We conceive our projects as sites of experimentation that take the form of action-research*: we work actively on the ground, considering the issues and analysing the transformations brought about by these actions, hence the strong link between operational and reflective practice, action and knowledge production. We produce our research to enrich, share and publicise it in the networks in which we are stakeholders, to enrich the teaching and training that we provide, and the publications we produce and show our work in.
*The term action-research comes from the field of social psychology. Kurt Lewin, then a professor at MIT, first coined the term "action research" in 1944. In his 1946 paper "Action Research and Minority Problems" he described action research as "a comparative research on the conditions and effects of various forms of social action and research leading to social action" that uses "a spiral of steps, each of which is composed of a circle of planning, action and fact-finding about the result of the action" (Wikipedia)
Guide Vallée de la Vilaine
Le guide Vallée de la Vilaine. 26 itinéraires pour découvrir la vallée de Rennes à Laillé. Cuesta Cooperative, Alexis Fichet, Léa Muller, Editions Apogée, 2018
Guide des jeux Pleyel
Le Terrain, le joueur et le consultant. Expérimentations artistiques et sportives dans le cadre des transformations urbaines du quartier Pleyel. Saint-Denis, 2016-2018.
Compilation of texts by the teams involved in Pleyel, GONGLE and Cuesta
Conception and design ExposerPublier
Printed in Saint-Denis by Plaine commune, 2018
Les conditions du commun à l’épreuve de sa construction ; restitution d’une enquête en cours sur la Vallée de la Vilaine, Rennes
Bodart Céline, Pihet Valérie (2016, September), “The conditions of the communal tested by its construction; reproduction of an ongoing study in the Vallée de la Vilaine, Rennes”, Lieux Communs (Nantes), N°18
Introduction to cultural urbanism and case studies - Rennes
INTERVENTION / Master 2 Mediation of European Heritage and History, Rennes 2 University. Direction Lena Gourmelen.
Introduction to cultural urbanism and case studies - Paris
INTERVENTION / Master 2 cultural projects in the public space, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University. Direction Pascal Lebrun-Cordier.
Local networks in the city : when cultural urbanism draws up a new map of local resources
ENCOUNTERS/ Enlightened Encounters at Transfert, art and culture zone, Rezé, 25 June 2020.
Teaching at the Versailles Landscaping College
INTERVENTION/ MOE&MOU seminar, DEP 3, ENSP Versailles
Introduction to cultural urbanism
INTERVENTION/ In-service training for SCET (Services, Consulting, Expertise and Territories) employees.
Creating cultures, creating cities
INTERVENTION/ A day of discussion about the place of culture in the city, through major projects urban planning projects, Ville en Commun and Art Tutti.
15 November 2019
Seminar for group cohesion
WORKSHOP/ Organisation in collaboration with GONGLE of a seminar on behalf of the Department of Territorial and Environmental Development (DDTE) of Est Ensemble.
13 September 2019
Winning Back Water in Urban Territories
INTERVENTION / Workshops run by Plaine Commune, Cycle Ville en Bleu, or Winning Back Water in Urban Territories.
14 May 2019
Art, Ecologies, Transitions
CONFERENCE/ International conference “Art, Ecologies, Transitions”, the Laboratory for Excellence in the Arts and Human Mediations (University of Paris 8). Talk about the project The Terrain, the Player and the Consultant.
WORKSHOP/ Literary workshops “Trash-Fictions”, Library of the Futures of the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Saint-Brieuc with authors Frédéric Ciriez, Alexis Fichet and Alexandre Koutchevsky.
16-18 November 2018
Ateliers Nantais for Cultural Mediation
INTERVENTION / Renewing our approaches, sharing our practices, bringing together stakeholders. Encounter "Putting mediation at the heart of cultural projects ?" Intervention as part of the workshop "Twinning and cooperation between cultural structures and stakeholders already established in the neighbourhoods".
13th November 2018
And you, where do you dance, and with whom ?
INTERVENTION / Participation in a lecture-action and proposition of a collective reproduction of debates, La Paperie and the Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes.
24th & 25th May 2018
We are not the number that we think we are
WORKSHOP / Proposition for an exercise of collective description and a breadmaking workshop, with Virginie Bobin, Sylvain Gouraud, Marie Preston, Achim Lengerer. An event of Daniel et Nina Carasso Fondation, in partnership with the "Arts & Sciences" Chair, curating and production by Bétonsalon.
2nd and 3rd February 2018 at the Cité internationale des arts.
Programme of Experimentation in Art and Politics (Masters SPEAP)
INTERVENTION / Introduction to cultural urbanism and workshop around the call for tenders for the development of artistic and cultural programme, master SPEAP SciencesPo.
20th October 2016
New Spaces, New Amenities : and where do the users fit in ?
INTERVENTION / Round table with Talking Things and Atelier Georges, encounters organised by the 27e Région.
13th October 2016
What does art do for a city, if not something good ?
New dynamics for cultural research
CONFERENCE / intervention in the context of the theme "Creativity, Innovation and Participative Art", "The construction of something shared in a territorial development project: how can artistic actions have an impact on urban projects ?", CNRS and the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
21st & 22nd April 2016
Culture, Innovation and Territories
INTERVENTION / Seminar organised by Sciences Po Grenoble, Rencontres du Réseau.
25th March 2016
At the turn of the experience
INTERVENTION / International conference on architecture and philosophy "Au tournant de l’expérience", Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Gerphau, Laboratoire de recherche de l’Ecole d’architecture Paris Villette. Intervention as part of the round table “Encourage the emergence, project to the future.
11th & 12th March 2016
Around the Table
INTERVENTION / Guest participation in the seminar around Loïc Touzé and Anne de Kerzeho, with Alain Michard’s project “Around the Table” (Paris 8).
7th March 2016
How to coproduce urban space: the creation of the collective and the urban
ENCOUNTER / Meeting of the National Federation of Urbanism Agencies, organisation of a atelier "How to coproduce urban space: the creation of the collective and the urban", Lyon.
20th October 2015
Arts and territories, how to combine political objectives and artistic presence on a territory ?
RENCONTRE / Rencontre européennes Arts et Territoires, intervention as part of the workshop "Arts and territories, how to combine political objectives and artistic presence on a territory ?", Culture O Centre — Agence culturelle de la Région Centre.
8th October 2015
Professional rendez-vous, Culture, Sports and Leisure on the Canal de l’Ourcq
ENCOUNTER / Est Ensemble – Communauté d’agglomération
12th February 2015
INTERVENTION / Plateau *DUUU radio en direct des Ateliers Médicis autour de la question des « usages » de l’art, animation Axel Meunier.