Art and urban interventions, Biennal of Bordeaux, France.
First edition: Collective Intimacy. October 9-18 2009.

Co-curator of public gatherings.
Hosted the opening public debate inviting artists, critics, sociologists, curators and the public to intervene around the thematic of the event “Collective Intimacy”.
Developed 21 projects for public space interventions by invited artists, linking urban artworks with participation of local communities.


The first edition of this new biennial event took place throughout the urban public space of the city of Bordeaux (France). This first edition presented artistic, theoretical and performative interventions by over 50 participants, articulated by the notion of Collective Intimacy, the concept proposed by its curator, Didier Fiúza Faustino.

Collective Intimacy
The concept is an invitation to consider the city as a mental territory that draws together the sum of the lived experiences and trajectories that constitute our inner sense of the city. Prior to any strictly physical territorial reality, the city represents the emotional territory of each one — our collective intimacy.

Urban artworks
Participants were invited to intervene in Bordeaux’s public space and provoke several experiences around the idea of collective intimacy. 21 commissions were itinerant urban artworks that interacted with different contexts, people and places during the 10 days of the event.
Urban artworks by: Dennis Adams, Lara Almarcegui, Pedro Barateiro, Collectif Berlin, Democracia, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Julia Wolfe, Johannes Gees, Amos Gitai, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Florian Hecker, Tadashi Kawamata, Seulgi Lee, Nicolas Lelièvre, MA Asso, MAP office, Nicolas Milhé, Monoquini, Jean-Luc Moulène, muf architecture/art, João Onofre, Olivier Peyricot, Anri Sala, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Kristina Solomoukha, Laurent Tixador, Oscar Tuazon, Raphaël Zarka,…

Discussions, concerts and performances
Didier Fiúza Faustino has invited a group of contributing curators to organise a program of discussions, concerts and performances that would expand on the notion of collective intimacy.

Bruce Bégout, Cláudia Martinho, Inês Moreira and Marcin Szczelina proposed a series of discussions about new political practices in the city: a public debate to unfold and expand notions of collective intimacy, a theoretical exploration of intimacy, sex and gender in terms of bold shifts in generic boundaries, a nocturnal experience about human peregrinations in sprawling global cities, a debate on the rise of urban fear and security issues, a geographical exploration of Bordeaux through satellite imagery,…

The concerts and performances organized by Florent Mazzoleni and Joana Seguro are envisioned as crossover encounters between artists from different cultures with different forms of musical expression. For the first three days of evento, these open moments of exchange are held in the heart of the city, where the artworks are temporarily gathered.


Exhibition: Insiders – practices, customs, know-how
Lainé Warehouse, “arc en rêve” architecture center, CAPC museum of contemporary art.
Curated by Francine Fort and Charlotte Laubard

Exhibition: Luanda Smooth and Rave
Curated by Fernando Alvim. In collaboration with the Sindika Dokolo Foundation.

Exhibition: Citations
A project by Amos Gitai, at the Submarine Base.

Collective Intimacy: sharing experiences

The notion of collective intimacy in the city evokes shared experiences, urban practices attached to certain places, social rituals common to groups of individuals. However, this kind of spontaneous and organic movements tend to fade from our daily lives and from public space, raising questions about our personal practices and our perception of the collective, in our relationship to others and to the city. Today we need to engage research and actions on alternative ways of opening up public space to new forms of social, political and cultural sharing.

In this sense, evento 2009 is a time of critical thought, a collective experience that seeks to activate public space through the infiltration of dysfunctional situations and unexpected encounters, which may question our practices and usages of urban space, our relationship to others in everyday life, our shared personal needs, thus opening up new perspectives for collective acts.

Cláudia Martinho, 18 June 2009

Public Gathering

Curated by Cláudia Martinho, Inês Moreira and Marcin Szczelina

Contributing a little further to the disentanglement and recomposition of the relationships inscribed in the expression of Intime Collectif, a public gathering took place on October 10, 2009. “Intimate and Collective: public debate” is envisioned as an exchanging moment that will seek to unfold and expand the core concept of evento 2009 provoking multi-perceptions on the notions implicated.

What kind of experiences do the invited artists address in their works for evento? How is intimacy and collectif co-inhabiting in the everyday? Under what forms and situations does it expresses itself?

Three guest architects/researchers – Cláudia Martinho, Inês Moreira and Marcin Szczelina – offered three very different opening readings of what Intimate and Collective stands for.
Cláudia Martinho addresses the political and social dimension of Collective Intimacy questionning collective experiences and the sharing of intimate perceptions as a means to (re)appropriation of public space.
Inês Moreira questions whether Intime Collectif can be clearly defined, positing it as an ephemeral condition and non-predictive relational moment, occurring beyond declared “intimate collectives”.
As for Marcin Szczelina, his approach suggests notions of individual immersion in space and corporeal perception of collective intimacy as a way of understanding architecture of influences, without precise borders.

For evento 2009, they have invited a significant group of artists participating in evento: Dennis Adams, Lara Almarcegui, Democracia, Johannes Gees, MAP Office, muf architecture/art, Laurent Tixador, Miroslaw Balka and a group of architects, sociologists, theorists, art historians, critics or curators: Maurizio Bortolotti, Peter Cook, Joseph Grima, Sam Jacob / FAT, Doreen Mende, Paolo Plotegher, Anne Querrien, Mårten Spångberg / International Festival, Juri Steiner, Pelin Tan, Felix Vogel, Henry Urbach to interrelate and further the discussions.

The research on Intimate Collective contributed to activate a vocabulary and a blog with contributions by invited guests and artists’ production processes. The public debate took place at the evento meeting point on October 10, in the big tent set up in the center of Bordeaux, by the Garonne. Here, three screens, an informal audience, a DJ and a local radio station were provoked to performatively expand on the notion of Intime Collectif.

Special issue on Arq./A, architecture and art magazine, nov-dec 09