From September to October, eight artists presented their work at L’Espace 365 at Zone Sensible. Each artist unveiled their own unique world vision, inspired by the setting and by their own personal convictions around nature and the environment. Portraits of the artists:
Ackroyd & Harvey / supported by [N.A!] Project
This pair of artists is wholly committed to environmental protection and their work combines photographic, architectural and manual techniques. They collected and nurtured acorns from the oaks that Joseph Beuys planted in Kassel in 1982, and now visitors to L’Espace 365 will be greeted by a descendant of one of these oaks.
Photo by Jesse Lin
Astarti Athanasiadou / supported by [N.A!] Project
Asarti is a choreographer, performer and teacher who believes in dialogue as an agent of change and difference in the sociality of performance. Her work portrays the body as a field of composition. In Saint-Denis, she invited her audience to interact with nature hand in hand with the market gardeners who work there.
Simon Ripoll-Hurier / supported by [N.A!] Project
Simon works at the intersection of music and visual arts, where he explores collective images and listening tools. At Zone Sensible’s Espace 365, he presented “The temporary Telecommunication Union”, a workshop looking at the different techniques for listening to nature.
Sjim Hendrix / supported by [N.A!] Project
Sjim Hendrix is a Dutch artist, chef, “food idealist” and creator of pop-up restaurants like Küche der Armen at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague. In his own words, “My pop-up restaurants are more like living sculptures, comprehensive works of art in which I conceal pop-up restaurants. At Saint-Denis, he presented a performance, a culinary symphony.
A visual artist and urban beekeeper, Olivier explores today’s urban environment. He travels with his bees and installs beehives in city streets. He also performs experiments in his own apiary, developing his vision of the inter-relationships between wild and urban and between humans and their environment. Accompanied in his performance at Saint-Denis by cellist Didier Petit, he and the audience collected honey produced at Zone Sensible.
Photo by Emmanuel Ligner
Victor is a visual artist who designs and creates spaces where the creative process is supported by the diverse influences and exchanges that drive an experiment over a given period of time. For one month, visitors to Saint-Denis could see his gigantic clock with a different fruit or vegetable from the farm for each hour.
Carmen is an environmental designer. Through her installations and performances, she allows urban residents to build long-term connections to the earth they live on. This is done by growing food locally, creating reciprocity between humans and non-humans. At Zone Sensible, she unveiled “At the crossroads”, her investigation into the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture.
Michel explores matter and what it says about time and chance. He has a background in visual arts and uses day-to-day materials to provoke unique situations. He creates organic works of art then lets nature deform them. At Saint-Denis he presented an installation made from orange peel and his short film “Multivers”.
Photo by Dorine Potel