Nomadic Tales project: 1999-2001
The project Nomadic Tales gathered artists from 9 European countries and from different artistic fields in order to collaborate in a collective work under the themes of "mobility" and "solidarity", inspired by the values of traditionally nomadic people.
The purpose of the project was to help children discover the artistic heritage of European nomadic cultural groups, and to build up links between artists and children of the MUS-E Network. On the basis of Romani and Saami tales and cultural elements from other groups, a work of interactive creation was carried out by 9 artists from the MUS-E Network, who produced more than 100 video works.
The project proposed an artistic response to the current problematic (then and now) of human displacements triggered by wars and difficult economic or social climate in numerous countries. How to create more solidarity towards these people who live in forced nomadism? The experimental video works produced during the project are considerations without judgement. Ironic, poetic, graphic and sometimes even humorous.
New communication technologies and International exchanges
A fast extranet (ADSL, TV cable) allowed this distant collective creation. Drawings, pictures, videos and sounds were being exchanged between the participants. Advisers provided guidance to artists and organised trainings in new technologies.
Video art training
During the process of the project, the artists had to familiarise themselves with the world of images. They learned the codes of the image: shooting, editing, and production, which represented a pilot experience in the practice of video art.
The tangible production of the project includes:
- 100 final video productions made by the MUS-E artists
- a Catalogue and a Demo cd, showing video stills and videos from 45 video works
- a website created by the artists
The intangible outcomes of the project have been
- a greater respect between cultures, through deeper understanding of respective values
- familiarising with nomadic cultures in Europe
- artistic exchanges and cooperation on a real European level
Furthermore, the project gave birth to the idea of the "nomadic hotel"!
For more information please visit the project's website: www.contesnomades.org