Pitches Esch2022: Fourth Session

Pitches Esch2022: Fourth Session Match-making ©Esch2022

Productive meetings between companies and Esch2022 project developers 

How to facilitate meetings between Esch2022 project developers who need support and companies wishing to invest sustainably in specific projects, strengthen their social commitment and reach wider audiences? Esch2022 and the platform Inspiring More Sustainability (IMS) are organising the ‘Esch2022 Pitches’ webinars, a series of exciting monthly match-makings at lunchtime.  

During the fourth session, which was held on Friday 19 March 2021 from 1 to 2 pm, six project developers presented their projects for 3 minutes each before taking questions from interested companies. In the event of a ‘match’, companies can get in contact directly with the developers and develop a tailor-made strategy together with them. 

Aurélie Amyot and Nicolas Boritch from the non-profit organisation MY ART – Modulab (Metz) presented the project  “Mécaniques discursives“,   (‘Discursive Mechanics’), an installation that aims to initiate a dialogue between wood engraving and the latest digital technologies. For Esch2022, the facade of the “Arche”, the new cultural centre of Micheville, will be covered in a monumental fresco made of more than one hundred engravings that will be glued and printed on a surface of ​​1,400 sqm. At nightfall, light connections will illuminate the play between still and moving images. This artistically and technically challenging installation requires financial and in-kind support. In particular, we are looking for a 25-metre-high cherry picker to be used for assembly and an operator available for 1 month in February 2022. The implementation of three 4-metre-high wooden projection towers requires skills in woodworking and laser-cutting. Interested sponsors could benefit from private openings and meetings with the artists.  

Dimitri Mallet presented “L’heure bleue2022“ (‘The Blue Hour, 2022’), a project consisting of an ephemeral building in the natural environment of the Ellergronn natural reserve near Esch-Alzette. This temporary exhibition space will be empty and illuminated by white light. If visitors remain silent for one minute, the room turns blue. The space will also serve as a meeting point for events and walking tours about themes such as astrology, ecology, social and cultural history. Among the contributors are biologist Francis Martin, who will highlight the interaction between trees and fungi, and a Japanese cook who will lecture on the persistence of taste. The discussions will reflect present and future social and economic issues. The project is looking for funding and partnerships in kind (solid or raw wood, etc.). Private tours and workshops could be offered to interested patrons. The museum structure can be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.  

Doriane Thiéry presented the project “In the Field, un voyage sonore“ (In the Field, a sound journey’), an initiative of Les Ensembles 2.2, which is an interactive app-based literary saga telling the story of a tour around Belval. Visitors become the authors of an immersive audio narrative as they walk among the blast furnaces and make story choices. The sounds are based on field recordings, which provided the raw material for specially composed musical soundscapes. Six audio routes of a maximum duration of one hour each will be available to all audiences in six municipalities on both sides of the border. The project is particularly suitable for collaborations with businesses in the form of workshops, meetings or other solutions to be discussed. The routes will be maintained until 31 December 2023 and require sponsors to be extended beyond that date.  

La Marche des Oublié.e.s de l’Histoire(‘The March of Those that History Forgot’), presented by Clotilde Moynot and the theatre company Pièces Montées is a participatory theatrical project involving the local population through a series of artistic workshops around local memory. Spanning dance, video, object theatre, etc., the workshops will give rise to an exhibition and an itinerant show on both sides of the border in spring 2022. Writing workshops aimed at all audiences will unearth local histories on both sides of the border to create a parable on memory, forgetting, commitment and renunciation. The project requires financial partnership, individual means of transport for the 4 actors, the musician, the technician and the assistant director, as well as technical support for mobile sound and communication systems (sign language).  

The project ‘Working Class Heroes’ (Musée vun der Aarbecht – MUAR), initiated by the municipality of Kayl and presented by Marieke Jarvis, is a virtual museum aimed at all audiences that reflects on the past forms of labour in the form of lectures, workshops, book readings, artistic installations, etc. This off-site project involves direct visits to companies and workplaces. In these immersive exhibitions, visitors will be able to reflect on labour rights and share their experiences. ‘MUAR’, which in southern Luxembourgish dialect means ‘tomorrow’, aims to document the world of work, past and present, in a different way. The project is looking for exhibition premises within companies and for a cargo truck to ship the project to Kaunas, Esch2022’s twin city, where it will also be presented. After-workshops may be organised within the participating companies.  

Florence Martin, manager of the contemporary music ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin presented the project ‘33, 7’, which aims to represent the diversity of Esch and its region in 2,022 minutes of music based on cartographic mapping. The concerts will take place over the course of a weekend in September 2022 in different spaces of the Kulturfabrik. The repertoire will reflect the 122 nationalities living in Esch-Alzette. Composers will be commissioned to write pieces representing young Portuguese women, the Yemeni community, etc. The ensemble is looking for sponsorship for the composers’ fees and offers private performances to companies that support artistic creation. 

Companies and project developers wishing to participate can register by contacting Anne-Catherine Richard at Anne-Catherine.Richard@esch2022.lu. 

These meetings are part of the Business for culture club (BFCC), which brings together all companies wishing to contribute to Esch2022. Open to all and free, the Business for culture club allows companies to strengthen their visibility through their support (patronage, sponsorship, financial or in-kind support) by establishing privileged links with the cultural sector.  

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