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Vegetal Arrangement 2, the laboratory

Gilles Bruni, accompanied with Arnaud de la Cotte

To ours invitation, Amaury Bourget, imagined a sound installation for places.

Residence organised by the Loire-Atlantique Departemnet in the castle of Clisson.

With the current recognition taken into account of the fragility of environment and the abandonment of the job of weed killers. Vegetation found the way of the ruins. Prendant two in residence, Gilles Bruni accompanied with Arnaud de la Cotte noticed and accompanied this flora and these grasses so often named bad. From their laboratory a plant arrangement appeared, subtle game of landscapes composed of lines, colours, valleys, mountains and caves.

Virginie Bourget, artistic direction

Exhibition: July 7th on October 13th, 2013.

Finishing: "big soup of harvest", on Saturday, September 28th, 2013



Situation: in a medieval castle ruins it, used as plant in plan landscapist of François-Frederick Lemot at the beginning of the 19th century, areas of the castle become the place of interventions often discretes.

Dates : second period, between february 2013 and july 2013.

Materials: stones, stocks of larch, stems of osier, dead branches harvested by larch, burnt iron thread.

Device year 2: 10 stations: The Rome's ruin (la ruine-de-Rome)//The veduta 2//The landscape of Astéracées 2//The mouth of the ogre//The flower beds 2//The tables of level surface or tables-gardens//The valley of grasses 2//The hill in the cairns 2//The tent-index or the tent-index of the curtains//The platform of the staking (plants): flags.

Dimensions of in situ: variables, undetermined: installations divided inside the castle.

Members of the laboratory
Virginie Bourget and the team of La Garenne Lemot : the gardeners,the personnel and the art mediators of the castle - Amaury Bourget, sound artist - Laurence Caron, herbalist - Bruno Corneille et François Liorzou, teachers form Lycée Jules Rieffel - Guillaume Péron, David Picard and Marek Niel, Thibaut Rivallin, Noémie de la Cotte, assistants - Jean-Louis Vincendeau, historian of the art of gardens - Laurence Neuveu, bookseller - Yoann le Clair, graphist - Close to us: Liliane, Nathalie, Clément, Corentin, Léobin, Bérénice, Elsa, Laëtitia, Olivier, Emmanuelle, Gilbert, Johann, Léo, Anne, Louann, Luc, Michel, Alain, Pascale.


The freedom of the gardener
The face of the artist in gardener or The freedom of the gardener

Dialogue between Gilles Bruni and Arnaud de la Cotte.
«Vegetal arrangement» is our laboratory, our "zone of artistic experimentation». We make artists gardeners, we put down acts: cut, tear off, harvest, weed, scratch, stack up, burn, hoe… But is it enough to make full gardeners of us?
The garden which we produce in the castle is almost invisible. He does not return in the game of habitual conventions, he does not answer a pre-established order. Produced by some perception of nature and of some scruffiness, it slips into places, moulds in areas abandoned by the visitors, borders, blind spots and prohibited places.

Our job draws inspiration from tasks accomplished by the gardeners, agents of the Department. Themselves really maintain the monument. They watch to regulate the presence of the plant and to avoid invasion by the waste land, to assure a level of cleanness waited by the visitors and to guarantee the protection of ruins under the watchful of the conservative. It is true that the plant is sometimes the enemy of the stone. And yet for some years, the new environmental standards drove to the abandonment of the usage of weed killers. Ruderal vegetation fast took back its rights and finally, the presence of the plant is more tolerated than including.

Perhaps do we practice gardening as art, «art to cultivate»? To promote, to leave, to fall away, to dispose We play and divert horticultural and agricultural techniques, we flirt with an odd ambiguity which makes us sometimes take the place of the official gardeners in the look of the publics.

For us, gardening becomes game. Entertainment and laugh are never very far. Game of forms and of language, in a report for the pleasure of making. The planting of Jerusalem artichokes in «the valley of the grasses» becomes «the starting of the vegetables». The semi of wild plants on «the hill of the cairns» becomes «the throwing of the plant bombs», like Liz Christy who used this technology in 1970s when she created in New York the green guerilla. The willows put in  pots, imprisoned in the bottom of to them simple of dungeon in the aplomb of the home - door, «the solopots». We took them away then unloosed them in the clissonnaise countryside where they live from now on at the edge of a stream, with complete freedom. Tables become "tables-gardens" or «tables of level surface» in the manorial court, shortened by whom plants used to the walls of the castle would come to grow ironically in the plates of the guests.

Plant arrangement returns inevitably in memory of François-Frédéric Lemot (1772 - 1827) who transformed the castle into a "fabrique" (building into historical parks). This founder act justifies in a way our artists' action gardeners.

Arnaud de la Cotte


[ + ] La vallée - 2013

[ + ] La plate-forme aux tuteurs : les étendards - 2013

[ + ] Tables-jardins - 2013

Publication: gilles Bruni and Arnaud de la Cotte,
with Jean-Louis Vincendeau - EDITIONS Joca Seria
18,50 euros - 96 pages, size 24 x 17 cm
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