Centre Artasia Paris Presents a Unique Cultural Project entitled Erase and Restart
Centre Artasia Paris is a unique artistic hub located in the central zone of the French capital. The multifunctional space appears to have the role of an art gallery, but it is however much more than a simple exhibition space. While it is primarily focused on strengthening the relations between Asia and the rest of the world, it offers a range of programs which could be of interest to all artists, especially the young, emerging ones. Their latest endeavor is reflected in the establishment of a special artist-in-residence program, called Erase and Restart. The concept of the program is based on the idea that art is bigger than the final product of creation.
Real Workshops inside the Exhibition Space
The program invites artists to create an exhibition within the gallery space, and to choose their own means to do it. Each artist agrees to be engaged in a 30-day-long “performance”, which involves 10 days of preparation, and the remaining days are reserved for exhibiting. But here’s the twist – the preparation is actually the centerpiece, since the audience is free to enter the gallery at any time, and to observe, perhaps even participate in the creative process, if the artists allow it. Since the gallery is located in a fairly busy district, it is almost guaranteed that the show will be seen by lots of different people, and naturally, chances are that the creative process will raise greater attention than the final outcome.
Ongoing and Upcoming Shows – Romain Froquet and Alexandre d’Alessio
Erase and Restart is conceived as a series of consecutive exhibitions – which are really more than just that – and it aims to promote talented people in a fresh way. The title of the project comes from its basic principles: after one artist is done, everything is effaced, and taken over by the next creative. Artasia Paris has already hosted, and is currently hosting, several shows related to the program: those of Jumbo Tsui (Invisible Truth), Romain Froquet (Highway) and Alexandre d’Alessio (Restart). The shows by Froquet and d’Alessio are ongoing – the preview began on March 18th, and the exhibition will be on view from April 14th through May 10th. Later in May, the centre will welcome Mateus Bailon.
Exciting Innovations at Artasia Paris
The organizers put emphasis on the importance of artistic realization, which they would like to bring closer to the public. The idea that a piece of art is more than just the static piece that people see at exhibitions is a bit reminiscent of the Dadaist logic, and this feels like a good opportunity to pay tribute to that ideology, from a contemporary point of view. Since Artasia is very passionate about the project, they offer financial support for artists who apply for the program. All the other information are available on their official website. And in case you’re not an artist, but an enthusiastic art lover, take a chance to participate in the true, one-on-one art making!
Featured images: Romain Froquet at Centre Artasia Paris; Alexandre d’Alessio – Restart; Romain Froquet – Highway, exhibition view. All images courtesy of Artasia Paris.