In 2009, invited by the CAN (Centre dâ€™Art NeuchĂ˘tel) and the CCV (Centre culturel du Val-de-Travers), Eternal Tour focused on three main issues related to the history of the region:
1) the publication of Diderot and dâ€™Alembertâ€™s EncyclopĂ©die, partly claimed to have been published in NeuchĂ˘tel to avoid royal censure from Paris;
2) the figure of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, his thought and his walks through Val-de-Travers where he spent 3 years;
3) the oriental exoticism that influenced people as diverse as Le Corbusier in La Chaux-de-Fonds or Philippe Suchard and his chocolate industry and private minaret.
For this edition, Eternal Tour proposed a publication in a very popular form in the swiss part of Switzerland: the almanac. The book XZY is characterised by its transdisciplinarity and the freedom of its content, and is an essential part of the festival â€śhappeningâ€ť.
Background picture: Claire Fontaine, Palestine Occupied, courtesy Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv. Photo: Sully BalmassiĂ¨re.
Eternal Tour NeuchĂ˘tel 2009 website