Des Maux, Des Musées, Des Mots in Lille, 2017-2018

In the first two years, bullying and violence in schools were the central themes of the project in the form of museum visits, body language workshops and photographic creations.

Following numerous exchanges with students and teaching teams, it seemed appropriate to change the subject of violence to that of otherness, the “Other”. Thus, the project entitled “I am as I am” this year allowed us to address the issue of identity and think about the difference, be it ethnic, social, cultural or religious. The issue of gender and girl-boy relationships was also discussed.

Following the links with students and teaching teams, it seemed appropriate to change the subject of violence to that of otherness, the “Other”. Thus, the project entitled “I am as I am” this year to the issue of identity and to think about the difference, be it ethnic, social, cultural or religious. The issue of gender and girl-boy relationships was also discussed.

 

Progress

The project was punctuated by sessions in the museum, which took the form of exchanges and questioning around the works as well as by artistic sessions where Julie Maresq, photographer and videographer, and Esther Mollo, actress for a crossed approach, took part.

  • November-December 2017: Awareness-raising activities for students of the 4 classes during several visits to the museum (discovery of the museum, selected works, appropriation of works by image analysis, dialogue and exchange).
  • From February 2018: Intervention of Esther Mollo, actress and director (Diagonale Company) for a work of body language around the works: sublimation of emotions and role plays, from the works and thanks to the language of the body.
  • From April 2018: Intervention by Julie Maresq, photographer: staging students in their school and creating photos and artistic videos from the works studied.
  • Restitution of the program as part of the “Tous au musée! », June 21, 2018: exhibition of photos and videos of students and mediation by students with other young people

    Julie Maresq – From Jérôme Bosch’s Concert in the Egg – Ecole Desbordes Valmore, Lille

    Julie Maresq – After Silenus triumph, Honthorst – Ecole Desbordes Valmore-Lille

    Julie Maresq, after Melle de Lambesc, Nattier – School Desbordes Valmore, Lille

    Julie Maresq – According to The temptation of St. Mary Magdalene, Jordaens – Jean Zay College, Lomme

Des Maux, De Musees, Des Mots in Strasbourg 2017-2018

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« Des maux, des musées, des mots »

Strasbourg  2017 – 2018

For the fourth year, the Educational Service of the Museums of Strasbourg and the Hans Arp Secondary School (Strasbourg, Elsau neighborhood) participated in the “Curating a Culture of Respect” program.

During the first semester, the 8th grade students went to the Tomi Ungerer Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg (MAMCS), to think about the issue “Art and Conflict” and discover new works.

Back in class, the pupils expressed through drawing their feelings about the works exhibited in the museums and described their experiences. The students also collaborated on more complex works, using different mediums and techniques such as painting, collage or photography. These works challenge the viewer and talk about violence, its effects, and ways to overcome it. For example, a photo-novel tells the story of three young girls whose friendship is challenged by the arrival of a new boy.

 

 

The students also wrote letters to their American counterparts. They introduced themselves, talked about their passions and told them about their visits.

During the second semester, a new phase of the project began. Another class decorated a mobile booth – a cabin on wheels called “la cabin à paroles”– literally the “talk booth”. They created an “Eslau Voice” logo inspired by the forms of the artist Hans Arp and painted words echoing their visits in the museums. The “Elsau Voice” logo was also printed on t-shirts!

 

The project took the form of an ethnographic inquiry. The students met the residents of the Elsau neighborhood in order to collect their impressions and memories. Two postgraduate students, one in ethnology, the other in journalism, helped them to develop a questionnaire and to complete these interviews successfully. The mobile booth was used to signal a place of exchange and accommodate the inhabitants. The ethnographic inquiry was also turned into an artistic performance. The cabin was an allusion to the work of artist James Lee Byars and his “smiles cabin”, exhibited in the MAMCS in 2004.

The first interview session took place on Monday, May 28 with nearly 10 students, alongside with their teachers, members of the Educational Service and the two postgraduate students. Although intimidated at first, the pupils managed to talk with the inhabitants of the neighborhood who willingly answered the questions.

 

 

On June 6th, another part of the class went to meet the residents. Once again, interviewees responded to the questions heartily, and the students were able to learn more about the history and evolution of their neighborhood. All of these exchanges were recorded by Luc Leroy and Alexandre Alves, sound engineers of the web radio ODC, to make an audio report.

 

 

To end the 2017-2018 edition of the “Curating a Culture of Respect” program, the students and their teachers went to the MAMCS to listen to the audio report and see their works, exhibited on this special occasion in the museum. The teachers and the students were very proud of the result.

 

 

Then the pupils continued their interviews by asking visitors and museum employees questions about the Elsau district, the museum itself, its architecture and the works on display.

 

They also took a guided tour of one of the exhibitions at the museum called ExpériMAMCS, which explains, in a playful yet pertinent way, the life of works of art in a museum.