L•I•ART Charter

The Luxembourg Institute of Art (L•I•ART) is an organisation promoting the emergence of new and free artistic expression and scientific thinking gathering independent artists, researchers, engineers, craftsmen and craftswomen to explore society challenges away from the herd and share a common vision described in the present Charter

1. Goals, purpose and tasks

The L·I·ART represents its Members and promotes the exchange of information and experience in the area of art, science, engineering and craft.

L•I•ART has no business purpose of its own. It does not strive to make a profit and has no political or global objectives.

The association sees itself as a community of interest for its Members. Its main purpose is to stimulate and support exchanges between art, science, engineering and craft activities in order to create new artworks and reflect on them with general public through exhibitions, performances, etc. ; to share knowledge and expertise between Members through training, conferences, etc.

2. Independence 

Free creation is at the heart of L•I•ART. L•I•ART Members remain fully independent in their activities. As a consequence, all statements, positions, creations, products and activities are provided by L•I•ART Members under their responsibility and possibly under specific contractual agreements signed between Members and third parties. 

L•I•ART per se has no legal body and is uniquely constituted by Members who share the L•I•ART manifesto and to the present charter by signing it and send a scanned copy at admin@liart.lu, doing so they are entitled to use the L•I•ART logo and to advertise their L•I•ART membership. 

3. Activities 

L•I•ART activities are organised in three pillars : Creation, Research and Training

3.1 Creation

The Creation pillar gathers all artistic activities as output of the L•I•ART experimentation process and may include:

  • Creation of artworks,
  • Organisation of exhibitions,
  • Multi-disciplinary performances,
  • Supporting Members in the creation of their Experiment place,
  • Supporting Members in the edition process of books, art piece reproduction, design and objects. 

3.2 Research

The Research pillar is performed freely by Members individually or collaboratively, possibly involving non Members, around scientific and technological topics. As such, Research activities can take multiple forms of works and events, for instance: 

  • Field experiments or theoretical reflexions with artists and/or public,
  • Reflection and bibliographic search,
  • Publications through L•I•ART edition or other publishers (e.g. scientific, artistic),
  • Crystallisation of interdisciplinary research results in art pieces. 

3.3 Training

Training activities are larger than pure learning. They mainly aim at disseminating the work of L•I•ART in the public either to trigger debates and reflexion, or to support acquiring new competencies on all aspects of L•I•ART activities. In this way, L•I•ART can propose: 

  • Organisation of short trainings programs, 
  • Organisation of or intervention in conferences, trainings and public events, 
  • Collaborations with partner institutions.

4. Projects

A Project groups together consistent sets of Creation, Research and Training activities around a common artistic endeavors coordinated by one L•I•ART Member and performed by Members and non Members

4.1. Proposition of a new project, activity or event 

Any Member is entitled to propose a project, activity or event.

To create a project, one or more members write a short project statement following the project statement template.

In order to maintain consistency among L•I•ART activities, to enable all Members to possibly propose its contribution to an idea, to ensure proper communication and publicity as well as to guarantee that the activity is in line with L•I•ART Charter and reputation, all project activity or event proposals  organised in the name of L•I•ART will be first communicated to all Members and will be opened to participation. 

Should a Member complain about the project  a decision can be taken by the Members Assembly.

If a project, activity or event does not respect L•I•ART’s values and charter, any Member can ask a vote for rejection to the Members Assembly.

Once the project has been properly communicated without objection, the project statement is published on the web site and the project officially becomes a L•I•ART project. All events, works, blog posts, production and participating members, and will be then attached to the project on the web site.

4.2. Communication on activities and independence

Members remain of course free to organise events, activities or projects privately with or without other L•I•ART Members. In this case, they will make sure that the communication will not mislead the public about the fact that such event, activity or project is organised by L•I•ART itself. Simple communication about L·I·ART membership is still expected, but should not be misleading in this case. Events, activities and projects privately organised by Members are welcome to be advertised on the L•I•ART website.

5. Experiments

5.1. What are Experiments?

L•I•ART is physically distributed in several locations called Experiments. They correspond to the living places where the three pillars take place: Creation, Research and Training. In addition to physically crystallise L•I•ART activities among Members, they also constitute places for local communities to make experiments with L•I•ART artistic life and reflection. 

