Jacques Attali Humanity must be able to live in one place to build and as nomads to invent. FR EN

-  Who are we?  -

Art Across Frontiers is a nomadic platform

for research on the weaving and interweaving

of cultures

Our hot air balloon is a travelling research platform. A platform may be defined as an elevated workstation. The fact that it travels endows it with movement. On this hot air balloon, we work closely with populations on an area of cultural research somewhere between art and anthropology, where physical and spiritual transcendence combine.
Our flight plan is to protect cultures through the weaving and interweaving of nomadic and sedentary traditions.
The basic principle behind weaving is based on the interaction of a mobile part - the weft through a shuttle - and a fixed part - the warp. The warp provides the structure and the weft the color and design. Like two actors playing out History and our civilizations, the immobile part is like the sedentary part of our societies and the traveling part is like the nomadic part. Like the weft, nomadic cultures add color and contribute to innovation, from fire to art, from writing to metallurgy, from agriculture to music. Like the warp, sedentary cultures provide color and develop major innovations. We also talk about the weaving of cultures when we encourage interaction and sharing between sedentary cultures and nomadic or primitive cultures. Weaving implicitly refers to the function of protection. We talk about weaving as a technique and interweaving as human encounters in a search to preserve our shared cultural heritage.
Art Across Frontiers A nest protects baby birds. The skin is the primary barrier that protects a body, clothing protects humans from the elements... all things woven have a protective function. We want to weave cultures to protect them.

-  Our philosophy  -

There was a time when artisans were highly respected and the vehicles through which philosophers and scholars alike could learn about the reality. Faced with the failure of doctrines, can artisanry contribute to the birth of a new consciousness?
René Schwaller de Lubicz Let us observe the phases of history. The eras that were the most fruitful, the most inspired and the most alive always bore witness to flourishing artisanry. Artisanry only, not doctrine, can reawaken the consciousness of peoples.
In some places, art and artisanry are still considered a science in its own right, or at the very least, a major discipline like astronomy or medicine. Artisanry therefore constitute a key to achieving wisdow through a sensitive approach of the world.
Art Across Frontiers intends to take a tour of world artisanry in its Hot Air Balloon!
Head for the Himalayas!

-  Our mission  -

Art Across Frontiers is a platform around which artists will gather, enabling nomadic and sedentary cultures to meet through the practice of arts

and artisanry.

In the Himalayas, we know that the winter is a special period for artistic and artisanal activity and transmission. The warmer spring days mark the beginning of farming activities, and the villagers cannot farm and weave at the same time. Since we do not want to interfere with the inhabitants' natural rhythms, and we do wish to help provide some supplemental income, we take action during the off-seasons. Second, the distance from these economic centers maintains poverty in these forgotten territories. Therefore, occasional extra income is usually welcomed for those populations. - Around this same project, we will gather the knowledge of sedentary countries with those of nomadic peoples so that each artisan can become enriched by the differences they encounter and so that each culture can reveal itself through another. In one sense, this method creates an image of the arts and artisans in the most remote areas of the world, awakens them by stimulating the creativity of artisans and revives them by promoting transmission. We call upon these artisans for occasional, but regular, economic efforts so that they can rest easier for the remainder of the year. However, we also help them establish shared cultural spaces within which they can continue to get together and preserve their social fabric. In another sense, we enable well established and less well-established artisans to break out of their routine and find new creativity that is respectful of others so that the knowledge that came from afar can continue through the transmission of contemplated, recently enriched knowledge. Through this sincere, cooperative artistic work and through the unique works generated by this original, multidimensional meaningful communication, we hope to "do our part" in helping restore consciousness from above the clouds.

-  Meet  -

With the help of Loomy, weaver and interweaver of cultures through the weaving of his own body, Art Across Frontiers is meeting artisans who still have excep-tional expertise and bring them together to work on collaborative, cross-border projects. We will also encourage exchanges and the transmission of knowledge so that this rich culture is never forgotten.
Loomy our beacon our encounters maker
Loomy is an unusual weaver and interweaver of cultures from a faraway planet where values are measure by the ability to weave ties between individuals. In 2014, Loomy was sent to Earth and climbed aboard the Art Across Frontiers hot air balloon to recreate ties between humans through the weaving of his own body. Loomy is our beacon, the one who facilitates encounters during the many voyages we undertake. Thanks to Loomy's unique knowledge, his weaving guides our expeditions. This is sort of our "breadcrumb trail" expertise, around which other artists gravitate with their varied know-how.
On our next voyage, Loomy wants to walk 
in the shoes of nomads, semi-nomads and primitive peoples of five continents through a shared form of expertise:weaving. Starting next year, Loomy will share with us a tent made of the balloon and embark again upon encounters with Himalayan weavers. Loomy is so nice. Weaving with him is easier than with traditional looms Diskit Angmo et Tsering Lamo Likir Valley
Subsequently, one family's artisan weaves half of Loomy's body and another family's artisan weaves the second half of the body with a certain technical continuity and graphic complementarity. We call the result of this remote encounter, of this colla-boration a metamorphosis. Quickly, Loomy is no longer a form to weave, but a character that has united a household, a family. Thanks to his keen eye and uncanny memory, he provides us with multi-dimensional information about environ-ments in which we evolve, enabling us to obtain information on exceptional artisans. These are the basic conditions for our inventory, transmission and merging work. With the support of our partner Mirrix, Loomy is our first point of contact with these populations. Contact with Loomy is very pleasant. What we like most about him is that you can weave with him, inside or outside. Dechen Dolma and Jigmet Spaldon Nubra Valley
Loomy is an unusual character. His body is made of many threads and he has yellow limbs. When we first met, I could see through his skeleton. The weaving of his own body enables people to come in contact with him. We take the time to exchange with each other. He spoke to me of purple, like the color of monks robes, of a greenish-blue, like the color of the rivers he flew over, of black and white, of the shadow and the light that there was in each being. - Tsering Dolma - Spiti Valley

