Residency: From 15 to 21.02, 49 Nord 6 Est Frac Lorraine welcomes Cynthia Montier & Sophie Prinssen in residence.
    The duo brings together a research coven (an assembly of 13 practitioner-artists, activists and researchers) equipped with a research Tarot, to collectively reflect on the role of the symbolic in socially engaged vernacular and artistic practices.


    Public workshop and ritual in public space Saturday 20 from 3 to 5 pm and Sunday 21 from 2 to 4 pm via :

    Activismes Ésotériques – "We are the flow, we are the tide. We are the weavers, we are the canvas." (Starhawk, 2015)

    Activismes Ésotériques and its research coven invites you to a consultation, conversation and tarot card session on Saturday 20 from 3pm to 5pm on a chat group via the Discord application. The interpretation of the tarot reading involves a symbolic action to be carried out simultaneously and collectively in the public space on Sunday 21 from 2 pm, from our respective environments.
    The gesture performed operates in egregore: the aggregation of desires, subjectivities and postures brought towards a common intention to spread and weave across borders.


    To think of magic from a symbolic point of view and its uses as a lever for the emancipation of socially committed practices is to pose it as a support for intuition rather than as a mystical truth.

    Activismes Ésotériques is an open performance and research-creation programme, which explores the relationship between communities, arts and rituals as supports for action socially committed. The aim is to create an international working group of artists and researchers to experiment with different research and creation methodologies in relation to with the idea of transmission and initiation among constituted publics and in contexts located. This working group is called a research coven, and is made up of 13 artists, activists and researchers. Activismes Esotériques is deployed in several stages that follow the rhythm of the seasons, over the span of eight months. It started at 2020's winter solstice, and will go on till 2021's autumn equinox.

    Activismes Esotériques is initiated, directed and coordinated by Cynthia Montier and Sophie Prinssen, with the support of INACT festival of performing arts, the Frac Lorraine 49° Nord 6° Est, Syndicat Potentiel, in partnership with the University of Lorraine and the University of Strasbourg.


    The term "coven" is used in magic and witchcraft to refer to a gathering of people, of individuals with similar interests or activities; an assembly or a group of insiders, usually consisting of 13 or 8 sorcerers. From the Latin "convenire", "conven" which means "to come together"; from the Middle English "covin" refers to a "gang", "circle" or "gang", in other words a collective, or a community of practice. Covens serve support, trust and sharing groups. The research coven thus borrows from different research methodologies, actions and creation that cross-cut knowledge or forms of knowledge. Intuitively derived from vernacular practices - such as neo-paganism - to those of arts committees and communities of practice from civil society. From its format experimental, the research coven questions the relationship between activism and magic, between art and activism, between esotericism and research, in order to understand the ways in which the socially engaged practices - artistic, political and vernacular - can transform reality and carry emancipatory ambitions from their circles. The research coven aims to reflect collectively on the role of the symbolic in vernacular and artistic practices, between intervention in the public space, performance and collaborative practices.

    The Research coven gathers Camille Back (Montreuil), Celine Drouin Laroche (Montreuil), Isabelle Frémeaux & John Jordan, -h- from the Cellule d’Action Rituelle (Notre-Dame-des-Landes), Lise Lerichomme (Amiens), Lilly Markaki (London), Melodie Marull (Metz), Cynthia Montier (Strasbourg), Jonathan Naas (Altkirch), Ophélie Naessens (Metz), Sophie Prinssen (Strasbourg), Clémence de Montgolfier & Niki Korth from The Big Conversation Space (Paris – New York)