Julie Beauvais is an artist, director and curator. Her body of work ranges from opera
and choreographic works,
to architectural interventions, performative installations
and transterritorial cooperation programs.
Her art is driven by her interests in embodied experience, expanded consciousness and elevation and has been performed and exhibited internationally since 2001. In 2020, she becomes director and curator of Zurich based SONIC MATTER_openlab and platform for experimental music. In 2021, she launches ALTER- Altitude Laboratory I Transition Experiments I Research, residency for artists and researchers at an altitude of 2000 meters in Val d'Anniviers, Swiss Alps.
Altitude Laboratory I Transition Experiments I Research
A three-month residency responding to the impact of environmental crises on communities in the Swiss Alps.
ALTER- is a three-month residency in Chandolin, a village perched at an altitude of 2,000 meters in the Val d'Anniviers, that invites one transdisciplinary team of artists and researchers a year to rethink and respond to growing environmental crises and their associated social, economic, and cultural shifts. Each team will spend 12 weeks exploring the valley, learning from local villagers, developing work that will be publicly shared on a weekly basis, and presenting a final project. While the residency builds on this locale, the work and wisdom generated by each team could have far-reaching implications for high-mountain communities around the world.
is a platform for innovative convergences of conscious movement, sonic explorations and environmental studies.
With her collaborators, Beauvais explores new perspectives on transterritorial cooperation for sustainable development in a context of emerging challenges and shifting paradigms. The approach tuned to 'multispecies becoming with' combines deep listening practices, sound art, music, conscious movement and scientific observations, allowing the development of new forms of opera.
New paradigm opera for seven movements, one voice and one horizon
Performative and immersive installation combining conscious movement, video installation, architecture and live sound/music performance, based on Virginia Woolf’s epic novel for an androgynous figure.
Created in Berlin, Kinshasa, Marfa, London, Varanasi, Lisboa, Chandolin, Patagonia, the North Sea.
ORLANDO toured European and South American festivals and biennials from 2018 to 2020. We are now preparing for a 2022 tour in India with producer Sandbox Collective and co-organisers and partners Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and Pro Helvetia New Delhi.
SONIC MATTER is a platform for experimental music based in Zürich, active transnationally.
SONIC MATTER's objective is to share, with a vast and varied public, listening practices and emerging musical creations, the diversity of musicians and sound artists in Switzerland and in the world, the multitude of sound based creations and formats. SONIC MATTER deploys its activities throughout the year thanks to its multiple formats: Festival, Openlab, Mediation, Radio.
Julie Beauvais is one of the three directors of SONIC MATTER. Within the organization, she is the initiator and curator of the Openlab: The Witness.
Openlab : The Witness
Can conscious listening spark radical change?
Acoustic ecology. Anthropology. Multispecies research. Soundscape studies. Spirituality. Climate change. Cooperation. Eco-grief. Listening as activism. Taking turns with the earth. Wisdom keepers.
Around the world, transdisciplinary groups of artists, scientists, and activists in collaboration with their local communities, are listening to our imperiled planet’s messages around potential collapse — or hope for rehabilitation. Their research, which incorporates audio, video, text, and other creative platforms, implores us to witness what may disappear forever, as well as build, with great urgency, new networks of caregiving for the earth. SONIC MATTER_openlab: The Witness shares this research through an interactive global map that highlights the relationship between humans and our non-human kin.
Openlab will continue to expand as transdisciplinary research groups hailing from different regions are added over three years and collaborations grow among the participants. The project welcomed South and North America in 2021. Subsaharan Africa and South Asia joined in 2022, and the project will end in 2023 with a focus on East and Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
We are grateful to our supporters, partners and catalysts for making our projects possible.
Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia South America, Pro Helvetia Moscow, Pro Helvetia New Delhi, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Pro Helvetia Cairo, DDC - Direction du Développement et de la Coopération, Artlink SüdKulturFonds, CNC - Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image animée, Canton du Valais, République et Canton de Genève, Kanton Bern, Loterie Romande Vaud, Loterie Romande Valais, Pour-cent culturel Migros, DRAC - Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Grand Est, Ville de Genève, Stadt Zürich, Stadt Bern, Ville de Sion, Burgergemeinde Bern, Commune d'Anniviers, Anniviers Tourisme, Commune de Vandoeuvres, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, ECAL - Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique, International Theatre School of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Arthaus.Berlin International Training and Research Center, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, HEAR - Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin, Accélérateur de Particules Strasbourg, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Winterthur Theater, Kurtheater Baden, Zürich Gessnerallee, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Lausanne, Fringe Festival Philadelphia, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, Festival Scènes Valaisannes, Ferme-Asile - centre artistique et culturel, Funkhaus Berlin, Théâtre Saint Gervais Genève, Centro Cultural de la Coopération Buenos Aires, The Kitchen New York, Dock 11 & EDEN***** Berlin, Regionale 19 Strasbourg, Rotterdam O. Festival, Santiago a Mil Festival, FIBA-Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo, The European Nomadic Biennial Manifesta13, SONIC MATTER Platform for experimental music