Scandal! A chase between racing cars in the center of Besançon (FR)! To the astonishment of passersby, cars in cardboard boxes straight out of the imagination of the students of the Pasteur high school arose from the Quai Vauban before rushing into the Place de la Révolution. The tires screeched around the fountain before the machines took over the management of the Pasteur high school.
At the origin of the event : the visual artist Benedetto Bufalino, in residency at the Pasteur high school in Besançon and at the Luxembourg high school in Vesoul (FR). This residency allowed students to take part in the preparation and the realization of an urban performance typical of the artist’s approach. Benedetto Bufalino is “an artist not of museum but of street”, tells us the art historian Paul Ardenne, an artist who “reconfigures” our daily life “in the mode of a good joke which is always the occasion to leave to think“.
In the urban performance produced with the high school students, the diverted luxury car seems to be turned against the values it usually represents: luxury cars, yes, but tinkered with cardboard, poor material if any, and a use which, with the privilege of driving alone behind the wheel of a rare object, opposes the pleasure of the collective parade, imprinted with a spirit of childhood and carnival.
ARTISTES PLASTICIENS AU LYCÉE
These workshops were conducted as part of the “Artistes plasticiens au lycée” scheme offered by the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. Through this system – and with the partnership of the DRAC and the DAAC – the Regional Council of Franche-Comté aims to arouse curiosity and encourage the initiatives of high school students by meeting artists and discovering places of creation and artistic diffusion. Three approaches are tackled during the residency: the encounter with a work through the discovery of a creative process, artistic and cultural practice and the construction of an aesthetic judgment. Having started with a visit to Urban Property, the objective is to bring students to discover the field of urban arts, as much by sensitivity as by practice.
Benedetto Bufalino’s art pieces turn circumstances over and underline the comic and irreverent effect alowed by art. By seroiusly taking absurd idea he cancels the function of objects, as a car, a playground, etc… to turn it into something new, fun and offbeat.
Chloé Cura, Johanna Romary, David Demougeot, Pauline Blondlot, Léo Gallo