We all know (yes, we all know, of course! You don’t know yet what, but well… you will know it soon enough) that the Faï is INTERNATIONAL (see! you knew it I know)!
What a problem for a French songs Festival to take place here : shall we force all the non-French speaking people to understand and speak French anyway? (I heard a “yes” somewhere, watch out mean reader)
Hf chose to give its words to the people who are also FestiFaï but cannot appreciate all of its flavours. Here then, are some translations of the articles made by two Faï’s inhabitants: the wonderful Carolina Pérez Garcia and Francesca Carlaccini!
”We are going to make a big artwork together in a very boring place. We don’t know yet what it’s supposed to look like. And the place is not inspiriting at all!” (Daniela, professor of history and philosophy in Dresde, member of the plastic artists in Faï).
Thursday the 18th of July in the afternoon, arrival in front of the collective work scheduled by Jérôme Piguet and Marie-Sophie Koulischer: located in front of Le Fachia Tout – Saix´s pub- this work is going to serve at the same time as the arrival and departure point for the naturals arts walk, which the first one takes place on Friday night. The idea and conception’s work has been decided the same day in the morning at 9hr. and finished at 19 hrs. : a ten hour-art-shot born from nothing or almost nothing…
HOrS-foRmAt: where did you get the idea of this creation?
Marie-Sophie Koulischer – We draw it from the strains Jérôme spotted this morning in a field and that he managed to collect.
Jérôme Piguet – in creation, you always need a restriction. We started from this restriction: to make something with these strains in the chosen place (a little square of grass delimited by a stones’ wall in one of its side, the grating on the adjacent side, the rest open, located in the parking of the Fachia Tout).
[to MSK] this, makes me think of Goldsworthy´s work with the trunks. Well, almost…he might have needed some more time, I think…
Hf: and is a collective work like this not so complicated to carry out?
MSK- it depends on the participants, there are some that don’t have any problems about working in team, and others who feel less comfortable.
JP- No, if they weren’t this team, we would be in big trouble, we couldn´t make anything spectacular (provided dimensions for the work : 2,50m high x 5 m wide). When we work alone, it´s more difficult to make a work of such magnitude. It´s a big job.
After all it´s a super team, with intelligent, cultivated people. And we are here in the perfect place: the river is not far away, the strains (the material of the work involved in) are in the end of the fields, and with a pub next to us… nothing else to ask for !
[Translated by Carolina Pérez Garcia, long-term volunteer at Faï’s Farm]
Between two pieces of fresh pasta for lasagna, Marie-Sophie neighbor of Hf’s table makes eminent and terrible revelations about “her nature’s sculptors”. As Hf was totally lost in the wonderful lasagna degustation, we left free speech to Marie-Sophie about the hard job of giving birth to an art work: being an artist is quite a job, but « giving birth to art work» isn´t easier!
Marie-Sophie to Hf who eats with one fork but listen with its two ears:
In front of their ideas, I try to be objective, not giving my point of view. The most important is the intention. I can’t let myself to judge, even if I hit upon I can´t express it. On the other hand, I can give suggestions: there are also things that maybe they don’t know in respect to some special technics like the use of colors to create contrasts, or natural pigments’ making. I cannot say « If I were you would rather do that or that », it would mean that I do the work in their place. Sometimes it´s not evident, mostly in English, because I don’t dispose of enough nuances to express myself. Then I’m more direct in the way I communicate.
End of lasagna, HF starts the melon.
We´re going to see them, we ask them why they chose this place, what they imagine there and why; what they want to express: some of them are a little bit lost, they don´t know what to make better than the place already offers to the visitor. In that case, we question and talk in order to clarify their intention. The important thing is the intention, after we can give them technics, an artistic knowledge that they don’t necessarily own.
Eventually, this is time for digestion with the hyssop infusion of the garden.
It doesn’t bother me not being in the creation. I love so much the giving birth of it: it´s really interesting, to see something blooms.
[Translated by Carolina Pérez Garcia, long-term volunteer at Faï’s Farm]
“We all have different roots...- 31.07
As part of FestiFaï – a non-conventional song and art festival in nature- the Gundtvig european workshop leaded by Jérôme Piguet and Marie-Sophie Koulischer –Land art’s artists- as well as this unique theme “create something without anything”, give us the results of two weeks creation along the path who goes from the Saix to Faï’s Farm, hotspot of the festival.
