PFC 4 : Experimental French Comics laboratory reaches the US
Minneapolis hosts international event Pierre Feuille Ciseaux

Minneapolis welcomes the first NORTH AMERICAN EDITION of Pierre Feuille Ciseaux or: PFC 4 August 11-17, 2013 hosted at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

PFC#4 visual

(“Pierre Feuille Ciseaux”, or “Rock Paper Scissors” in French) is an experimental comics laboratory held on the grounds of a 17th century salt factory (Saline Royale, Arc et Senans) in rural France. Beginning with its first incarnation in 2009, PFC has brought an international group of cartoonists, illustrators, printmakers and artists together for one week, with no distractions. The artists live, eat, sleep and work together with one sole focus: to create new work in a collaborative setting.
The primary purpose of the residency is to explore and invent new ideas about the Comic Art form (“Bande Dessinée” in French) through collaboration (often across language barriers) and experimentation (using the French experimental tradition of “OuBaPo” restrictions as a catalyst). On the final day, the results of the week’s collective work are displayed in a gallery setting, and the public is invited to interact with the artists in the form of workshops and public talks.

For this, the first North American edition of the PFC, its originators, June Misserey and members of Association ChiFouMi, will be coming to the U.S. to co-lead PFC 4 with Barbara Schulz, head of the Comic Art Department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Zak Sally (cartoonist and US liaison to the PFC), and cartoonist Anders Nilsen. Featuring a group of ten North American comics authors as well as 6 artists from France and Belgium, the week-long comics laboratory will be held in association with and hosted by MCAD, where the artists will live and work for the duration of the residency.
An exhibition of the week’s work will be presented to the public on August 17th, in MCAD‘s Concourse Gallery.

Confirmed artists include:
from North America :
Eleanor Davis (Athens, GA)
Kevin Huizenga (St. Louis)
John Porcellino (Beloit, WI)
Lisa Hanawalt (NYC)
Lilli Carre (Chicago)
Jim Rugg (Pittsburgh)
Tomasz Kaczynski (Minneapolis)
Domitille Collardey (NYC)
Genevieve Castree (Anacortes, WA)
Marc Bell (Toronto)
from Europe :
Sandrine Martin ( Paris, France)
Emilie Plateau (Bruxelles, Belgium)
Benoit Preteseille (Angouleme, France)
Pierre Ferrero (Lyon, France)
Jean-Christophe Menu (Paris, France)
Eugène Riousse (Strasbourg, France)
David Libens (Bruxelles, Belgium)
Max de Radigues (Bruxelles, Belgium)

PFC 4 overlaps and interacts with some various events :
– from monday, 12th and for two weeks long, some students will follow the special class bring around the PFC concept ; this session is oversee by Barbara Schulz and June Misserey. More informations about this very class on the dedicated website :
– a major retrospective of the work of Jaime Hernandez, renowned creator of “Love and Rockets” in MCAD‘s main gallery (with the artist in attendance for the closing event, Friday August 16),
– Minneapolis’ first “festival of independent culture”, AUTOPTIC, on Sunday August 18th.

Roster of Events

• Monday, August 5 :
MCAD students begin PFC related class, “Rock Paper Scissors” (June Misserey/ Barb Schulz, instructors)

• Sunday, August 11 :
Artists arrive for the PFC4.

• Monday, August 12 :
PFC4 work begins.

• Tuesday, August 13 :
– 6 pm: Meet and greet/ French PFC artist talk/ art show opening for ION Editions
– 8 pm: Art opening for PFC artists, CO Exhibitions (1101 Stinson Ave NE, Minneapolis) / bands performing : 
8:45 pm : Pretty Ladies (Zak Sally) / 
9:30 pm : O PAON (Genevieve Castrée)

• Friday, August 16 :
– 6-9 pm: Artist reception for “Jaime Hernandez: 30 Years of Locas”, main gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
– 7 pm: Artist talk open to the public

• Saturday, August 17 :
– noon-6pm: Art opening/ public outreach for PFC4 MCAD Concourse Gallery
– 4 pm: Artists talk, Auditorium 150.
Comics workshops/ experiments open to the public: on the half hour (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30) room 430
Zine Creation Workshop/ all day/ second floor
– 7-8:30 pm: EYEWORKS Experimental Animation screening, Open Eye Theater (506 E 24th St, Minneapolis)
– 8pm-midnight: AUTOPTIC Kick off party Hosted by 2D Cloud, Co Exhibitions

• Sunday, August 18 :
– 11-7 pm: AUTOPTIC: a festival of Independent Culture, open and free to the public
ARIA (105 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
AUTOPTIC programming and artists talk will occur next door, at Alliance Francaise
9-close: AUTOPTIC after-party
Red Stag Supper Club

DOWNLOAD the PFC#4 visual in hi-res (.pdf format, ± 14.8 x 16.3 inches).