À Cris Ouverts

"À Cris Ouverts"– title of the 6th edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes - Contemporary Art Biennale—sounds to the ear "or says" other than it reads: 'with wide open screams / or crisis / or verse / or green’. It aims to reflect on different ways of being by opening up and enacting distinct paths, not only through dissonance but also through contestation (and sometimes) through the break of meaning that happens with the embracing of the unknown.

Rather than having recourse to a structure where artworks should de facto fit into themes, the two appointed curators of this 6th edition—Étienne Bernard, Director of Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, and Céline Kopp, Director of Triangle France, Marseille—intend to present a plurality of artistic practices that operate in the break of the systems that rule our contemporary societies.

To this end, this Biennale project aims to gather about thirty international artists who have been shaping different ways to inhabit the world, and who are reflecting on distinct imaginaries of a collective whole. The exhibitions will show large bodies of work and new commissions specifically produced for the occasion.

Keeping with the investigations carried out by the Biennale’s previous editions on the links between art and economy, the participating artists of this 6th edition are looking beyond the established principles of domestication in which the subordination and management of other subjectivities –human, non–human or post–human– have imposed themselves as the only way to secure value and inhabit the social and natural world.

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Les Ateliers de Rennes and Art Norac

Les Ateliers de Rennes — Art for the City

For 10 years, Les Ateliers de Rennes has been exploring the themes Art&Economy / Art&Business. During each edition, a new curator is invited to revisit this theme. The event’s functioning itself is one of a kind as two-third of its budget come from private funds.

The organization of Les Ateliers de Rennes builds on the following basic principles:

  • Support and promote the production of new artworks
  • Expose a wider public to contemporary art
    Numerous actions of mediation are implemented to achieve this goal: partnerships and school visits, organization of customized tours, extramural workshops in schools, and projects with the audience who has the least access to culture.
  • Find synergies, in Rennes, with the local cultural actors and institutions, makes this event an example of private/public partnership at the service of the city and its territory.
  • A monitoring committee—gathering representatives of exhibition venues, institutional partners, and art professionals—vouches for the smooth running of the event.

Art Norac : nonprofit organization for art patronage of the Norac group

Art Norac runs the sponsoring actions of the Rennes-based food group Norac.
Implemented in 2005 by Bruno Caron—President and Founder of the group—the organization supports contemporary art creation and ensures its diffusion to the general public and to the collaborators of Norac group’s societies.

For the Norac group, Art Norac is a way to contribute to the society while materializing its corporate social responsibility, in Rennes, where its head office has been located for many years.

The main activity of Art Norac is the organization of Les Ateliers de Rennes. It also supports many other initiatives and contemporary art actors in Rennes and in Brittany, such as the MAE Master, 40mcube, the archives de la critique d’art, which are otherwise partners of Les Ateliers de Rennes.