...De­sign loves Bordeaux

Bordeaux J'Adore - - ◆ —— Rising Star —— ◆ - SUZANNE NEL­SON

Bordeaux, city of her­itage, is also a city of de­sign.

From the new Cité du Vin to the Pont Cha­ban Del­mas to the quays on the Right Bank lead­ing to Stal­in­grad, Bordeaux is a city un­der­go­ing a meta­mor­pho­sis... a lit­tle fur­ther out, con­struc­tion of the Arch of the MECA sig­nals the birth of the fu­ture Eu­rat­lan­tique neigh­bour­hood. Bordeaux, as al­ways, is look­ing for a sub­tle bal­ance be­tween city and na­ture. This year sees the open­ing on June 25 of ‘Paysages’, a cul­tural pro­gram ded­i­cated to the arts, and of course, there’s the bi­en­nial Agora, a cel­e­bra­tion of ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban plan­ning, from Septem­ber 15 - 25

‘Paysages’: thought in mo­tion

This year, Bordeaux of­fers ‘Paysages’, from June 25 to Oc­to­ber 25, an un­prece­dented cul­tural pro­gram in de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban­ism, with a multi-dis­ci­plinary ap­proach that in­cludes theatre, vis­ual arts, pho­tog­ra­phy, lit­er­a­ture and de­bate. Bordeaux's cul­tural his­tory shows a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the im­por­tance of its land­scape, pub­lic spa­ces and ar­chi­tec­ture. Today it is a city in mo­tion, proud of its his­tory but res­o­lutely con­tem­po­rary, with an in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing of how de­sign and land­scape are in­te­gral to its des­tiny. 2017 marks a par­tic­u­larly mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for the city: on July 2, the su­per­fast LGV train line opens be­tween Paris and Bordeaux, re­duc­ing the travel time to 2h04. In hon­our of this oc­ca­sion, Bordeaux is host­ing an un­prece­dented cul­tural pro­gram called Paysages - or land­scapes.

It can be agreed... that noth­ing is more ap­pro­pri­ate than this cul­tural sea­son, ded­i­cated to the ar­rival of the high speed train,‘ said Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux.

There will be over a hun­dred events, with many events hav­ing sev­eral venues and dates, for a re­mark­able and dy­namic cul­tural sea­son. Artists are drawn from Bordeaux, and from across France and the in­ter­na­tional field. It's im­pos­si­ble to list all of the events, but here are a cou­ple of ex­am­ples. José-man­ual Gonçalvès, head of Parisian art cen­tre Cen­tqua­tre, of­fers an ex­cit­ing dig­i­tal project at the newly ren­o­vated Gare St-jean that aims to es­tab­lish a pow­er­ful di­a­logue with the land­scape. Gonçalvès will place an­thro­po­mor­phic sculp­tures ‘in places gen­er­ally re­served, not for sculp­ture, but for peo­ple.‘ The idea, ex­plained Gonçalvès, is to re­turn to 'Leonardo da Vinci's idea ac­cord­ing to which man is at the same time the cen­tral el­e­ment and the mea­sure of the land­scape.'

Chore­og­ra­pher and dancer Hamid Ben Mahi brings Get Up, Get Up, eight days of an itin­er­ant 'vil­lage', in­vest­ing pub­lic spa­ces with a wide range of ur­ban dances, per­for­mances, work­shops, balls - si­mul­ta­ne­ously thought­ful and spon­ta­neous, ac­cord­ing to Ben Mahi. ‘To land in un­ex­pected lo­ca­tions and gather ev­ery moment, ev­ery place, is to see the city dif­fer­ently, as an en­sem­ble of land­scapes in mo­tion,‘ said Ben Mahi.

‘Lastly, quite sim­ply, Agora is the il­lus­tra­tion of Bordeaux's ur­ban plan for the last twenty years‘


Four months of cul­tural di­a­logue be­tween arts with 'Paysages' event.


Michèle Laruë-char­lus, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Agora and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ur­ban plan­ning in Bordeaux.

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