A commented walk of the works followed a first discovery of these creations by night, in music and lights. At the pace of these artworks that from now on dot the path, we’ll follow here the diurnal walk’s order, from the collective work in the Saix to the last artwork next to the Green’s Theater of the Faï.
Like your shade, your roots follow you
No matter where we come from, our origins are our roots. No matter where we go, they follow us. We cannot make them disappear. We can however create new ones.
When I started to work, I didn’t know where to start. The mountains, the valley, everything is incredibly beautiful. How can we add something to these nature’s creations? That seemed impossible to me. But while walking in the mountain, I came little by little to discover and seize this place. I had to find a place where I could put a bit of myself. For me, it’s a way of connecting myself with the environment. After having thought and written a lot, I could get some order in my ideas. I mainly worked bare hands to be close to the material, the artwork, the nature. In my work, I’m used to use technics I’m not familiar with. For me, it’s a way of not losing myself in conventions. In this way, the artwork will be always more direct, more honest and real. The obstacles and fights against the material are part of the work. If I don’t suffer as much as I appreciate it, this is not good. I just want to invite you to see, to see differently, again and again.
My work is born when I came to lie down in the mountain. I set up my camp into this chink. I found my place quickly. I knew that I had to do something with this part of the mountain. I spent hours to think about it, I looked at the place on every angle. At one point I discovered a diagonal that goes from the mountain to the valley, going under the road. I followed this line with my hands, I drew in the air, but nothing came out. The mountain didn’t say anything to me. Then, I lied down in the chink. I stayed there half an hour. I felt a huge power surrounding me. I looked at the animals in the nature, the drawings in the cliff, the geometry of my “bed”. Then the mountain started to dialogue with me. I felt anxious and wanted to get out of this place. This situation reminded me of a Zen Tarot card named “anxiety”, where a man is represented in such suffering state that him and its surroundings cannot bear him. The card’s main colors are brown, black, white, red, yellow and orange: all the colors I’ve used here. That’s what the mountain showed me.
JAN, Czech Republic
The coloring device
On the path that goes from the Saix to the Faï, I was impressed by the surroundings, by the rocks, the river beneath and its flowing through the valley. I wanted to highlight these elements by forcing the visitor to see actively. “The coloring device” aims to allow the visitor to see the former scrap and rusty irons covered with concrete on a different way. This object allows you to see the place’s beauty through different colors. It can even transform our vision, thanks to small pieces of plastic put in front of our eyes.
KLARA, Czech Republic
While walking in the burning sun, I noticed an old sign on an electric pylon, where it was written out danger of death in full. I took that as a double reference. The first one, t the landscape of the South of France, so dry et so hostile that one can die of dehydration or a cliff’s falling. The other reference comes from the Old Testament. Here, the viewer faces a choice. He can or not takes the apples and makes his own choice. The question is to know to what extent we have the choice. When someone tells us what is good or bad for us, can we chose freely? In which way are we affected by the information we get?
The Faï takes place in the middle of mountains. They surrounded it et give it power. For me, this was a very personal experience. My work has been several times destroyed: to create here was not only backbreaking, but also painful. I fell of several times, scratched my knees. I bled on the stones. I gave everything for my work to be complete. As we all do at the Faï.
Watch the water
Look up at the mountains. Can you see the move of stones created by water? This material has been pressed against the massive rocks thanks to the ocean’s weight. And now, look down towards this deep valley. It’s also the work of water. A timeless current passes here and dig its way through the rock. Since immemorial times, water flows to the ocean. Can you imagine the power of water? In the mountain, there’s a source that feeds the water creek every day, every second. Endless, again and again. Like a “mobile perpeduum”. But look down to the creek. Everything is already gone. Dried out! Where is the water? What will happen to the valley’s landscape if this vital flow disappears?
This horse tells us about freedom, about the difficulty that we have to break our chains, and to transcend our ego overcoming our fears. Despite years of our countries ‘histories, we just pass by. When I try to represent myself what is a horse, I imagine him free in a field, its powerful muscles moving at the same pace of his run. But here, my horse isn’t free, he’s caged by stones, blocked. As a society’s metaphor, it doesn’t go forward anymore. It is our role to attempt to break our chains, to free ourselves from our sinking. In order to find anew our freedom, we must feel the joy of full consciousness: be ourselves, totally present to the world.
