Arteplage Mobile du Jura

Theme: Meaning and Motion

The Arteplage Mobile du Jura (AMJ) is the most whimsical and unpredictable of all arteplages. The modern converted former gravel barque cruises freely from one Arteplage to another and is constantly changing. The events and exhibitions on board are also characterised by unpredictability, which makes it an event every time - boisterous and, if necessary, defiant.

The Arteplage Mobile du Jura stands out: it is red and white. It also changes its appearance all the time, just as it slips into ever new roles.

The Arteplage Mobile du Jura with a thirst for freedom chooses her own paths, but always looks beyond her figurehead: everything that moves around her interests her. She listens, reports and comments on life in the country with greedy impudence. She is not afraid to make waves, and not only on the three lakes on which she cruises. She is not afraid of murky water and addresses all expo topics with her characteristic impudence.

As a pirate ship, the Arteplage Mobile du Jura is mobile in every sense of the word: she is changeable and independent, offering adventurous passengers a brief stay in space, time and their imagination.

The 7 chapters

The Arteplage Mobile du Jura also told a story in seven chapters. The theme of the story was Switzerland, today.

The chapters, each lasting 3 weeks, were organised by several rituals. The programme for each chapter was new, but the daily routine remained the same.

A day at the Arteplage Mobile du Jura

The daily programme at the Arteplage Mobile du Jura was divided into two afternoon trips at 14:00 and 16:00 and an evening event that began at 20:30. At weekends in particular, the Arteplage Mobile du Jura was transformed into a midnight lounge or club, with music until the early hours of the morning. When the moon was full, the Arteplage Mobile du Jura was open all night.

In the morning, the Arteplage Mobile du Jura was refuelled and cleaned so that it could set sail again in all its glory shortly afterwards.

In the afternoon, participation in the events was free of charge, while the evening events cost CHF 25.00. Tickets were available from the Ticketcorner or the Pavillons d'Information on all four Arteplages.

The 7 figureheads

Every three weeks, a new figurehead has adorned the ship of the Arteplage Mobile du Jura. Heroes, anti-heroes, historical and political myths, public figures or anonymous figures - even flesh and blood! - have taken their place and determined the content of the programmes for three weeks at a time.

Whether from Switzerland or abroad, whether representatives of culture, sport, science or business: the figureheads of the Arteplage Mobile du Jura had important things to say about the various themes or embodied them in an impressive way. Their primary task was to communicate internally and externally.

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The rituals of the Arteplage Mobile du Jura

Each chapter was opened and closed by a ritual.

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The Arteplage Mobile du Jura at the Arteplages

The Arteplage Mobile du Jura had its own mooring point at each Arteplage and during the 159 days it always turned up unexpectedly at an Arteplage.

When the Arteplage Mobile du Jura approaches a fixed Arteplage, it usually does so with an attack; the ingenious sound system on board allows the Arteplage Mobile du Jura to camouflage itself, as it pleases, using the sound of a flock of birds, an ocean liner or a speed-metalband. Once well moored, the crew, sometimes reinforced by members of the Théatre de l'Unité (Audincourt, France), gather to assault the Arteplage.

Team Arteplage Mobile du Jura Expo.02
Head of  Arteplage: Juri Steiner
Construction manager: Erdjan Opan
Operations manager: Vincent Jacquemet
Production manager: Franziska Doswald
Operational steering: Blaise Zaugg
Responsible for the technique of the programme: Jean-Claude Blaser, Nicolas Reymondin
Media officer: Carla Schubert-Rinaldi

Concept and programming
Johannes Gees (new media)
Daniel Hitzig (sociology)
Hannes Hug (music)
Armin Kerber (dramaturgy)
Michael Pfister (philosophy)
Pascal Rebetez (literature)
Juri Steiner (art)

Gino Esposto
Johannes Gees
Judith Hossli
Denis Inkei

Art Director
Marie Lusa

Dominique Bubanec
Maria Jaccard

Jean-Didier Bauer (pilot)
Michel Bernasconi (pilot)
Laurent Cerentola (pilot)
Simon Petrig (pilot)
Joe Gesseney (auxiliary pilot)
Adam Karpinski (auxiliary pilot)
Didier Pidoux (auxiliary pilot)
Diego Amstutz (mate)
Benjamin Cattin (mate)
Christof Hasler (mate)
Joël Joliat (mate)
Katy Longo (mate)
Pierre Alain "Billy" Papaux (mate)
Christoph Ramseier (mate)
Michael Vögeli (mate)

Technical equipment
Christof Hasler (sound technician)
Joël Joliat (lighting technician)
Katy Longo (lighting technician)
Christoph Ramseier (sound technician)
Michael Vögeli (video)

Stefano Stoll (production)
Pius Tschumi (event manager)

Eddy Blans
Philippe Wütschert

Pascal Richina (responsible)
Isabelle Dennier
Roland Perret