Movement, texture and architectural detail in Lille 3000’s Fantastic

In early October I attended a Study Tour with East Street Arts to Leeds’ sister city Lille and Bradford’s sister city Roubaix. Around 15 artists, performers and arts professionals who are mainly based in Leeds went on the trip – we investigated artist-led projects and cultural projects now based in former industrial buildings.

We arrived on the weekend of Lille 3000’s opening weekend of the extensive programme entitled ‘Fantastic’. Over the long weekend, we visited several of the festival’s exhibitions. I was particularly engaged by the exhibition at former post office Tripostal, ‘Phantasia’ – where I was captivated by performance artist Nick Cave’s movement and sound–based performance to camera works – which were full of texture, flow, strange shapes and evoking multifarious images. I also really enjoyed the exhibition ‘Babel’ at Palais des Beaux-Arts – where I was inspired by the architectural imagery and the detail of this exhibition featuring a range of contemporary visual artists.



Nick Cave’s Sound-suits in Phantasia



Jerome Considérant’s work from 1977 – in Babel



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