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ARGOS is a collaborative European project between partners from different but complementary backgrounds (researchers, artists, cultural workers, students and spectators). It participates in the Programme ‘Creative Europe Cooperation Projects –  Culture’, 2018-2021, and is financed by the European Union. It forms a part of the innovative cultural projects of Relais Culture Europe. The aim of the project is to create a new community of observers that studies the practice of creation and builds a polyphonic narrative that will interpret the cross-cutting dynamics developed during the creative process in the field of performing arts.

The ARGOS project borrows its name from Greek mythology and, as its logo implies, it refers to Argus the Panoptes, the sleepless, forever alert giant with a hundred eyes and panoramic vision. Thus, the ARGOS project aspires to function as a multi-observatory in which the eyes of researchers, artists, cultural workers and spectators of contemporary performance arts meet and encompass the broad visual field of the creative process.


32 months: September 2018 – May 2021

5 research teams: Rennes 2 University (FR) (coordinating institution), University of Antwerp (BE), University of Lille (FR), University of Lisbon (PT), University of the Peloponnese (GR)

5 artistic collaborators: Au bout du plongeoir (FR), Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre (BE), Théâtre National de Bretagne (FR), TeatrO Bando (PT), Societas (IT)

5 forms of observation: virtual, integrated, intercultural, participatory and creative

5 experimentations in Italy, Belgium, France, Portugal and Lebanon

ARGOS Symposium: April 2021

During 32 months, five experimentations will be organised in five different locations. Researchers, artists, cultural workers and spectators will be involved in five creative processes and five different forms of observation – some live and others from a distance, connected through live streaming.  The goal is for all partners and participants to be able to improve their competencies in their professional and artistic practice in the performing arts.

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