Artist and teacher-researcher Marie Preston speaks with Nora Sternfeld and Julie Pellegrin about her practice as a crossroads for art, education and cooperative working.
Marking Marie Preston's residency at La Ferme du Buisson Centre for Contemporary Art, Digressions #8 maps the development of the exhibition Du pain sur la planche and the issues raised by the artist's works in progress. Together with Nora Sternfeld and Julie Pellegrin, Marie Preston addresses the connection between co-creation and coeducation, the exhibition as workspace and her relationship with the experimental and the collective.
Nora Sternfeld Vienna-born Nora Sternfeld is an art educator and curator and currently a professor at the School of Art and Design in Kassel. She is also co-director of the ECM Master Program in Exhibition Theory and Practice at the University of Applied Arts (Vienna) and a member of two research collectives, trafo.K (Vienna) and freethought (London). She publishes widely on contemporary art, exhibitions, politics of history, educational theory and anti-racism.
Marie Preston is an artist, an associate professor at Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis University and a member of the Contemporary Arts and Images Laboratory and Teamed. Her Pain Commun (Communal Bread) project in Paris's Saint-Denis district brings local residents and bakers' apprentices together in a bread-making venture seen as a shared approach to “letting knowledge grow”. She is pairing this with an investigation into a network of experimental schools that sprang up in France in the 1970s and 1980s on a basis of self-governance, cooperation and openness to innovation.