5.2. Creation of a new Experiment place

Every Member is free to request the creation of a new official L•I•ART Experiment. Based on a written motivation and description of planned activities, the effective creation will then require a validation from the Members Assembly

Before creating a new Experiment, if another one exists nearby, for consistency reasons, it is always wise to first contact its representative and explore ways of extending its scope. Scope extensions in the spirit of the Charter are always welcome and do not require Members Assembly decision. 

The name comes directly from this idea of direct public participation in many possible forms that each experiment is free to invent. In order to anchor L•I•ART within both Belgian province of Luxembourg and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, as well as with neighbouring regions in France, Germany and Netherlands, the experiments are named according to their location in Luxembourgish language or nearby local dialects. 

6. Membership

6.1. Why become a Member?

Being a Member brings the following benefits:

  • it’s cool … although it’s better to become a non-member (as you will learn later) 😉 
  • the possibility to propose and coordinate projects,
  • Be first informed of all activities,
  • Enhanced visibility through the L•I•ART community,
  • the possibility to exchange with experts in their domain in the way to stimulate, support and emerge new artworks and knowledge,
  • the possibility to share knowledge and expertise with other Members,
  • Federate initiatives.

6.2. Members Assembly

The Members Assembly is composed of all Members who signed the Charter.  All valid Members taking part in the Members Assembly are listed in the web site. The Members Assembly is the decisional body for all matters listed in the Charter where a decision is required. 

The Members Assembly is chaired by one of the L•I•ART founders. 

6.3. Decision and Quorum

By default we agree with most proposals and we don’t need to make a vote. But, in some cases … there may be some discussions.  To solve this, first talk with other members.

At the last resort, when a decision is required it is explicitly taken by the Members Assembly at the majority of voters within 30 days after communication of a written notice to all Members. The decision request can be sent by any Member and must describe:

  • unambiguously the topic of the discussion
  • the expected decision by the appliquant. 

Each Member has one vote. 

To ensure individual responsibility, transparency of decision and collective spirit, the votes are not secret. Voters and their votes will be jointly communicated with the final decision communication. 

Valid votes are emitted by any means stated in the request for decision notice such as, but not limited to, presence during a meeting, electronic or postal mail, teleconference that can be witnessed directly or indirectly by all voters. 

Unless stated otherwise, absence of votes or voters is considered as a validation of the notice request. E.g if the notice request asks for an acceptance, no answer from a Member means that he.she accepts the notice. 

The Member who requested the decision compiles the votes and sends to all Members the written minutes of the decision, together with the voters and their votes. 

The list of all decisions is maintained by the Members Assembly chairperson or a Member designated to do so.

6.4. How to become a Member?

Any person or legal body who wants to promotes the L•I•ART values, and participate in its activities in the respect of the present Charter can ask by notice to the Members Assembly to become a Member. The only obligation is to sign the present Charter. If a Member raises an objection regarding a possible non respect of the Charter, the membership will be examined by the Members Assembly.

If no objection is raised by the Members Assembly, the membership is automatically validated.

No fee is asked.

6.5. How to quit L•I•ART?

If a Member wants to quit L•I•ART for any reason, it is possible at any moment by simple notice to the Members Assembly.

6.6. Excluding a member

If a Member judges that another one doesn’t respect the present Charter, he/she can notice the Members Assembly and ask the exclusion of the other Member. The decision of the exclusion is taken by the Members Assembly.

7. Use of the L•I•ART logo and membership claims

Only L•I•ART members who signed the charter can use the L•I•ART logo and claim their L•I•ART affiliation.

8. Modification of the Charter

Any modification of the Charter requires a valid decision from the Members Assembly

The new version of the Charter will be communicated to all Members by postal or electronic mail and published on the L•I•ART website. The new version of the Charter enters into force at the date of communication and publication. 

9. Languages

The L•I•ART is multicultural and multilingual. All publications will be made in either Dutch, English, French, German, Luxembourgish at your best convenience complemented by an English translation or at least an abstract in English. 

10. Individual responsibility

Signing this charter and using the name and/or logo of L•I•ART does not create any form of relationship whether legal, financial or of any other type between the signatory member and the community of all other members. All members explicitly acknowledge that they act under their own name and responsibility, and L•I•ART cannot be help responsible of any act made in its name.