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 Franche-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.
The CowParade or VAch’Art serves as a starting point for the first proposal. Originally conceived by the Swiss artistic director Walter Knapp in 1998, then taken over by the American businessman Peter Hanig in 1999 and since then shown in some thirty cities around the world, the “Cowparade” is an exhibition in which a herd of cow sculptures in fibreglass is personalised by local artists and fashion designers and then installed in the city center streets.
Cow Demonstration is organized as a revival, which puts the issues in a rural situation, starting from a pre-existing visual element: the wooden cow silhouettes used for the decorations of agricultural comices serve as a lever to question rurality. Mathieu Tremblin and the SAPAT and STAV students, with the help of the school’s technical agent, created a series of 10 cows with the brown spot pattern of the Montbéliardes cows on one side and a graphic motif of the order of the report, the claim or the slogan on the other.
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.