Mix & Remix’s recommendations
With just a few strokes of a pencil he creates a character; a dozen and he tells a whole story. It may be difficult to find a press artist more sparing with his pencil than Mix & Remix, but that does not make his work any less pertinent.
Philippe Becquelin – that’s the name on his birth certificate – was born in Saint-Maurice (Canton of Valais) just over half a century ago. He discovered Lausanne at the age of 20, when he attended the painting faculty of the city’s School of Fine Arts. Initially an illustrator for the music venue La Dolce Vita and the radio station Couleur 3, he went on to work at L’Hebdo newspaper in 1987 with three panels in black and white. Twelve years later he became its editorial cartoonist and in 1998 he was granted a full page in colour. In addition to featuring in the Swiss SonntagsBlick newspaper, he can also be seen in Infrarouge, a debating programme on French-speaking Switzerland’s Télévision Suisse Romande channel, where he sketches the encounters live. For seven or eight years now, Mix & Remix has made his living entirely from his work as an editorial cartoonist.
“In all, I must have climbed up and down at least 2 million steps and paced 500 km in my tower to let the good people of Lausanne know the time.”
For you, Lausanne is
Back then, as I used to come in from Saint-Maurice, lodged between two mountain walls, Lausanne represented a wide open door. The School of Fine Arts was at the Elysée and looked out over a vast park and Lake Geneva. I spent a lot of time in Ouchy’s Sous-Gare neighbourhood, doing what I wanted, when I wanted, with people who had the same vision as me and similar inspiration. All of my friends are in Lausanne. Right now, Lausanne is pre-eminently a construction site that we hope will soon be finished.
The Cathedral To be honest, I’m not really a stroller. I don’t go to parks anymore as my children are grown up, I don’t take walks, I spend a lot of time at home, up in the hilltops. I’d say that for ten years all of my strolling involved 160 stairs and a 40-metre circuit. But it wasn’t any old stroll! Between 1992 and 2001, I was the Cathedral watchman, in the Lanterne tower. There was a wonderful view out over the city rooftops, the lake and the Savoy Mountains! Still, it was quite a stroll – 240 days a year, from 10 in the evening until 2 in the morning, with the staircase to hurtle down then back up again to greet groups of tourists aching for thrills, company dinners, travel agents or TV crews. In all, I must have climbed up and down at least 2 million steps and paced 500 km in my tower to let the good people of Lausanne know the time.
L’Evêché A café-restaurant half way between the L’Hebdo offices and the Cathedral. I go there for work-related meetings. There’s a pretty garden hidden away at the back, with gravel and checked tablecloths.
Le Lyrique A Greek restaurant with a really welcoming owner. I remember when Greece won the Euro 2004 football championship – the diners looked like they’d gone crazy, the owner was happy it was over!
Le Taiyo A little Japanese place on Rue du Midi. Our daughter Louiza, a graphic designer and cartoonist, recommended it to us – she’s a fan of Manga and Japanese culture in general.
le Lausanne-Moudon Because you always get a warm welcome, at any time of day. And because of their excellent steak tartare!
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tl: Saint-François, Bel-Air
m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart