JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROST: CHANTIER

Multidisciplinary

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

 

August 2022 – July 2024

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.

 

Upcoming activities:

 

Panel intervention ⇒
Les désœuvré.e.s
May 12nd – July 27th, 2024

Workshop with presentation ⇒
Guerrilla Mycology : Found objects for mycelium composites
Etienne Issa
June 8th and 15th, 2024

Outside Screening evening et discussion
femmes – chantiers
Co-programmed by Rebecca Ladida and Jean-François Prost

Artists : Ève Constantin, Janie Julien-Fort, Johnny Forever, Karen Trask, Lucie Rocher, Lamathilde, Laurence Beaudoin Morin.
Additional information will follow…

July 6th, 2024 at 7:00 PM; Aperitif: bar and music
Screening: at dusk (around 8:45-9:00 PM)

(*postponed to Saturday, July 13 in case of rain)

Two enthusiasts of spaces, Ladida and Prost, with extensive experience in spatial and social practices, seek to explore the possible variations of this dual theme. femme (women): written in italics and lowercase to avoid any essentialism, thus paving the way for a more inclusive and queer understanding of the term in our diverse linguistic cultures. chantiers (worksites): through attentive listening to the sensitivities and practices specific to the worksite such as surveillance, bodily interventions, oblique gestures, attitudes, glances, styles, the gendered construction of self, as well as the diversion of materials and construction methods.

Further information will follow…

Round table
Le vide

Artists: Laurence Beaudoin, Nans Bortuzzo, Josianne Poirier, et Jean-François Prost

July 27th, 2024

Further information will follow…

 

Programmed events:

Festive evening with musicians

September 30, 2023, at 4 p.m.

Performance by Marcela Szwarc on the field and in the neighborhood

Meeting with the artist Martin Dufrasne

Intervention on the billboard (until November 12)

Presentation of the winter-spring 2024 programming

Marie Sommer – Cryptozoïque ⇒ 

April 5 – May 20, 2023

Finishing – May 20

Octavio Rüest  – Des monts, des villes ⇒

May 25 – July 19, 2023

Presentation of Octavio Rüest’s intervention

Music event by MOAB & guests 

June 10, 2023 * (postponed on June 11th in case of rain)

Martin Dufrasne – Where the birds Are (new developments) ⇒

July 29 – November 12, 2023

Launch with a communal dish (Ajvar) created by Sonia Zlatanova on July 29 at 5:30 pm * (postponed in case of rain)

 

The activities that took place during the year 2022:

Martin Rodríguez – Sound creation ⇒

¡A MANO! 

Martin Dufrasne 

 

 


 

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.

 

 

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

Descriptions /image credits:
01 – CHANTIER, photo credit: Jean-François Prost/02 – Quote from Jane Jacobs, photo credit: Jean-François Prost/03 – Music event and intervention, photo credit: Paul Litherland/04 – Music event and intervention, photo credit: Paul Litherland/05 – CHANTIER, photo credit: Jean-François Prost /06 – music event (singer on the picture : LiLi) and intervention,  photo credit: Paul Litherland /07 – Display device CHANTIER,  photo credit: Jean-François Prost