Strasbourg, July 2016


To help us develop our artistic process for the Artecitya Project, we invited seven civic services to join Apollonia. From january to august 2016, they have been working on the development of the citizen lab project, in Strasbourg and Colmar. As they are all wonderful but all different, we introduce them to you.

Can you introduce yourself ? How old are you ? What have you been studying ?

My name is Floriane, I’m 25.

I’m in my second year of Master in graphic arts. The goal of my studies is to produce some contemporary art work thanks to a deep learning of art theory and history. These knowledges are acquired at the university but especially by developing a personal practical and theoretical way of thinking. I think that this self-development is the key to move forward professionally.

Why did you apply to this civic service ?

As I am currently studying for my degree, I made the choice to add a professional experience to my studies. The civic service appeared to me as a sweet 8 months deal. It allows me to take a significant role in Apollonia’s activities. It also is a mind opening experience, and it offers many professional opportunities in my field of activity (which is contemporary art), as well as a rewarding experience.

I’ve got two main reasons for taking part in this civic service. First, I already knew Apollonia before working here. I took part to a workshop by Alexander UGAY, that led to the exhibition Random Memory Machine. This exhibition was a major contribution to my studies, and it really motivated me to work at Apollonia. On the other hand, I had to improve my theoretical knowledges. It happened with the meeting of european artists and curators, and through the creation and monitoring of an exhibition project and of a urban project. I want to acquire new skills that I will apply to other fields of work.

How do you get involved in the Artecitya project ?

I get involved in the Artecitya project by taking care of each aspect of the design and the completion, step by step. My job as a civic service was to take part into every project of the Citizen-Lab : the one in Colmar, at the Robertsau or in Neuhof.

What‘s your reflexion process regarding the importance of art and human being in our cities ?

It’s important to rethink those aspects, especially in this situation of growing tensions. The city is a restricted space, it’s public, and ruled by a political order. Based on this observation, we can define the city as a space where liberties are limited. In contemporary art, this space of expression is the one of many artists. To take position for or against something suggest a possibility of movement, and a high degree of mobility. The artist needs an exhibition area, and to study the audience. And it’s when the street becomes this area that the artist stands for something. No matter the form chosen for the artistic action, if they are ephemeral, tangible or intangible, they contribute to enhance the social link between the citizens and the city.

How did you get involved in the Citizen-Lab project ?

I always had a view on the Citizen-Lab projects, but particularly on two of them. The first one is the one in Neuhof, for which we went on the field to understand what was at stake, especially the fact that we had to raise the awareness of the inhabitants. We also established some meetings during a workshop organized with our partner, Bellastock.

The second one is the participative garden at Robertsau, as we worked on the whole design of the project. We got in touch with our potential partners, and we met artists who will eventually get the oportunity to achieve an artistic project for the garden. We also worked on what was at stake for the garden, and the design of the urban furnitures. We thought of the plans, that were lately modelled in 3D by Czech Artists.

My involvment in the Citizen Lab projects happened naturally. We created groups according to our beliefs, expectations and to our good will.