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 Miriam, I am 19.

Being the youngest among the civic services, I can’t pretend that I graduated already. I got my high school degree in science during summer 2015, and I started studying accounting on september 2015. I quickly realized that those studies and the employment possibilities wouldn’t suit me at all. I decided to dedicate the whole past year to a deep introspection for my professional future. And I wanted to do this alongside a practical and rewarding mission.

Why did you apply to this civic service ?

The civic service appeared to be ideal for young people who are still looking for their path and who need a practical and fulfilling experience. It lasts a few months so I think it’s perfect to take decisions regarding our projects. Moreover it’s an opportunity for me to be free and independent, with a distinct framework to move forward peacefully. It also allows me to discover the backstage of a non-profit organization, and it’s way more complicated than what people could think of !

To make it short and concise, I love art, culture and meeting people. Apollonia gives me the oportunity to get involved in those three fields of activity, thanks to the many artistic projects and exhibitions and to the artists and professional workers we meet or collaborate with. The european aspect of the organization is also a very interesting aspect that drew my attention.

How are you involved in the Artecitya project ?

Right now, I’m working on the model for the print catalogue of e-city Prague. A good communication is essential in this kind of structure, to let people know about the level of accomplishment of our projects, make them know about our meetings, invite them to our exhibition, or simply get known by the mass. An organization like ours can’t let this part down. There are so many ways to communicate that neglecting this aspect would be like burying our head in the sand. Without an audience or external support, a huge project like Apollonia would be worthless. I also take part in the Neuhof project. We made a workshop during a week, meeting the people from the suburb, it was really rewarding and it’s the kind of situation that stimulates your creativity.

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

People should take more time to chill and live in coordination with their environment rather than always hurry. This idea of a going from a point A to a point B as fast as possible is specific of the city. Art contributes to help people progress on a new dynamics. They get more contemplative, steadier. Urban furnitures get cozier and make people want to stop by to enjoy the moment. I think art should be integrated to the Urban environment, because besides making our cities prettier, it initiate people to arts and I think it’s a wonderful thing ! The size of the city also offers a bigger space for artists to express their creativity. They are more and more using this particularity for their artistic creations.