“I work in and with the landscape. Real landscapes in which I wander and bivouac. Landscapes fantasized through the stories of Science-Fiction and Fantasy. During these walks, I glean the forms, sensations and materials that make up my sculptural and performative practice. The know-how of ceramics or vegetable dyes allow me to raise awareness of the economy of my body in a landscape and to register myself in a genealogy of gestures. Most often, each piece is thought out as an encounter with a place and its inhabitants (who are not necessarily human). At the moment, I live in Marseille so I forge links with the Provençal hinterland. I fantasize “Nature” as a welcoming margin where I can become indefinite in a porous future. I try to share these experiences by arranging collective spaces where we can imagine new ways of living and doing. »
Whore and gardener, Lazare Lazarus draws bodies that open like windows onto clumps of burning garrigue, where the limestone heats under the agaves erected like temples, where the prickly pear cactus bleed in the sun, and knock against the shore, where the pines, flattened in the hollow of the scree, give off scents of cum and resin. Lazare imagines moving lands to collect the memory of bodies and recount our struggling desires. Herbariums, etchings, serigraphs, so many chapels to meditate and happily band with the landscape.
After training in life sciences, nature animation, and image technique, he is now a naturalist photographer and videographer who also evolves in the field of scientific popularization. Its activities oscillate between the observation and reproduction of natural phenomena in a framework of research and artistic creation, and the dissemination of this knowledge to the general public. Through images or “live” animations, exhibitions or hikes, he tries to encourage us to look at the world around us differently, to make us feel all its diversity, to arouse curiosity. Always with the desire to mix arts and science, nature and culture, knowledge and creation. And this through various personal or collective projects, such as the Bertrik project, an associative place of art and nature in the Alpes-Maritimes (moissons.eu/)
© Yoann Thubin
© Yoann Thubin
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.