emerging artistic creations in its region. Public events, media coverage and specific communication materials promote the IN SITU artists - over 150 European artists recognised for the quality and originality of their work and for opening up new audiences. Each year in autumn, Lieux publics is presenting his IN SITU Focus in Marseile during its event "Travellings".
Emerging spaces are laboratories for artistic reflection designed to bring together programme managers and emerging artists from across Europe. Nine days of events every year to discover the latest artistic trends, share and dream up new creations together, create connections and build shared expertise on current themes.
IN SITU Platform (2014-2017) and ACT (2016-2020) have been funded with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Resolutely humanist in character, META explores the challenges linking art and public space to the construction of a contemporary European society by focusing on three major themes: “European metamorphoses”, or how large scale artistic offerings can bring renewed magic to public space; “Walk in progress”, urban walks, strolls and other circuits to (re)discover our living spaces; and “Shared cities”, which artistic creations drawing their inspiration from the territories and their inhabitants themselves. For five years, from 2011 to 2016, nineteen cultural organisations from fourteen countries, in particular from Central Europe, will work together so that META can facilitate the development of contemporary artistic forms intended for public space and weave renewed links with the local populations.
META 2011-2016 has been funded with support from the European Commission (DGEAC – Culture programme).