We are a cooperative working in the field of cultural urbanism: we use art as our modus operandi to work with local populations and on a regional planning level. We develop strategies for how sites will be used, and are involved in planning, consultation, programming and regional strategy, setting up contextualised and contributory artistic programmes with local residents, users and stakeholders. Our aim is to effect a long-lasting and structural impact to enhance the region, sociability, and public policy.

In collaboration with our associate artists and other partners, we create tools to work with local populations and to broaden the context of art. We prefer to conduct fieldwork rather than diagnoses, to create prototypes rather than give speeches, to promote the notion of contribution rather than participation, of shared interest rather than general interest, of experimentation rather than any long-term plan of action. We are convinced that urban planning can be enriched by a diversity of visions and approaches. We are also convinced that artists have much to gain by experimenting with these ever-changing environments and being involved in creating art that is useful to society and serves the places where it is installed. The fact that we are structured as a cooperative reflects our commitment to social and economic innovation and modes of shared governance. We have offices in Paris and Rennes and most of our projects are based in these regions.

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Who are we?

Alexandra Cohen

Alexandra is a producer of contemporary art events, with degrees in ethnology, cultural project management, and modern literature. Deeply committed to questions surrounding art and politics, in 2013/2014 she studied artistic and political experimentation at Sciences Po in Paris, on a course created by Bruno Latour. Before founding Cuesta, she spent ten years working at the production company Arter, where she produced and organised many exhibitions and art productions, frequently in public spaces.


Agathe Ottavi

Agathe is a trained urbanist, with degrees in modern literature and cultural project management, and an expert on issues of art, culture, and urbanism. She is a passionate cyclist and committed to all forms of cooperative ideals. In 2013/2014 she participated in an I-team training on cultural, economic and social dynamics in Europe run by Relais Culture Europe, Paris. Before setting up Cuesta, she was involved in Dédale, a project bringing together art and technology across different regions. She also developed a cultural development hub for the Arter production company, where she was responsible for organising advisory panels for major development projects.


Ludivine Lucas

A cultural engineer by training, Ludivine studied at the Beaux-Arts school in Rennes and at the Institute of European Studies. She is passionate about cartography, infographics, illustration and blueprints of all kinds. She has worked for the last ten years with artists and collectives on artistic urban planning projects, including Tamèrantong!, OCUS, and Si tu t’imagines.


Alice Queva

Architecte diplômée de l’École d’Architecture de Versailles, Alice a travaillé en France et en Amérique du Sud sur des projets participatifs d’interventions dans l’espace public. A la croisée entre le territoire, ses habitants et l’approche culturelle, ces projets prennent la forme de micro-architectures, de scénographies, d’actions collectives ou de cartographies sensibles. Animée par les démarches expérimentales associées à la coproduction urbaine, Alice rejoint la coopérative d’urbanisme culturel Cuesta en 2021 en tant que chargée de mission.


Marine Dussutour

Diplômée en gestion de projets culturels dans l’espace public (Université Paris 1) et en sciences politiques (IEP de Rennes), Marine s’implique depuis 2015 dans des projets culturels de territoire, traitant à la fois de la participation habitante et de la réappropriation des espaces publics. Elle travaille d’abord sur des projets de communication et médiation, puis se tourne vers l’ingénierie culturelle et l’urbanisme culturel pour accompagner des démarches de transformation sociale et de transition écologique (diagnostics sensibles, concertations créatives, stratégies de préfiguration, résidences in situ…). Elle rejoint Cuesta en 2022 comme chargée de mission.


Claudine Fleurance

Fraîchement diplômée de Sciences Po Grenoble en parcours Direction de Projets Culturels, Claudine est animée par des réflexions mêlant création artistique contemporaine, fabrique des territoires et écologie. Après un stage auprès du Collectif SAFI et de l’équipe du Bureau des Guides du GR2013, elle est convaincue que l’artistique peut créer des effets durables et structurant sur les territoires et ses habitant.es. Claudine rejoint Cuesta en avril 2023 en assistant l’équipe sur différents projets.


Anouck Degorce

Designer diplômée du DSAA-Alternatives urbaines, Anouck croise dans sa pratique le design aux enjeux de transition écologique et sociale. Pendant 2 ans, elle travaille dans un CAUE où elle accompagne les collectivités sur des démarches participatives, d’urbanisme transitoire et de permanence architecturale. En parallèle, elle explore différentes échelles de projets et expérimente des outils allant du dessin à la maquette, de la micro-architecture à la scénographie urbaine. Animée par les démarches situées et expérimentales, elle est sensible à la diversité des territoires et des parties prenantes qui les habitent. Anouck rejoint Cuesta en 2023 en tant que chargée de mission.


Cultural mediators, urbanists, graphic designers, managers, builders, translators, photographers: these are the people who currently, or in the past, have been involved in the cooperative:

Léa Martinent, Flavia Nowik, Noé Talmont, Camille Prigent, Manon Pestel, Pauline Olmedo, Léa Finot, Jordi Frances, Aurélie Lemaître, Mathilde Godart, Johanne De Place, Virginie Redois, Stéphanie Braka, Valentin Delaunay, Véronique Villedieu, Alice Pfeiffer, Gwen Le Goff, Juliette Cadic, Mélanie Aumont, Olivier Borde, Flavie Tertrais, Fabien Gougeon, Benjamin Marie, Natan Kerbellec, Anna Michalak, Natasha Lehrer, Nathan Kerbellec, Elsa Noblet, Juliette Maroni.

Associate artists

Maïda Chavak, Nil Dinç, Alexis Fichet, Sylvain Gouraud, Axel Meunier et Léa Muller have been closely involved for the last five years in the cooperative’s projects. With their help, we have developed tools and strategies, and brought to fruition fertile collaborations.


A set designer by training, Maïda creates things out of images: exhibitions, publications, games, educational games, stories, rural and urban installations, and even occasionally tombolas. In the different places where her work is displayed, her assemblages form a portrait of the sites and the ways they are used, bringing together documentation, knowledge of the terrain, and an immersion in visual, local and family archives.

Nil Dinç

Nil is a theatre director who coordinates the group of artists and researchers who make up GONGLE, whose work involves reconsidering the functions and modes of making theatre by creating spaces for dialogue and confrontation, in ways that are both contextual and experimental. Focusing particularly on the links between art and sport, GONGLE is behind the initiative that set up the art-sport network in Seine St Denis.

Axel Meunier

As a doctoral student in design at Goldsmiths, a researcher at the medialab at Sciences Po, and an artist, Axel’s practice is articulated around his involvement in several collectives. His work explores joint research situations using diagrams and maps, the design of collaborative workshops, sound recording and social media, in order to integrate new narratives, as part of the creation of new site-specific collectives.

Alexis Fichet

A writer and director, Alexis is a founder-member of the collective Lumière d’août. His writing interrogates the relationship between humans, the animals around them, and the environment. Alongside his writing and theatre, he develops hybrid projects that blend art, sculpture and performance.

Sylvain Gouraud

At the crossroads where art and social sciences meet, Sylvain’s practice is based on using photography as a means of investigation. He takes deep dives into different social milieus in order to construct, in collaboration with local stakeholders, a just and fair representation of the complex issues under examination.
Deeply concerned by the urgency of reformulating our relationship with nature, he anticipates practices in which human beings need to negotiate their place on earth with non-humans.

Léa Muller

A trained landscape designer, Léa experiments with the discursive production of new ways of creating towns and regions through a practice that is close to craft, focused on experimentation, and pays close attention to modes of representation, notably through drawing and mapping.