Miniatures Officinae is a project brought forth by L’Officina, in partnership with several operators of the Mediterranean. The project started in 2008 and is carried on until 2013, when Marseille will be European capital of culture. Within the frame of this project, we invite you to undertake a creation process around a specific practice : performing arts within the exhibition frame. The Miniatures Officinae artistic committee, composed by representatives of the partner structures, will select artists that will then be hosted in the partner cities for a 7 day residency. The residency will be dedicated to the creation of a piece said «miniature» – whose specific name will be chosen by the artist. At the end of the residency, a presentation of the work gives the artist the opportunity to meet up with local audiences and to exchange over his process and project. The miniatures are then gathered for public presentation events named «Choreographic exhibitions». The idea is to give the audience the feeling to enter a space that is not usually investigated by the performing arts, and that would then become inhabited by live pieces. Walking through diverse proposals reflecting the artists’ visions on the theme of our subject : love and otherness (between identity and otherness, the relationship to the Other, men/women relationships, gender issues). Each artist has to think of the Other, and more specifically within the love relationship. S/he thus has to propose a formal answer to the subject, to think, conceive and give shape to its reflection, that is to say finding the form that would better reflect his/her research on the thematics of love and otherness. This form being then the artistic piece that each artist shall create, the Miniature. The miniature being the formal and artistic reduction offered by the artist, it then has to be a piece that answers to several criteria and characteristics allowing its identification within the subject and its formal materialization. The present specifications define the artistic and technical constraints of the projects realized within the frame of this residency. Accepting and respecting these specifications are preconditions for the participation of artists to the Miniatures Officinae project.


The aim of these pieces is to bring a singular view on the proposed thematic. The artistic committee will evaluate the relevance of the artistic propositions in regard of a concept note produced by the artist on its thematical and formal approach. The artist is thus answering to a commission. We would like the artist to inspire him/herself from his/her «autobiography», his/her subjective experience, from this tension between interiority and representation and eventually from the territory in which s/he will evoluate during this creation residency. During this residency, the artist will stay closely in touch with the host structure and its territory, s/he will get the opportunity to get inspiration from it and to use its materials. The artistic director of the Officina, Cristiano Carpanini, will be present during this residency and could, on demand, accompany the artist during his/her process.


Spatial constraints

The pieces are to be exposed within unconventional spaces for the performing arts – such as galleries or museum or any other space allowing to re-create the exhibition form. The artists should thus conceive pieces that are reproducible in several different contexts, pieces that are thus ephemeral.
The projects shall respect green and safety requirements. .


The artistic mediums are chosen by the artists. They could rely to performance, performing arts, installation. As for performing arts, the miniature shall be 15 minutes long maximum. The piece created and proposed by the artist is conceived as an independent piece, fitting to the Miniature criteria. It shall be adaptable to different types of space, and easy to move around. The artist is thus conceiving a piece with light technics, easy for him/her and the host structure to present. The artist shall be autonomous for the presentation of its piece. As for the use or rent material or tools, the artist shall find himself suppliers and possibilities. The artist could receive some help from the host structure, but the technics of the piece shall be thought in order to be the most independent possible. The technical rider has to be conceived within this perspective.