“Les Parenthèses” as part of A Journey to Nantes

For the International Cities and Mental Wellbeing Symposium, A Journey to Nantes is organising a series of “Parenthèses” (interludes) dedicated to four permanent pieces from the urban collection. Each interlude corresponds to a short time dedicated to the piece, interpreted and described by a researcher, philosopher or writer, who, beyond a critical analysis of the work, sensitively sheds light on questions that are relevant to our world, with artists as spokespersons. Each interlude provides an opportunity to discover the work, and then, in a nearby place, to exchange views with the speaker on what it provokes in the public space from the viewpoint of mental health.


Events are proposed to you over the 3 days of the Symposium:

Friday, December 2

4:30 pm

JUNGLE INTERIEURE (Inner Jungle) by Evor

Moderator: Romaric PERROCHEAU

The devouring passion for plants led the artist Evor to create, in the tiny courtyards of a private passage, a hanging garden, a small, exuberant vegetable marvel. It is composed of a joyful, non-restrictive mixture of continental, exotic, Mediterranean and wild plants. , hybrids, “weeds”, grasses, trees, bushes, lianas… to be discovered from a small belvedere, a unique view of this green bubble dominated by the belfry of the Sainte-Croix church.

Romaric Perrocheau, born in Nantes, did part of his studies at Clémenceau high school in Nantes, close to the Jardin des Plantes! After the school of water and forests in Nancy, he joined the green spaces department of Rennes, then he took over the management of the Jardin des Plantes de Nantes in September 2008 in Nantes. Since 2020, he is the head of the Nature and Gardens Department of the city of Nantes. Also a storyteller, he has always distinguished himself by his many proposals well off the beaten track.

  • Meet at 4:30 p.m. in front of the work: Passage Bouchaud 44000 Nantes
  • 3-minute walk between the piece and the conference venue
  • Conference: Passage Sainte-Croix – 9 rue de la Bâclerie 44000 Nantes
  • Free access within the limit of available places
  • Duration: 60min

6:30 pm

ELOGE DU PAS DE COTE (Ode to sidestepping) by Philippe RAMETTE

Moderator: André GUIGOT

“Ode to sidestepping” by Philippe Ramette is a bronze sculpture which represents, in the guise of the artist, a male character in costume, turned towards the horizon. Only one foot rests on the base, the other escapes. With an improbable posture of balance, the work is the allegory of a bold, creative and contemplative attitude towards the world.

André Guigot is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Doctor of Political Science (Paris I Sorbonne) and a graduate of the International College of Philosophy. André Guigot teaches at the Appert High School in Orvault and is a lecturer at Nantes University. Author of several essays and works, including : Sartre, freedom and history (Vrin), Who thinks what?, To put an end to “happiness”, and 365 reasons to be happy…all the same, Praise of friendship (Bayard) , Little Philosophy of Amorous Passion, The Wisdom of Days (Milan) . The sense of responsibility and love (L’Harmattan). As a specialist of Sartre and contemporary philosophy, his latest essays focus on questions related to emotions, human feelings and nature.

  • Meet at 6:30 p.m. in front of the piece: Place du Bouffay
  • Free access within the limit of available places
  • 3-minute walk between the piece and the conference venue
  • Conference: Passage Sainte-Croix – 9 rue de la Bâclerie 44000 Nantes
  • Duration: 60min

Saturday, December 3

11:00 a.m.

BELVEDERE DE L’HERMITAGE (Hermitage Belvedere) by Tadashi KAWAMATA

Moderator: Virginie PRINGUET

Tadashi Kawamata’s Hermitage Belvedere, a gigantic chaotic tangle of beams clinging to the cliff that evokes the precarious shape of a bird’s nest, offers an unobstructed and unobstructed view of the city from its long, narrow wooden walkway that crosses cantilever over the void.

Virginie Pringuet is coordinator of the “Fresco & Art in situation” section of the Beaux-Arts de Paris. An independent curator specializing in public art and a researcher in aesthetics and digital humanities, she has worked since the 2000s at the intersection of artistic programming and university research around the curation of “open” artistic and cultural data and the digital heritage. Since 2014, she has piloted the Atlasmuseum project (atlasmuseum.net), a collaborative inventory and semantic mapping tool for works of art in the public space. She is a member of the steering committee of the UDPN network (Usages des Patrimoines Numérisés) at the Sorbonne Nouvelle.

  • Meet at 11 a.m. in front of the piece: Butte Sainte-Anne, 5-7 rue de l’Hermitage 44100 Nantes
  • Free access within the limit of available places
  • 3-minute walk between the piece and the conference venue
  • Conference: Maison de quartier Le Dix, 10 place des Garennes 44100 Nantes
  • Duration: 60min

3:00 p.m.

MIROIRS DES TEMPS (Mirrors of the Times) by Pascal CONVERT

Moderator: Pascaline THIOLLIERE

Mirrors of the Times by Pascal Convert, represents in bas-relief on glass slabs a family of deer with a spectral allure: “At the Miséricorde cemetery, the hybridization of nature and death opens up the evanescent apparition, always on the verge of disappearance, of these legendary beings, stag, doe, roe deer. Messengers suspended in the invisible immensity of a slab of glass like water, they open their almond-shaped eyes and their pupils sparkle, accompanying the visitor like vigilant statues that have this incredible ability to be still and in motion. »

Pascaline Thiollière is an architect, doctor in Architecture, teacher and researcher at the Ambiances Architectures Urbanités laboratory in Grenoble. In her research as in her practice of architecture and urban planning, she is particularly interested in the preliminary atmospheres of the spaces of death, the dead and of memory, the spatiality of mourning and the ecological future of practices and spaces.

  • Meet at 3 p.m. in front of the piece: Miséricorde Cemetery – entrance via rue du Bourget
  • Irregular surface and narrow passages. A signposted path allows you to see the works from an alley.
  • Free access within the limit of available places
  • 15-minute walk between the piece and the conference venue
  • Conference: Joséphine B – 9 Rue Descartes
  • Duration: 60min

Guided meditation, “Mindful Art Experience”

Written and moderated by Marjan ABADIE, director of the Mindfulness Institute.

Mindful Art Experience offers an inner journey around the work of Georges de La Tour, as if you were discovering it for the first time. This sensory and personal experience invites you to an immersion in painting. In a world where everything is going faster and faster, this mindfulness meditation is part of a Slow art approach, looking at each painting in an intimate and universal way and bringing well-being and connection to oneself, to the work of art and to others.

Several slots are proposed:

Thursday, December 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.:

  • Free animation but payment of the entrance to the Museum (4€ or 8€),
  • Registration via this link, on the Nantes Art Museum website
  • Registration within the limit of available places

Thursday December 1 from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.:

Saturday, December 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • By videoconference (information to come)
  • Online registration within the limit of available places