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-  Identify -

THE BALLOON

With the support of the international Planète Balloon network, The Balloon has become a mobile living space comprised in part of hot air balloon fabric. During

our future winter expeditions in the heart of mountains unlike any other in the world, we are going to live in this atypical space so that we can get as close as possible

to the Himalaya's last artists and artisans.

Our thanks to the aeronaut Jean Becker!
Following encounters woven between Loomy and villagers, we inventory expertise that are disappearing through an inventorying process in the form of a voyage aboard an imaginary hot air balloon. Through this fantastic story, we welcomed the villagers, and especially the last artists and artisans inhabiting the Terra Incognita of the Himalayas, to be part of the experience and broaden their expertise. Sometimes, this approach affords an artisan with the opportunity to transmit knowledge to a family member.

We introduce this methodology through

the "Follow The Shadow!" event, which helps break the ice between the Art Across Frontiers team

and the villagers.

-  Collaborate -

The Nacelle is where we share our work. It groups

all collaborative efforts resulting from our trips

and expeditions.

Once artisanry from the four corners of the earth has been identified, we unite certain exceptional Himalayan artisans with artisans from the Basque, Brittany regions and Landes department. In 2014, we wanted to create two original, collaborative prototypes: an item of clothing and a foot covering. This exploratory work grouped 15 artisans from Demul (Spiti Valley, the Himalayas) to Hiriburu (Basque Country, France) and from Ghiling (Mustang Valley, the Himalayas) to Gamarde-les-Bains (Chalosse, France). We will sustainably pursue this work by focusing on foot coverings and finish by bringing together a logical, exceptional network of artisans around our hot air balloon. The fruit of our labours will help fund educational and cultural projects to benefit the hidden reaches of the Himalayas.
PROJECT #1: FOOT COVERINGS
The first foot coverings were invented shortly after fire. This nomadic discovery helped Humans go beyond their usual borders. This invention marked the beginning of Mankind's worldly conquest. Today, shoes remain a central part, or even a ritual object, and take highly varied forms depending on their use. We consider that foot coverings, as a "primary object", are a legitimate starting point for our collaborative adventure with the artisans of the world. Therefore, we are pursuing our work with the artisans of the Himalayas, France and Morocco by designing collaborative and original creations that place value on disappearing yet exceptional expertise while stimulating the economy of highly isolated territories. Starting in 2016, our first products will be distributed as artist proofs through a special distribution network. These exceptional products will have unsurpassed quality and be sold with a travel log in a protective pouch made out of hot air balloon fabric. The proceeds will help us economically support the most isolated Himalayan territories while gradually setting up local cultural centers to protect the social fabric in these remote areas of the world.
A poetical and non-political newspaper
In 2014, we began prep work for a documentary project through newsletters and exceptional reports we wrote for specialised magazines.
BEING-ORIENTED DESIGN Being-oriented design is a research project in the fields of cognitive anthropology and sustainable innovation currently being developed at the University of Côte d’Azur (LAPCOS and The SDS) in partnership with Hermès International. Its aim is to develop a sustainable innovation methodology that can be used to develop the cognitive and sensorial abilities of human beings, supported by a topological tool inspired by certain ‘wild’ cosmologies. A being-oriented designer places human beings at the heart of the project rather than at the centre of it and uses practices that promote a close relationship with materiality; he imagines collaborations with non-human agents to unlock the cognitive and sensorial abilities of human beings within the space-time of innovation; he seeks to make global warming 'visible', the acidification of fresh water 'audible' or the shrinkage of the glaciers 'scented' via the object he designs, i.e. a habitat where humans and non-humans stand in solidarity. This work is based on an extensive body of anthropological, philosophical, geographical and ecological work performed by researchers such as Jean Malaurie, Barbara Glowczewski, Timothy Morton, Matthew Crawford, Arne Naess, Tim Ingold and Augustin Berque.
World to gather Art together

Art Across Frontiers

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Nomadic Platform for Research in Weaving

and Interweaving of Cultures (NPO)

 

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