Klaxon

Klaxon Journal

Online journal dedicated to the living arts in public spaces
 

Published by CIFAS, in collaboration with IN SITU, a European network dedicated to artistic creation in the public space, KLAXON publishes two issues per year, in French and English, in PDF, Kindle and e-Book formats.

Publishing director: Benoit Vreux.
Editor in chief: Pascal Le Brun-Cordier.
Editorial Secretary: Céline Estenne.

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Klaxon reflects CIFAS' interest for "living" artistic intervention in the public space, an interest that has taken the form of several urban practice workshops, as well as thematic meetings and workshops within the Urban Academy on Art and the City, extended since 2014 to a series of living artworks presented in the public space under the banner SIGNAL.

New number: Klaxon 12
"Reconfiguring the Imaginaries of the Living"

How can creation in public space transform our representations of "nature", change our attention patterns, sharpen our sensibilities, and suggest alternative relationships to non-human living beings?
These are the questions we try to answer in the three sequences of this issue: retrospective - with eight milestone creations that make us see the living differently, a focus on Ce qui m'est dû, an uppercut show about the climate catastrophe, and an investigation into Oerol, a festival on an island in the north of the Netherlands where man is no longer at the centre of artistic imagination; perspectives - with a conversation between Thierry Boutonnier, an artist rooted in the living, and Estelle Zhong Mengual, an art historian specialising in art in common, a focus on Maria Lucia Cruz Correia, an artist and activist who places the climatic and environmental emergency at the centre of her work, and a text by Marielle Macé, the author of the famous manifesto of creative resistance Nos cabanes, on what ties the "swales" to us in the context of a day dedicated to water in Brussels ; prospective - with an illustrated presentation of the punk and animist universe of Alessandro Pignocchi, former researcher in cognitive sciences who became author of graphic novels that testify to a possible "recomposition of the world".

 

 

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Because the imaginary is not "a smoke or a sweet dream" but "what bridges the action" (Damasio), because it is urgent to reconfigure our imaginaries of the living, Klaxon dedicates this issue to artists concerned with working on the "recomposition of the world".

Reconfiguring the Imaginaries of the Living

11

By claiming to have a plural approach to urban spaces, artists stand out from the approaches deployed by professionals who are traditionally in charge of transforming the built environment, whether they are urban planners, engineers or architects. This issue of Klaxon is devoted to what will be called the "factory of urbanity".

Artists Creating Urbanity

10

Performing art in public space is undeniably consensual, for it operates in shared space. At a time, however, when the institutionally preferred modus vivendi is to claim consensus in order to avoid being challenged, it strikes us as critical that artists not forget the vital role that disagreement, and even conflict, plays in democracy.

Dissent in the City

9

For some years now, we have been witnessing the "singular" resurrection of ideas of sharing, the principles of pooling as well as collective actions and the reinvention of community rules. But, as the American philosopher Judith Butler has underlined, whenever people come together in public space, it is often to demonstrate about the fact that they are being deprived access to it, or that their rights have been flouted or threatened: hence, these gathering are at once an expression of resistance and a sign of vulnerability.

The City, Together

8

Nowadays, public space is no longer limited to streets, squares, or even “public” buildings, but also comprises the Web, digital exchanges, as well as technological prostheses that steer and find us. Klaxon’s 8th edition zeroes in on this proximity between the digital world and the physical world—specifically in the urban sphere.

The Augmented City

7

Confronted with terror, what can art do? “Care” was one of the options explored, here by Joan Tronto. This issue also echoes artistic approaches that focus on interactive forms in society in the interest of the other, integrating the notion of care—without yielding to sentimentality in any form.

 
 

Between Care and Terror

6

This sixth issue of Klaxon continues in a similar dynamic vein to our previous issue, which was also devoted to the theme of social justice. We would now like to introduce you to new forms of thinking on or artistic practices aiming to restore public space/s to bodies usually relegated to the margins: here, we will focus on experiences by women, by Roma, by young people and immigrants, by the homeless and the sick, by transgender people. 

