For one of the broadcasts of the programme “Where to start?”, the Relais Culture Europe has been looking for artists, researchers and pedagogues who develop a reflection around the notion of generative practices. This programme wishes to explore how to do things but in the poetic sense of a poiesis, in the sense of a process that is realised itself in action, through the making of things and practices that are socially engaged, through the generative aspects of creation and co-creation.
The Relais Culture Europe has met Julie Ramage, artist in residence at the Cité internationale des arts, and her project Ghostmarkets, and took part in the exhibition held in Bétonsalon from 11 to 12 September 2020.
Cover picture: © Céline Lanfranco
Ghostmarkets was born out of a research-creation project that began in prison in September 2019. Taking as a starting point the ban on currency in the prison space, economists, anthropologists, archaeologists and choreographers were then invited to collaborate with a working group set up inside the prison walls.
The research quickly evolved towards the way in which exchanges influence the relationships between bodies: trust or distrust, provocation or complicity mark the prison choreographies. The participants propose the creation of a “currency of esteem” made of sugar and concrete, whose face value is indexed to the greeting rituals of detention; it guarantees, when entrusted to a peer, loyalty and assistance in all situations.
Following the interruption of the project in March 2020, the idea was born to create a “ghost film” from the preparatory documents of the aborted shooting: a living archive deploying the dialogue outside the walls, to place it in the context of the economic and health crisis we are going through.
Radio Commons is partnering with artist Julie Ramage to offer a reinterpretation of this work during an afternoon of radio discussions and readings.
Project management and performance: Julie Ramage
Installation: Julie Ramage, Marina Ledrein, Jean-Pierre Aubry
With: Mouhad.S., JDH, Younès, Kapo, J-Marie Koeta, Habib, Silva, Ben, Christophe, Brali, Sparafucile, Youssef Rhnima, Philippe T., Ilich, John Dow, Olivier Royer-Perez, Melchior Simioni, David Rabouin, Sonia Manseri, Nadeera Rajapakse, Alice Mulliez, Van-Kim Tran, Laurence Mongin, Christophe Ramage
Pictures of the slideshow: © Julie Ramage