Mains d’Œuvres' mission is to run a cultural centre dedicated to social and artistic invention. Our primary vocation is to welcome and assist artists, arts organisation and professionals from the civil society who are involved in thinking, research, emerging and non-institutional practices, with a view to promoting their insertion into the art world. The centre is mainly a workspace offering long residencies (three years on average) to achieve this professional level. We accompany projects in all disciplines (drama, dance, music, visual arts etc.) and multidisciplinary projects, or those pertaining to the field of digital arts. Beyond this principal vocation, activities of diffusion, production and public gatherings etc. are developing. Firmly anchored in its region, constantly seeking sensitive crossovers linking art and society, Mains d’Œuvres is a resolutely multiple venue, open to all.


Ircam is active in all the fields linked to sound research (from fundamental research to industrial opportunities) and musical creation, for concerts or performing arts, thanks to seven research and development teams, a production department having set up some 97 concerts, operas and performances in 2011, and an education department which organises numerous training sessions. Today Ircam is one of the largest, publicly funded research centres in the world dedicated to musical creation and scientific research. A unique venue where art prospection and scientific and technological innovation converge, the institute has been directed by Frank Madlener since 2006, and comprises more than 160 collaborators. Ircam is developing its three major axes (creation, research and transmission) with a season in Paris, an annual festival and touring shows in France and abroad. A multidisciplinary academy of creation, (a first in France) set up by the festival that revealed it, was launched in June 2012.


The MAC/VAL is the first museum in France to be exclusively dedicated to contemporary art. It opened in November 2005, after twenty three years of history going back to the establishment of the departmental collection of contemporary art (FDAC). The artistic policy of the museum is precisely defined: contemporary art in France, and is exercised with a view to having an impact, in order to offer the discovery of the art of our time to every section of the public. Encounters are at the heart of the MAC/VAL project: a singular collection which is witness to the strong involvment with the inhabitants and which participates in the identity of the territory. The museum is the tool for this encounter, by providing custom-made, original visits and exemplary actions conducted for the handicapped or inmate populations. Also at the heart of the MAC/VAL project: is the constitution, conservation and promotion of a contemporary art collection, which demonstrates the richness of the living heritage. Over the years the MAC/VAL's permanent collection has acquired a unique character which brings together French art creation from the 1950's to the present day. The collection is composed of more than 2000 works, among which the work of many of key artists on the national scene such as Christian Boltanski, Bruno Perrament, Claude Closky, Gina Pane, Annette Messager, Pierre Huyghe… but also the work of emerging artists, revealing the MAC/VAL's wish to support artists and be closer to contemporary creation. In order to create new readings end generate new ways of looking at its collection, the MAC/VAL also invites artists to temporarily intervene during each new exhibition. As for the residencies, they also require to explore and involve the museum.


The laboratory's creation responds to the emerging framework for research in higher arts schools. Its objective is to experiment with the innovative and interdisciplinary forms and sound art practices with regard to the issues of spaces and networks. On the one hand, its mission is to create a body of knowledge and a critical space concerned with audio art practices that are in the midst of an evolution, in the current context of major technological and socio-technical development, and on the other hand to explore the historical context which founded these practices at the crossroads of the fields of music and visual arts (sound installation, sound art, electronic and electroacoustic musical performance, audio art, digital arts, network arts etc.) The Locus Sonus laboratory of research in art has worked, since its launch in 2004, on the reciprocal challenges between spatial audio and network audio. It is available as a post-graduate diploma by a pool of arts schools: ESA Aix in Provence, ENSA in Bourges (since 2010), ENSA Nice Villa Arson (2004/2010), ESBAM Marseille (2007/2008). The laboratory offers work and production processes which methodologically combine practical experimentation with critical evaluation by publishing the work as public art productions. Specialised in spatial and networked sound, Locus Sonus has opened a field of research on the creative territories linked to the interconnection of spaces by the transport of sounds. This investigation engages the intersection of several points of view: the artistic one, through the interrogation of forms and practices of sound art and how they engage the public, the technological one, of artistic experiments on the tools and systems of communication that are rapidly evolving, and as a consequence, the evolution of the creative and social locus generated by sound and technological spaces. The research directions currently engaged concern the fields of ‘sonification’ and hybridisation of the virtual and physical space (New Atlantis), as well as the issues linked to remote listening, in the NMSAT documentary program (The history of sound art and of network music). At the same time, the collective projects elaborated during the last few years continue to develop, such as the Locustream (a live streaming network of open microphones around the world) as well as the interfaces and installations that have flowed on from them (SoundMap,Tardis, etc.). The resources of the laboratory are open and available to researchers and artists.


To enable creation, diffusion and training activities in performance arts.


To support the diffusion and creation of artistic works by setting up a touring program of performing arts in the department. To establish an active policy of cultural events linked to invited artists who seek to develop and renew their audiences. To create an artistic and cultural education policy for young people, especially in schools, through the education service. The establishment of events which encourage and facilitate the development of amateur practices. To establish a resource assignment through observation, information, advice, expertise and evaluation to benefit the local cultural development. These missions are growing trough a scheme involving networking and the support of cultural professionals in order to encourage the emergence of cultural projects in the region. All of these missions are focused on the field of performing arts (music, dance, drama, circus, street arts...) without however excluding visual and digital arts. A touring project in the Lozère department, Scènes Croisées does not have a permanent venue.


Creation and diffusion, production assistance, mediation and training, as well as any action promoting digital arts and electronic music.


To support contemporary creation. To host and show performances. To raise an awareness towards performing arts and to develop special activities.