Nantes School of Fine Arts and 0101 Architect Agency
Hosted for residency in Nantes, 2020

Step by Step


Emerging artists: Nantes School of Fine Arts

Mentors: 0101 architect agency 

Residency place: Trempo (Nantes, France)

Practice: architecture

Curated by: Josselin Couteau

When we started talking about the MagiC Carpets project with the team and integrating Trempolino in this European programme, we were both excited by the challenge of getting out of our field of activity which is music, and also a little hesitant and thoughtful as the approach seemed so abstract to us. What area did we want to invest in? Which communities did we want to mobilise and reach out to? What collective project made sense between this area, these communities and the artistic practice? Through which medium (visual art, sound art) could we capture and captivate them?

Very quickly, we decided to include the Nantes School of Fine Arts in the project. Because we are richer when there are several of us, and because the logic of partnership has always been in Trempolino’s DNA. We realised that combining the expertise of the Fine Arts School in visual arts and that of Trempo in sound arts would raise the project to new heights. Because our two structures also work in the field of training and because the district is seeing the emergence of a student microcosm with the arrival of the ‘grandes écoles’ (Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, etc.), this partnership became obvious and, thus, initiated a long-term collective work.

The Île de Nantes became our field of exploration and action, but we obviously had to focus on a space, which, over time, would continue to live, initiated by this first stage of MagiC Carpets. From the outset, we wanted this artistic residency to pave the way for a local project that would make sense over time.

We scoured the four corners of the island in search of a space to be activated and energised with its inhabitants and users, without even realising that before our very eyes, in Trempolino itself, a terrace was struggling to live. Yet its potential was obvious, and we aspired that one day it would find “its place” in the life of the neighbourhood.