Living, Domaine de Chamarande

Living, Domaine de Chamarande


May 31 – November 1, 2015 at the Domaine de Chamarande

Artists : Florent Albinet, Pierre Ardouvin, art nOmad, Berdaguer & Péjus, Botto e Bruno, Charlotte Charbonnel, COLOCO, constructlab, Florence Doléac and David de Tscharner, Jean-François Fourtou, Zhenchen Liu, Liliana Motta, Giulia Piccione, Stefan Shankland, Stéphane Thidet, Laurent Tixador, Laure Tixier

Shared curatorship: Paul Ardenne, Lauranne Germond of COAL, Pablo Georgieff of COLOCO, Thierry Paquot, Stefan Shankland

Beyond its trivial meaning – to lodge, to reside at such and such an address or in such and such a neighborhood -, its initial expression “dwelling cell” or that of the convent which evokes isolation, the term “to live” refers to the relationship that man has with the places of his existence, but also to the relationship, constantly renewed, that he establishes with his environment and his close relations in an immaterial way.

HABITATE intertwines time and space, the awareness of what surrounds us, our propensity to weave links, our ability to take the time to say – language is the habitat of being -, to create situations of thought. An exploration that questions the different ways of living – staying, frequenting, playing – and revisits the history and sociology of a territory.

At Chamarande, this dynamic of questioning takes on its full meaning in terms of the historical context, the territorial context and the cultural context. The Domaine was a holiday resort for the nobility in the 17th and 19th centuries, and was also the headquarters of Auguste Mione’s public works company, Construction Moderne Française (19571972). Located in the heart of Essonne, between urban and rural areas, on the borders of the Greater Paris area, the Domaine also integrates the societal dimension and ecological changes into its territorial project “sustainable culture and living together”.

But the term HABITER only makes sense if it is enriched by the contributions of different disciplines – architecture, sociology, urbanism, ethnology, philosophy. And it is here that the shared curatorship finds all its relevance, between the emulation of minds and the friction of experiences: recontextualizing the concept, questioning the artists and imagining the position of the visitor in his capacity to be and to open up to the other, to others, to the world. An exhibition that places the term HABITATE in a processual, relational and transversal path The aim is to immerse the public in a series of experiences, in a form of involvement, while giving an important place to orality, which is reinforced by the Brunchs de Chamarande, meetings-debates animated every Sunday in June and July by the members of the committee, in the presence of the artists.

HABITER provokes relational situations between the visitors of the Domaine, the creators, the productions, the park and the territory. The works, most of which were created specifically for the exhibition, form an anthology of how the artists inhabit the world and invite the public to share their visions and feelings of HABITATE.


> May 31 – August 31: daily from 9am for the park / 12pm-7pm for the castle
> September 1 – November 1: every day from 9am for the park / Wednesday to Sunday and holidays,
1pm-6pm for the castle



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COALITION exhibition – associated programming
COALITION, 15 years of art and ecology

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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

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    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.