(FIAF) Crossing the Line Festival

Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s annual fall festival presenting interdisciplinary works and performances created by artists from around the world in New York. The festival provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and participant, examine how artists help re-imagine the world, and engage in the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.

The sixth edition of Crossing the Line (Sept 14–Oct 14, 2012) invites you to imagine the world from the stunning perspectives of eighteen international artists. Please join them on their journey. They welcome your curiosity, your attention, your engagement. The effects can last a lifetime.

This year Gideon Lester, Director of Theater Programs at Bard College, joins Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artistic Director, and Simon Dove, as Co-Curator of the festival.

Crossing the Line is initiated and produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with leading cultural institutions in New York City.

Bel Borba
With Burt Sun 
& André Costantini

DIÁRIO (através de um OLHO BAIANO)

Sept 14–Oct 14
Various locations around NYC

Installation in Times Square
Sun, Oct 14 thru Mon, Oct 15
Times Square

Universal Pulse in Times Square
Mon, Oct 1–Wed, Oct 31
Every night from 11:55pm–midnight
Times Square Jumbotrons

Co-presented with the Times Square Alliance and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
Brazilian visual artist Bel Borba has covered his native Salvador, a 500-year-old city in Bahia, with glorious outdoor artworks, from small mosaics to large-scale pieces composed of brightly-colored broken tiles, steel, wood, recycled materials, and sand. The eclectic work beautifully channels the experiences of the communities in which he works, providing a window into the city’s rich and complex history and culture.

Bel Borba creates a new ephemeral artwork each day in different locations around New York City over the course of the festival, using only recycled and found materials found in the city’s streets. Drawing inspiration from New York’s people and urban landscape, the month-long project will be documented using film and photography to create clips shared daily on DIÁRIO website. At the end of 30 days, the project will culminate in a block-long installation in Times Square from October 14–15.

Additionally, the short film Universal Pulse, a collaboration between Borba, Sun, and Costantini, will be presented in Times Square from Oct 1–31.


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