The first phase of the Attitudes Mineures project is taking place at the private agricultural teaching school Saint-Joseph, located in Les Fontenelles in the Haut-Doubs, France, during the harsh winter, which makes it difficult to practice outdoors. The village is built along a departmental road that branches off into a network of streets and paths leading to the Franc-Comté houses, old farmhouses and other private dwellings. The layout is reduced to its simplest expression, signage and transport; instead of a public square, fields. This is why Mathieu Tremblin proposes to shift the focus of his work with high school students around the notion of rurbanity rather than on urbanity itself.
In addition to the Cow Demonstration project, the head of the Saint-Joseph high school asked Mathieu Tremblin to create a second work on the canteen wall. Since a large part of the school’s curriculum is related to agriculture, he suggested that the students create a map based on a collection of two thousand fruit labels. After several collective attempts to sort and visualize these graphic data presenting fruit from various geographical origins, they opt for a representation unfolding like an orange peel: the “Dymaxion projection on an unfolded icosahedron” by Richard Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao from 1954. The map, presenting a mosaic of triangular shapes, is repeated in an orange peel pattern, on which the labels are affixed like fleas indicating the countries of origin of the citrus fruits.
In the canteen, the orange peel world map helps to raise awareness of distribution channels and methods, and augurs well for the appropriation of the map by pupils through the stealthy addition of new labels from their daily consumption of fruit.
VISUAL ARTISTS IN HIGH SCHOOL
Attitudes Mineures brings together three school residencies with the artist Mathieu Tremblin.
The first took place at the private agricultural teaching school Saint Joseph in Les Fontenelles, France, from 6 to 8 March and from 20 to 23 March 2017 with the students.
The second took place at the Lycée Jacques Duhamel in Dole from 10 to 14 April and from 9 to 12 May 2017 with the students too.
The third residency took place at the Montciel vocational high school in Lons-le-Saunier from 2 to 4 May and from 30 May to 2 June with the students too.
Attitudes Mineures is part of the 2016-2017 “Plastic Artists in High School” scheme initiated by the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region with the support of the DRAC and in partnership with the DAAC of the Rectorate of the Besançon Academy and the DRAAF.
Founding member of the duo Les Frères Ripoulain since 2006, Mathieu Tremblin lives in Strasbourg and works in Europe. He is inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in the urban space and implements simple and playful actions to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city. He favours contextual intervention in the urban space, performance walking, the creation of tools, the hijacking of objects, and uses editions, installations, photographs, and videos to document or reinvest his experiments.
Mathieu Tremblin, Johanna Romary