CHANTIER : Special event

An event as part of CHANTIER

A project by Jean-François Prost with collaborators, presented by Skol


September 30th 2023, 4 : 00 pm *(postponed to October 1st in case of rain, see Facebook page)

On the vacant lot at 6919 Marconi St. and in the neighborhood.


Artists: Marcela Szwarc, Martin Dufrasne
Musicians: hangedmagpie et Yuecheng Huang



5:00 pm: Presentation about CHANTIER’s program and exchange with artist Martin Dufrasne 

6:00 pm: Performance by Marcela Szwarc accompanied by the public and musicians hungedmagpie and Yuecheng Huang

Sense of Space, Good Will, and Energy

As day becomes dusk, Marcela Szwarc will lead volunteers, community members and participating musicians on a procession around the neighborhood. Join us the procession! Guided by sound, we will parade with banners and masks through Mile Ex. As well as being an ode to Dick Higgins and Lamont Young of Fluxus, the procession will serve as a temporal space to transition from summer to autumn, from day to night.

+ Jam session by hangedmagpie and Yuecheng Huang on violin and accordion



CHANTIER is an artistic, political and social investigation of the conceptualization and creation of a large display device situated on a vacant lot at 6919 Marconi in Montréal. For more than a year, this proposed structure will serve as a support for the realization of a series of collaborative, artistic and civic interventions.

6919 Marconi, starting point of the CHANTIER project, is located in a hybrid urban zone (residential, industrial and commercial) along a train line. For many years now, Prost individually and collectively initiated on this 1 800 ft2 lot different types of occupations, such as workshops, projections, launches and urban camping. Today, many city dwellers are challenged and drawn to this vacant lot as a space-time of stopping, slowing down and spontaneity in an era of acceleration and increased control.

Unlike entertained-animated spaces that are overly programmed and codified, as we know nowadays, the vacant lot stays wide open for imagination (without dictating how we behave, move and travel). According to the theoretician Benjamin Delmotte, this allows “multiple never-ending beginnings.”

For the CHANTIER project, Jean-François Prost will initiate an intervention offering a support on which other individuals can act and contribute to define its character and specificity in transformation. This participation and (co)definition process suggests an eventual negotiation about the land, which is vital for democracy. As the urbanist Jane Jacobs said : “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

The proposed actions will explore the theme of the vanished, existing and prospective urban diversity, as well as the vagueness of the place, and the unfinished aspect of the construction site as a vector for co-defining the city.

It is in this spirit that the CHANTIER project is being developed. More news will follow soon about the planned actions.

Discover the program HERE


We thank FEED for the design of the Adaptive Actions (AA) font and Nathalie LeBlanc for her contribution as an audio consultant.


All Skol’s activities are free and open to all

 Unfortunately, this event is not 100% wheelchair accessible.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for any inquiries or preoccupations regarding the accessibility of the site and activities.