HOTEL CHARLEROI 2013: OPEN CALL FOR RESIDENTS
The structures of the 4th edition of HOTEL CHARLEROI are set. This year we will research and realize projects in Marchienne-au-Pont in collaboration a.o. with L’Eden and BPS22. Marchienne-au-Pont (in short Marchienne) was a commune on its own before it became part of Charleroi during the merge-of-communes-policy in 1977.
Marchienne is the most affected part of Charleroi concerning social struggle caused by the crash of industry. Due to cheap living possibilities it was a hotspot for migration in the past, when the city needed working power. With the turning down of work, ethnic and social prejudices started to dominate the urban life. Those who were not able to move away are confronted with tristesse. It seems that Marchienne plays the role of the anti-gentrification area within the city of Charleroi; people from Charleroi call it the „4th World“. The everyday madness and absurdity was subjectively documented by journalist and filmmaker Richard Olivier in „Marchienne de vie“ in 1994.
As a contrast to this depressing panorama, Marchienne developed in the last years a very dynamic associative community. Numerous citizen initiatives and state-founded institutions emerged in the last decades, with social purpose (help service Espace Citoyen), cultural purpose (underground temple Rockerill), or more generally a mix of both (MAI’tallurgie biannual festival).
One of the guiding principles of HOTEL CHARLEROI is to start every year from point Zero. This year´s point Zero is „Rue de Mons“, the road leading from the industrial area of Charleroi to Marchienne. The peculiar urbanisation of Rue de Mons might offer an overview of the development of Marchienne in the last decades (see map below). We are interested in possibilities that art production can offer in a location like Marchienne. Which dialog can emerge between specialists standing outside of the situation and locals? Which discussions and interventions, possibly away from art creation, make sense in such a context?
We would like to invite about ten artists and professionals who share our interests to take part in HOTEL CHARLEROI 2013. Like in former years, they will be invited to come twice (or more) to Charleroi / Marchienne: for a residency period in which they will develop a site-specific project, and for the preparation of a public event incorporating this project, that will take place alongside Rue de Mons from 31st August till 8th September 2013.
If you wish to join us in Marchienne, we kindly ask you for two things:
1. Can you describe your motivation for taking part in this project?
2. Can you send us a documentation of a few works, and explain how you relate them to our project and/or the context of Marchienne?
Please send your answers to these questions, with additional information if you wish, to firstname.lastname@example.org before 14th April 2013. The invited residents will be informed for 22nd April.
Participating artists and professionals will be invited for a research residency in Marchienne that will take place between 13th and 26th May and/or between 1st and 14th July. If you don´t have time within these periods please mention it in your application, individual arrangements can be made. The project will be realized between 19th August and 8th September.
HOTEL CHARLEROI will provide accommodation and money for travel costs during these periods, as well as production money for the realization of the resident’s project. The money at disposal is not fixed yet and will vary from project to project. We believe that personal engagement is the main criteria to take part in HOTEL CHARLEROI and hope that you will be interested to join us although we might work, like each year, with small budgets. Thank you for understanding.
ROUTE DE MONS / RUE DE LA PROVIDENCE / RUE DE MONS
Palais des Expositions de Charleroi
Colossal congress hall built in the fifties
Terril des Piges
One of many artificial hills, remnants from coal industry time
Cokery and steel production factory, closed 2008 and 2012 after this photo was made
Brand new gas power plant, built 2010 after this photo was made
Former factory bought by local artists, now temple of Post-industrial underground art and music
Alaaddin Camii Mosque
Marchienne-au-Pont train station
Direct connections to Brussels every hour
Historical church, city hall, library and swimming pool
Brasserie des Alliés
Modernist Brewery born out of the union of small breweries in 1935; today in a pretty bad shape
Diverse cheap stores, typical of Belgian "national roads"
Headquarters of italian community
Maison Pour Associations
Public institution offering facilties for local citizen associations
Bords de Sambre
Elements of a pittoresque landscape
A surrealistic journey from Charleroi to the countryside