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Gilles Bruni, accompanied with Arnaud de la
To ours invitation, Amaury Bourget, imagined a sound installation for places.
Residence organised by the Loire-Atlantique Departemnet in
the castle of Clisson.
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
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.
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,
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
[ + ] La vallée - 2013
[ + ] La plate-forme aux tuteurs : les étendards - 2013
[ + ] Tables-jardins - 2013
Publication: gilles Bruni and Arnaud de la Cotte,
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