Self-initiated urban installation
Sponsored by Comission culturelle de la ville d’Yverdon-les-Bains

"L'eau à la rencontre de la Ville" ("Water meets the city") was a temporary urban installation created for the city of Yverdon-les-Bains and its inhabitants, on the the occasion of the 150 years of the Jura water correction (1868).

Because of the water correction, the water height of the lake decreased with 2,70m and the shoreline with 400m from the city center of Yverdon, affecting the historical relationhip between the city and the lake. This ‘gained’ waterfront territory, in fact a place of high potential, remains a no-man’s land, with various heterogeneous realities; industries, residences, asphalt paths, green fields, walls and unspoken buildings, blocking the routes from the city center to the lake.

The installation consisted of five segments that created a new "scenographic path" that subtly restored the original shoreline. Each one of the fragments was placed on a specific encounter point between the original lakeshore line and the main elements of the present context that define the identity of the area.

The installation invited the public to stop at each one of the segments, to reflect on the past and history, to feel the present and to question the future and the future potential of the city.

In order to deepen this experience, to activate the area and foster the emergence of these reflections for the future of the city, collaborations have been made with regional artists. The installation served as a platform, support or constraint to the creation of five artistic performances, vibrating between sound and light, music, theater and dance, during La Dérivée festival in the summer of 2018. The program of events was made in collaboration with Margaux Genton and Association ICI.

Special thanks to artists: Simon Rouiller, Le Collectif Necto, Bazil Felix, Maëlle Gross and Ramon Landolt & Tapiwa Svovse.

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