OCT 2015: SCREEN PRINTING AND COLLECTIVE COLLAGE
The first session of the 2015/2016 school year began with a workshop to discover a craft printing technique: silk-screen printing. Quentin Coussirat from Atelier Superseñor intervened, with the help of our team, in 6 primary school classes in the Grette and Butte districts of Besançon. The 118 pupils concerned each created two shapes under constraints: one organic and one geometric, both of which had to touch three sides of their 30 x 30 format sheet. These were then used by each of them as visuals to be printed during an introductory workshop on silkscreen printing. Each student drew lots for one colour for one shape, the superimposition creating a third colour and above all, a third shape! All of the prints were finally pooled together through a collective collage in a public space, 6 rue du Polygone in Besançon.
DEC 2015: MAPPING AND ORIENTATION GAME
On the occasion of the second session of the year, Eltono wanted to make schoolchildren in La Grette and La Butte aware of the labyrinthine world of cartography while emphasizing its link with the public space. The pupils first familiarised themselves with the world of maps by using the streets and roads on a map of the town of Besançon to trace the letters of their first names. Without knowing the final goal, each group of pupils then tested their sense of orientation and observation during a treasure hunt in their neighbourhoods, following and recording on a map the routes proposed by Eltono and Johanna, our cultural action officer. On returning from their instructive mop, the children were surprised to discover that the assembly of their respective plans and routes had in fact become a giant tag, forming a gigantic word all over the city… words which, all together, formed the sentence “We wrote this walk together”.
As part of its educational policy and its project for culture 2010> 2020, Besançon decided to establish, in conjunction with artists, outreach projects and initiations of schoolchildren primary to different artistic practices. These projects are organized as part of a “Local Arts Education Agreement” (in french, CLEA). For the 2014/2015 year the association Juste Ici was chosen to involve an artist with students from two primary schools : the School of Butte and the school of Grette in Besançon. These are well over 160 classes of children from primary school that meet the artist Eltono through three stages of collective and participatory artistic creations in public spaces. Having started with a visit to Bien Urbain, an artistic route trough (and with) public space, the target is to get students to discover the area of urban arts, especially by the sensitivity through practice.
From abstract graffiti to installations, Eltono is constantly looking for the anomalies or systems of repetitions at work in the towns that he visits. His curiosity leads him to create extremely methodical and often aleatory abstract series (paintings on doors, installations, sculptures, walks…). He rarely maintains control over what he has created, letting the city and its users modify, alter, or enhance his offerings developed under constraints, creating potential works of art in construction.
Pictures : Eloïse Auffrey, Johanna Romary, Chloé Cura, Lucile Andersen, Nicolas Granger, Fany Linossier, Nicolas Waltefaugle