from September 21, 2019 to October 8, 2020
410m2 of creativity to support the metamorphosis of Uni Bastions
Since 2018, Collectif 1m83 has been inviting contemporary photographers to exhibit their work in public spaces in an effort to show passers-by the interaction between nature, art and architecture.
Each “urban canvas” is inspired by the history of the place and its environment, fusing together, during the period of renovation, a building with a piece of art.
Cultural mediation plays a central role in the proposed creations. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, 1m83 invites the public to meet and exchange ideas around important themes such as public art, the environment, heritage and architecture.
From the series “Vous êtes ici” (you are here) designed by Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, this singular panorama offers an opportunity to contemplate. Like this dreamy and lonely woman, the spectator is immersed in the beauty of
a landscape that is both peaceful and mysterious. The originality of this bare space lies in the manufacturing process. The landscape is produced by a computer program that uses the colors and shapes of the woman herself.
At the heart of this anamorphosis of 410 m2,
the human - very real - is the origin of the digital environment. The image refers symbolically to the vegetal universe of the Bastions Park and the impact human beings have on nature. While being integrated into the urban space, this canvas also echoes the planned transformation of the emblematic building of the University of Geneva. A metamorphosis of the stone that follows sustainable development principles and supports the continuous acquisition of knowledge within a creative university open to the world.
Within the framework of this open-air exhibition, the Collectif 1m83 proposes to children to rediscover the Parc des Bastions through art. Available online, the cultural activity Who are the landscapes? echoes the photographic work "Vous êtes ici" by the artist Mathieu Bernard-Reymond. Its subject: a solitary woman facing the beauty of a mysterious landscape.
This mediation has been conceived for classes from 5P to 8P (8-12 years old) as an interactive and playful journey in this essential place in Geneva. It is also a virtual visit at the end of which each child is invited to draw his or her own landscape and to discover the secret of the work's making.
Born in Gap in 1976, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond
graduated from the Institute of Political Studies
in Grenoble and the School of Photography
in Vevey. He made visual transformation
his signature. By numerically transforming landscapes and architectures, the French-Swiss artist creates strange and poetic worlds that combine romanticism and conceptual dimension. He exhibits his work around the world since 2001 and already received multiple awards.
The meeting between photography
and an emblematic building
of the alma mater
Built by architects Collart, Franel and Gindroz between 1868 and 1872, the University of Bastions was built on the backfilled pits that surrounded the ancient fortifications of the 17th century.
Symbol of Geneva's academic life, the building is made up of three bodies: in the center, the Academy founded by Jean Calvin, and in the wings the Museum of Natural History (Aile Jura) until 1963 and the Public Library (Salève wing).
Symbol of Geneva's academic life, the building is made up of three bodies: in the center,
the Academy founded by Jean Calvin, and in the wings the Museum of Natural History (Aile Jura) until 1963 and the Public Library (Salève wing).
In the news
of a canvas
In collaboration with the Métiers d'Art Genève, the Collectif 1m83 wished to launch a competition to recycle this 410m2 urban canvas.
The recycling of the canvas will give a second life to this ephemeral art and will highlight the creativity and know-how of local Swiss designers and craftsmen in order to produce, distribute and market an original and attractive product.