 

For an Inclusive City

5

In this fifth issue, we question the place of the excluded body in city neighbourhoods, those alienated bodies rejected by cultural or social practices due to their perceived strangeness and difference.

Towards a Fairer City

4
In Klaxon 4, we discuss the notion of participation that is to be found more and more in artistic actions in public space. 
 

The City is Ours!

2

The second issue of Klaxon observes this particular place where Art in Public Space adjoins or even becomes political activism.

Political City

3

Klaxon 3 directly addresses those artistic practices that endeavour to redefine the lines drawn in our cities.

Mapped-out City

1

The first issue of Klaxon focuses on living art in the city from a societal perspective.

Society City

How to read Klaxon's files?

How to read on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

These ebooks can be read in the free iBooks app. Not all iPhones/iPods come pre-installed with iBooks. If you are on an iOS device, please download the iBooks app for free. 

If you are on your iOS device:

  1. Download the epub file using the Safari browser
  2. When prompted, select “Open in iBooks”

You may also transfer the books using iTunes.

 

 

How to read on e-readers such as Kobo, Nook or Sony Reader

Note that only color or recent devices display audio/video medias.

  1. Download the epub file
  2. Connect your e-reader to your computer and access it in Finder (Mac) or Windows Explorer (PC)
  3. Locate the book folder
  4. Drag and drop the epub file in this folder

On NOOK: turn on Publisher defaults.

  1. Tap on the ebook’s page. A pop up menu will appear.
  2. Click the text button
  3. Switch on the Publisher Defaults.

 

 

How to read on Kindle

You can manually transfer the ebook file to your Kindle. Please note that audio/video will not play in ebooks sideloaded onto Kindles (but you can use Kindle Previewer on your computer).

  1. Download the mobi file
  2. Connect the Kindle to your computer
  3. The Kindle will load as a storage device called “kindle” on the Desktop (Mac) or My Computer (PC)
  4. Open the folder called “documents” located inside the “kindle” storage device
  5. Drag and drop the mobi file to the “documents” folder on your Kindle

 

 

How to read on an Android device

  1. Install the Universal Book Reader App (for free)
  2. Download the epub file
  3. When prompted, select Universal Book Reader to open

You may also import any epub from your downloads files in the app library.

 

 

How to read on a Windows Phone or Tablet

  1. Install the app Freda (for free)
  2. Download the epub book on your device
  3. When prompted, select Freda to open your book

You may also import your book from the Freda library

 

 

How to read on BlackBerry

  1. Install the FBReader app
  2. Use the integrated browser/downloader to open your CIFAS ebook

 

 

How to read on a computer running on Windows OS

In order to read an ebook file on your computer, you must have a reading app installed. We recommend Adobe Digital Editions, available for quick and free download. Audio/video medias will not play on Adobe Digital Editions but you can access them online using the alternatives hypertexts.

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Download the epub file to your computer
  3. Double click the file to open in Adobe Digital Editions

 

 

How to read on a Mac

In order to read an ebook file on your computer, you must have a reading app installed. We recommend Adobe Digital Editions, available for quick and free download. Audio/video medias will not play on Adobe Digital Editions but you can access them online using the alternatives hypertexts.

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Download the epub file to your computer
  3. Double click the file to open in Adobe Digital Editions

 

 

How to read on a computer running on Linux

It depends on which version of OS X you're using. You can check that by clicking on the apple on your desktop’s upper left corner and selecting “About This Mac.” 
If using OS X 10.9 Mavericks

  1. Download the epub ebook file to your computer
  2. Double click the file to read in iBooks

If using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or older

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Download the epub ebook file to your computer
  3. Double click the file to open in Adobe Digital Editions

 

 

In order to read an ebook, you will have to install a software. We recommend the EPUBReader Firefox add-on.

  1. Install Mozilla Firefox
  2. Download and add EPUBReader to Firefox
  3. Download the ebook file in Firefox. It will automatically be opened with EPUBReader
  4. Click on the settings icon. Chech "As defined in the book"