Duchamp au Jardin

The interdisciplinary Duchamp au Jardin workshops offer primary school pupils from 5 to 8P concrete ways of tackling the issues of ecology and nature in the city through a dialogue with contemporary art, by means of the creation and presentation of their works.

Duchamp au Jardin derives from the Biennial (re)connecting.earth (01) - Urban Gardening, focusing on the interrelationship between urban spaces and the natural environment.

The workshops are being held with the support of the DIP's School & Culture programme.

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Montfleury school pupils at a Duchamp au Jardin workshop. – Laura Moreva
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Sécheron school pupil drawing in Barton Park, inspired by artist instructions. – Lucille Chaboche
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Montfleury school pupils at a Duchamp au Jardin workshop. – Laura Moreva

● How do the workshops work?

The workshops are designed for three sessions of two 45-minute periods each, spaced one week apart. They are based on a series of instructions designed especially for the project by Swiss and international artists. These invite theoretical and practical interactions with nature in the city, and lead to performative actions and drawing.

After studying and activating the artist instructions, the students are invited to develop and create their own.

These new works become an integral part of the exhibition for children and are exhibited in the school at the end of the workshops.

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Sécheron school pupils taking part in a Duchamp au Jardin workshop in Barton park. – Lucille Chaboche
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Pupils working in class at the Vigne-Rouge school to create their instructions. – Laura Moreva
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Sécheron school pupils taking part in a Duchamp au Jardin workshop in Barton park. – Lucille Chaboche

● What topics are covered?

The workshops meet several objectives of the PER for cycle 2 (in Geneva). Activating the instructions allows an interactive exchange to be developed on notions of biodiversity and urban ecology with an artistic and creative approach. The specific themes covered include the diversity of living things (such as plants and their roots), soil life and its functions, and the interactions between species and their environment.

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Duchamp au Jardin workshop in class. – Lucille Chaboche
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One of the mediators of the Duchamp au Jardin program presenting images of insects to a class to improve their understanding. – Laura Moreva
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During the mediators training course. – Lucille Chaboche

● Where do the workshops take place?

In order to experience nature in the city more directly, at least one of the workshop sessions takes place outdoors, in a location close to the school chosen with the teacher. Remaining sessions take place in the classroom.

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Montfleury school pupils drawing in the park near the school during a workshop. – Laura Moreva
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Sécheron school pupils with one of the mediators of the Duchamp au Jardin program. – Lucille Chaboche
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Creation of instructions at the Vigne-Rouge School. – Laura Moreva

● Who leads the workshops?

The workshops are run by mediators from the art-werk association, who specialise in contemporary art and/or urban ecology. The school teacher should also be present during the workshops.

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