JAN, Czech Republic
This sculpture shaped as a nest represents nature itself. It copies the singular composition of a nest: a first layer of rocks, then stones, clay in the middle and branches that go over them. It becomes then the perfect home for living beings and their transformations.
The river’s rider
Every river meets the sea
Whether in stream or rain
In life there are obstacles
You were young, now you got old
You’ve probably been hurt, broken like the bike
But one day someone will come
Will take care of you, will fix you
Will give you love
And then you will be ready for a new bike’s ride
A trip to your dreams
To a new world
Ride the stream’s bike
And follow the flow,
Whether in rain or stream,
Every river meets the sea.
The Shaman passes on its eternal wisdom to its followers, the knowledge of unity that exists between men, nature and the whole universe.
The Rubic’s cube represents our lives. The different colors embody the changes that happen in our lives. In nature everything changes, everything transforms itself. At every instant, every season, places and things disappear and rise anew. We must decide which color we want in our lives. No matter what happen, we need to choose, otherwise everything will become grey.
When I arrived at the Faï, I had no precise idea what would happen, but after a first territory’s discovery, I noticed a meaningful presence of butterflies that really inspired me.
The butterflies and the presence of electric wires just next to where I was, inspired little by little the birth of this project. The electric wires made me think of energy, sun, and light, hence this idea of building a lamp. The butterflies, who are ephemeral creatures, inspired me the making of a lamp made of ephemeral material such as straw. The big butterfly put on the lamp has a bit a shamanic meaning and aims to represent a spirit that flies in nature.
JAN, Czech Republic
The astronaut’s costume
This suit allows you to untie your look from the path and see the valley and the cliff being fully concentrated. Then you can take a mental picture and engrave it in your memory for today or all times. Thanks to the elastic holding the helmet, a part of your weight is supported by the tree. Thus, you can feel like an astronaut who just land on moon and who see the landscape for the first time. Watch out though: don’t try to walk with it. Your first step could be bigger than you think. This device is not made to support the whole weight of a human being.
A game for the wind
The aim of these workshops was to create something from nothing. On the way, I found this piece of wood that made me think of a goat. Then I used this as an alibi to go walking in the mountain. This creation has been a pretext for discovering the domain.
KATA and JANA, Czech Republic
Once upon a time two aliens a bit crazy decided to come to the Faï because they knew that other aliens already went there. During their trip, they got so impressed by the landscape’s beauty that they lost control of their flying saucer made of bubblegum. It crashed against the cliff. Then they decided to build something to protect all the flying bubbles from all the aliens who went to the Faï. What better thing than a bubble to protect bubbles? Thus they chose this shape. In order to build it, they needed either a strong and malleable wood. For the windows, they used special lens imported from their home planet. These lens, called “Tche-que” own the magic power to reveal the universe’s beauty to human beings. They work hard, hard, and harder. When they got tired, they lied down in the meadow, and suddenly they realized that only the grass from this field could protect their bubbles. At the same time, a heady smell passed and they knew that they would need a mix of grass, plants and flowers to captive your senses and lead you to sit in the magic bubble. Come in and let your senses taking you to a trip towards life.
Window on nature
When we did the path to look for our creation’s place, there was a tree, which trunk was divided in two trunks. When I saw it, I said to myself: that’s here. It’s the tree who call me to the place. It’s an open window on nature. My work encourages people to take time to look at the nature. The scratched faces represent nature’s structure itself, a structure that is specific and that we need for the development of the environment.
PAVLINA, Czech Republic
The haunted wood
To create this scary forest, I got inspired by the mystery of the place. A group of three trees enthrall me particularly. They made me think of the fear’s spectre, the bogeyman – a mythological being. The statue in front of the trees represents a little girl who runs away from these frightening woods. But it can also be the Bogeyman itself who attempts to flee and jump on you. Bats and spiders come to fill in the “painting”. They fly and crawl towards you.
KLARA, Czech Republic
Relationships between beeches
The beeches are my favorite trees. By connecting the beeches with wool wires, I attempt to highlight their communication. The idea is to allow the visitors to visualize these ties, to show their possible relationships: love, hate, small talks, tribal cohesion…All these information that we can imagine, but that the naked eye cannot seize.
…but we all grow in the same sun”
[Words gathered by Géraldine Piguet- translation into English: Agnès André]