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The MultiPistes Project

A multi-stage collaborative contemporary arts project


MultiPistes is a collaborative project featuring artistic productions, site-specific events and publications. The project aims to create interactions between contemporary art and the general public, engaging new audiences, and reflecting on different political and cultural conditions. Captured in four bullet points, MultiPistes will comprise:

  • exhibitions and other artistic events involving experiences in different territories, including among others Morocco, the Netherlands, Egypt, South Africa and Spain;
  • two conferences reflecting on and exchanging ideas about curatorial approaches and networking both inside and outside of cultural institutions. The conferences will take place in Rabat at the beginning and in Amsterdam at the end of MultiPistes;
  • a series of publications relating to each art project, and one general publication by all the curators and invited authors with critical analyses of the curatorial methods; and
  • this website, providing information on and documenting each project. In addition, the website will host two internet based projects.

The term ‘MultiPistes’ is inspired by a French concept used for musical recordings along multiple tracks (‘pistes’) embodying, in this case, a project using independent tracks that interact and operate simultaneously.

Curators : Bassam El-Baroni, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Khwezi Gule, Abdellah Karroum, Eline van der Vlist, and Sandrine Wymann.

Artists and Authors : Youssouf Amine Elalamy & Philippe Délis, Lucy Azibuike, Dineo Bopape, Seamus Farrell, Donna Kukama, Marian Kunonga, Latifa Laâbissi, Jimmy Ogonga, Younès Rahmoun, Daniel Roth, Toyin Sokefun-Bello & Uchechukwa James-Iroha, Sonia Sultuane, Stephen Wilks, and Carlo Zanni.

Places and Contexts : Alexandria (EGY), Amsterdam (NL), Canary Islands & Southern Spain (ES), Countryside (NL), Martil (MA), Rabat (MA), Rif mountains (MA), Rotterdam (NL), Route between NL-MA, Tangiers (MA), the worldwide web.

Avoiding geopolitical considerations, MultiPistes is based on different artists’ strategies and their relation to each other within an international context. A common thread that runs through all the projects is the desire to creatively impact upon and within day-to-day living. Covering a wide range of mediums, the projects will mostly take place outside regular art scenes.

MultiPistes offers audiences the possibility to experience artistic projects in progress. The project mirrors the image of contemporary houses in many countries, built as an open-ended structure. On the roof, steel structures in readiness for another storey, when the time comes.

MultiPistes takes place from May 2007 to January 2009

With the generous support by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam in connection with the project Intendant Culturele Diversiteit.