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Street art



9-11 of July


Collège des Jeanneret
2400 Le Locle


Giant fresco
[50 liters of paint / 100m2]

Thoma Vuille aka M. CHAT [CH/FR]

M. CHAT, an international street art star, is in residence at the Luxor Factory to create a big fresco on the Jeanneret School Center.

M. CHAT is a graphic creation of Franco-Swiss artist Thoma Vuille, appeared in 1997 in Orleans in Loiret. This enigmatic character always wears a huge smile. From 2003, white wings push him on the back. It is usually painted on walls, in inaccessible places.
We find the image of M. CHAT in European countries (England, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina ...) and particularly in Paris (more than 80 walls painted), in Orléans where its creator founded in 2003 the contemporary art gallery Galerie Wall (now closed), but also in Rennes, Nantes, Tours, Trouville sur Mer, Blois, La Rochelle, Ile de Re, Sete, Saint-Etienne, Henin-Beaumont. We can also see it elsewhere in the world: New York, Hong Kong, Macao, Seoul, Hue, Dakar, etc.
M. CHAT is the main theme of a film by Chris Marker entitled Cats perchés in 2004, screened at the Center Pompidou the same year. A gigantic Cat is painted for the occasion on the forecourt of the Pompidou Center. The event is produced by Arte. To mark the event, the newspaper Libération offers a carte blanche to the author, just as he had proposed in the past to Annette Messager or Philippe Starck. An exchange between Chris Marker and Thoma Vuille concludes an article by Annick Rivoire on Chris Marker's film. (source: Wikipedia)


7th season

Since 2011, the association Luxor Factory has been graciously hosting professional artists from all over the world. In exchange, its residents offer free cultural services. population. The 7th season focuses on street art, not to mention photography, music, street theater and writing.

The Association Luxor Factory in brief

Founded in 2011 in Le Locle (in Switzerland, canton of Neuchâtel), Luxor Factory is a nonprofit organization that considers the artistic creation as an universal vector of meetings and innovations. By anchoring the project in a peripheral region of Switzerland (near the french border), Luxor Factory apprehends the world as an infinite territory of expression.
To promote the mobility of artists and cultures from diverse backgrounds and cultural synergy between the Neuchâtel Mountains and the international art scene, Luxor Factory offers free hosting to foreign creators interested by a residence and a work-room for a maximum period of six months. Preference will be given to foreign professional artists.
More than a home-workshop, the structure offers to its hosts opportunities to discover cultural and social realities of the region, to create links with local artists, cultural actors and, of course, the population. This type of interaction helps to promote the assets of the region. The term "cultural exchange" takes its full meaning.

Aims of the association:

  • Host professional artists in Le Locle, inside the building that was the Luxor watch factory (a world heritage site classified by UNESCO).
  • Develop and animate the cultural scene through multicultural events offered free to the public.
  • Create synergies between the residents and the various regional cultural actors.
  • Develop projects based on regional issues (time, geographical, political, economic and social, etc.).
  • Ensure the management, the viability and the sustainability of the project by constant searches for financial support (sponsoring and subsidies).
  • Increase the visibility of the association through appropriate communication tools (website, printed, social networks, media, swiss network "Artists in résidence.ch, etc.).
  • Highlight the Mountain Heritage.
  • Support the hosts by wishing to see them glad when they leave the place... And give them the opportunity to come back!

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