Public lectures

Feedback on the architectural service operated at the MAGASIN des horizons between January and April 2017

Carine Bonnot (SILO agency), Sébastien Enault (Cabestan cooperative), Sébastien Fabiani and Mehtab Sheick (NA agency)

Summary :

In order to improve thermal efficiency, to bring up to standards, and to account for the evolution of functional spaces in the art center, a preliminary study was conducted by the architects of the Grenoble-based agencies NA and SILO, together with Sébastien Enault, in order to establish a diagnosis and different scenarios for the transformation of the site. The team, adopting participatory approaches in accompanying the project, performed stand-by architectural duties inside the Magasin in order to collects ideas, opinions and experiences. This study constituted the first step in the transformation project of the art center.

Biography :

Sébastien Enault / Cabestan cooperative: Sébastien Enault is specialised in energetic renovation and thermic audit of  buildings in the Cabestan cooperative. Cabestan brings professionals of the construction industry together to improve their companies and to simplify their administrative duties.

Sébastien Fabiani et Mehtab Sheick / NA agency: The architects Sébastien Fabiani and Mehtab Sheick Badordine met after their studies in the collective “Glaneurs de Possible[s]”. In 2014 they founded  the LLC NA architecture company (Grenoble, France). This agency works in different fields, from individual housing to public fitting, including collective housing or infrastructure such as shops, offices, health care facilities and travel agencies.

Gestures Extending a Hand :

Hold It Hold It Hold It

Rebecca Schneider

Summary :

This talk will look at a number of cross-temporal and cross-spatial gestures that extend a hand, from 40,000 year-old Paleolithic negative hands, to recent U.S. Black Lives Matter protest actions “Hands Up”. What is involved in gestural extension? What is the duration of a hand’s wave ? Simultaneously, what kind of proximity can resend at a vast gestic distance ? When we open ourselves to the intervals gestures both inaugurate and reiterate, what becomes of linear time ? And, further, what about the gestures extended among humanity and nonhumanity in what might be thought of as vast prehensibilities of cross-temporal call and response ?

Biography :

A Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, Rebecca Schneider teaches performance studies, theater history, dance studies, visual culture and theories of intermedia. She has written extensively on theatre and performance practices that puncture or stretch the borders of media, writing on plays, performance art, photography, architecture, and “performative” everyday life.

Inhabiting, participating

Summary :

This conference aims at reproblematizing the assumed links between inhabiting and participating: because we live (or don’t live) within such a perimeter, we should (or shouldn’t) participate in surveys concerning this perimeter. The aim will be to broaden these links, taking as our starting point an ethnographic study conducted amongst the most vulnerable populations in the Grenoble region, and in particular “the people living off the street”, in other words precisely those who we have trouble considering as living within that perimeter.

Biography :

Anthony Pecqueux : Anthony Pecqueux is a researcher with the CNRS, and head of the laboratory Ambiances Architectures Urbanités (team CRESSON, ÉNSAG – school of architecture, Grenoble, France). After a PhD in sociology at the EHESS (specialist higher education establishment in social science, Paris, France) regarding the moral and political impact of the French rap, he now focuses his research on developing an ethnography of the perception through an echological and sensible approach of urban experiences. He belongs to the editorial board of the French journal of social sciences Tracés.

When standing on the slipperiness of the field between arts and geography… aesthetics of knowledge is the issue

Anne Volvey

Summary :

This cross-examination of arts and geography is guided by a special focus on methodological practices (of arts and geography) – which can be described as the notion of the shifting of the field –, and, on an epistemological level, is tackled in terms of aesthetics régimes of spatial knowledge – that is, the aesthetic processes that orient the formation of spatial knowledge. This paper is about empirical and theoretical elements that help to sutain the understanding of spatial knowledge formation in terms of aesthetics. Beyond methodological practices as “manières de faire avec l’espace”, it focuses on the key roles of the body and of the emotion within the involved processes of spatial knowledge formation.

Biography :

Anne Volvey : Anne Volvey is a professor in Geography at Université d’Artois (France). Her research is at the crossroads between art geography and the epistemology of science and space. For some years now, she has been developing a geographical perspective on the arts – articulated in terms of spatial curve and of the orientation of the epistémè in/of the arts –, and its epistemological consequences in geography.