Raphaël Caillens constantly treads the truant paths outside the conventional boxes of a unique profession. A landscape architect by training, multidisciplinary at heart, calling himself “gardener-poet”, he rubbed shoulders with the performing and performance arts and always takes an artistic and critical look during his interventions. Each of his projects comes alive around a unique place, where one can take the time to settle down, to develop attempts to live together: what people feel in common in this place, how they can experimenting, developing it, commenting on it becomes a source of possibility. Thus is woven – between the taste for the human bond, respectful and generous, the sensitivity of the landscape whatever it is, the patience to work with all the living elements, the resistance to consuming and spectacular immediacy – a know-how together that lets beauty emerge. Evelyne Bachoc
© Benjamin Bechet
It’s been a custom in his family since the dawn of time: Sébastien Maufroid has never touched a steering wheel. Knighted by ants, weeds and lines of desire, this aristocrat of the sidewalks, whose etiquette is slow effort, walks like a novel. Artist-author and hiking guide (Middle Mountain Guide), he draws maps from precious narrative threads. And on the slopes of the mountains or the slag of the asphalt, we hear him whistle his motto: knowing how to walk is finding good stories.
© Sébastien Maufroid
© Sébastien Maufroid
Alexis Feix, landscape designer, gardener, musician, draws the project with a personal vision of botany and ecology. After graduating from the National School of Landscape in Versailles (ENSP), Alexis devoted himself to the construction of cartographic writing combining a reading of the transversal landscape and an artistic practice, particularly around the world of music. This is how an approach to drawing, conception and action is articulated.
At the same time, teaching at the ENSP, he works on pedagogy as a subject for thinking about landscape through experience and thinking about the transformations of the profession of landscape architect, particularly in the relationship between landscape and politics.
Artist and landscaper by training, Julien Rodriguez uses walking and sensitive cartography as a tool for understanding our environment, our society, as a vector of collective imaginations and histories.
He designs and manufactures contextual artistic interventions, draws maps, travel diaries, is also interested in sound and writing. Always taking inspiration from what the place says. By going to meet those who live there. By highlighting what is already there. By forging links. By multiplying the points of view.
Scientific mediators in urban ecology
The flâneuses are 2 passionate ecological biologists, who transmit and talk about their favorite world, the sea for one and bats for the other, and this in their city of heart, Marseille.
After a Masters in biodiversity management, Marion Gayaud worked for various species study and conservation programs: in the Gers on the European Pond Turtle (semi-aquatic turtle) then in Germany on migratory birds. It was in 2011 that she fell to the dark side of the force, specializing in the study of bats. A hybrid animal itself, city dweller and naturalist, she will take you into her passion for these strange young ladies of the night and introduce you to the world of Marseilles urban ecology.
In 2010, after her master’s degree in biology, Anjelika Solé went to study monkeys in an Indian forest and then dolphins and sea turtles in the Red Sea in Egypt. It was in 2011 that she began working as a scientific mediator at the Marseille Museum and she led multiple outings to explore urban biodiversity. Today, she is an environmental guide and lecturer and she will introduce you to nature through her scientific and educational culture.
Upside down guide
Anne-Sophie Turion expresses her appetite for the living and the visual in the form of in-situ interventions, performances, shows. In the black box or in the open air, she attacks reality to orchestrate it into fiction. Using humorously the artifices of the theater or the cinema, she creates stories with apparent cogs: spectacular images and scenarios are constructed on sight, letting real life take hold on all sides.
Anne-Sophie often works with four hands: she has designed several projects as a duo with performer Jeanne Moynot (Bordel in 2017, Le poil de la bête and It remains between us in 2018, Belles plants in 2019) and is currently starting a new creation with the choreographer Eric Minh Cuong Castaing as part of their pair residency at Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto).
Founded in 2021, his company, Grandeur nature, is supported by ActOral, Artist support office (Marseille).
Created in 2008, Agonie du Palmier is a collective based in Marseille.
It hosts shows created within it and supports them throughout their creation and distribution. Each show has its own identity according to the team that constitutes it because the artists of the collective come from various artistic practices. The collective gives itself the right to regularly change shape in order to be as close as possible to the reality of those who compose it. Today the artistic direction is provided by Coline Found and Pierrick Bonjean. They give the shows clownish, ‘pataphysical tints; in the street, in an apartment, in a conference, at the bar counter, on a Villosophical stroll … They work again and again on the absurdity of the world which makes them living performers, not yet dead.
Anthropologist revealing heritage
Nathalie Cazals is driven by her curiosity and the desire to understand how things work around us. Always in search of meaning when she engages in an adventure.
A (in) quest on cultural identities for her doctorate and here she is an archaeologist for more than 15 years. Thus, from the hands in the earth to a systemic view of culture, it develops a wide range of knowledge and promotes heritage in multiple forms. It supports communities and the associative sector in the implementation of cultural projects whose values come from popular education and through the application of Cultural Rights, by creating synergies between tourism, cultural and social actors.
Author of stories, Nathalie Cazals shares her investigations of Marseille, with meticulousness and scientific analysis and a zest of artistic renditions during urban walks.