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La 213429e Partie du monde
Michel Aubry

Patrons - Eric Perrin, historien et membre de l’association Iguerande, Association les Amis du Parc naturel régional du Pilat et le Parc naturel régionale du Pilat.
Mediator - Valérie Cudel
Supporters - Les quatre Parcs naturels régionaux de Lorraine, des Monts d’Ardèche, du Pilat
et du Vercors coopèrent pour ce projet dans le cadre du programme européen LEADER
(Fonds Européen Agricole pour le Développement Rural).

Parc naturel régional du Pilat, 2014

The context

The Regional Nature Parks of Lorraine, the Monts d'Ardèche, Pilat and Vercors have decided to carry out a collective reflection on the industrial history of their territories, its changes and ruptures, its impact on the landscapes and the daily lives of today's populations. Eight commissions for works were sent to four artists. Michel Aubry has been invited to Pilat and Vercors.

Unlike the textile industry, metallurgy has left few architectural traces in the landscapes of Pilat. The image that persists in people's minds is that of the black and dirty aspect of work. However, there is a workers' culture of precision in the manufacture of the finished object and the Pilat Regional Natural Park has measured the transmission needs in this industry. How can we restore its place on the scale of landscapes whose resources have contributed to its development?

The commission

Michel Aubry was invited to highlight the place of metallurgy in Pilat. The control of metals has resulted in changes in the environment with the installation of many forges and subcontractors' workshops in the large industry of the Gier valley. The artist questions this imprint based on sound recordings made in companies. They give rise to an edition of vinyl records and the production of an instrument that integrates a pair of turntables and a mixing desk to create musical compositions from the burned samples. The accompanying film made by Michel Aubry during the development of projects in Pilat and Vercors will be presented at the beginning of 2015.

Michel Aubry & Matthieu Crimersmois

Born in 1959 in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët, Michel Aubry lives and works in Paris. His work is represented in many public collections. Recent exhibitions : Crédac in Ivry, Galerie Eva Meyer, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Power Station of Art in Shanghai and biennales in Lyon, Rennes and São Paulo.

Born in 1983 in Paris, Matthieu Crimersmois lives and works in Paris and Berlin. He is basically a HIP HOP scratcher who became a plastic artist and turntable maker.