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B.O.A.T.

  • Marcel Dinahet, Nicolas Floc'h
  • -
    Saint-Malo → L'Aber Wrac'h
    → Île d'Ouessant

    Juin 2016
    -
  • The École européenne supérieure d'art de Bretagne and La Criée, centre d'art contemporain - Rennes as part of its season "Fendre les Flots/Cleave the Waves"
  • published on 21 jul. 2016
View of the Grand Largue, Bay of Lampaul, Île d'Ouessant, 2016. View of the Grand Largue, Bay of Lampaul, Île d'Ouessant, 2016. © Nicolas Floc'h
As a kind of annex of the École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne (EESAB), B.O.A.T. ® (Boat Of Artistic Research Trip) is involved with artistic and educational research on board an old trawler called “Le grand largue”. Conceived as a moveable workshop and studio, this vessel takes part in the revelation of many aspects of Brittany, which is endowed with outstanding marine and coastal resources. B.O.A.T. ® makes it possible for students and guest artists to imagine their praxis in a transversal motion : art and sciences, art and maritime economy, design and renewable forms of energy.

Since its creation, the 16 metre/52 foot ship based in Saint-Malo has been sailing to Saint-Nazaire, Lorient, Brest, etc.

As part of the Fendre les Flots/Cleave the Waves season, La Criée has become associated with the project by inviting Marcel Dinahet and Nicolas Floc’h to become involved, who are in turn accompanied by the young artists Gabriel Haberland and Leila Willis, Claire Lagneau-Guetta and Paul Bienvault, students at the EESAB, plus the draughtsman Morvandiau and the curator Ann Stouvenel.
This research and creation residency offered a chance for Marcel Dinahet and Nicolas Floc’h – for whom the sea is a central and recurrent subject –to work together for the first time, and share their artistic and maritime experiences not only with each other, but also with young artists and art students.

They were all confronted by the spirit of discovery and relocation of practices which are carried out on a boat on the move, but also during periods spend in harbours. This shipbound residency, but its very nature, focuses at once on questions to do with the notion of displacement, geography and time, but also of transmission and sharing
The residency started in Saint-Malo and then moved to its port of call: the Ile d’Ouessant, from which the artists fanned out.

The Residencies and floating projects have been initiated by La Criée centre d’art contemporain et l’École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne, with the participation of the Association Finis terrae.

The B.O.A.T ® project is the brainchild of three artists teaching at the EESAB, Nicolas Floc’h, Erwan Mével and Jocelyn Cottencin.
B.O.A.T ® is part of the ICR project which has been selected as part of the Programme européen de coopération transfrontalière INTERREG IV A France (Manche) - England, co-funded by the FEDER.

The boat has been put at the disposal of the EESAB by Pierre-Yves Glorennec, head of Avel-vor technologies.




Marcel Dinahet, Logbook, June, 2016

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    Leave Saint-Malo on 16 June at 4 o’clock in the morning
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    Head for L’Aber Wrac’h - one day at sea
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    Leila Willis lands her fish
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    At sea
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    Arrive at l’Aber Wrac'h
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    On the17th we are all out—underwater photos for Nicolas Floc'h, Paul Bienvault, and Gabriel Haberland + lobster pot test (essai de casier??). Visible across the estuary, the Ile Vierge lighthouse.
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    I take some training photos—and on the way back I shoot around the buoy. (shooting around will be reproduced at Ouessant – it makes it possible to make the landscape file past at 360° around the fixed rotation point. First attempt to shoot around, around the buoy.
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    Saturday 18, after a slightly choppy crossing in the La Fromveur passage, we are at the buoy of Pen ar Bed in the middle of the Bay of Lampaul at Ouessant.
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    First attempts – filming opposite the wall. (cliffs)
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    on the 19th Nicolas Floc'h helps Gabriel Haberland to set his lobster pots.
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    on the 20th in the morning I help Gabriel Haberland to set his lobster pots
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    The day is blustery, the swell comes straight into the bay
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    The weather is really overcast
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    I do my first test—looking at myself head on
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    on the 21st, in the evening, 1st fire tower test (fire towers were the first lighthouses)
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    It’s not conclusive, it’s made of paper and it collapses. The idea is to be able to film it in relation with the Créac'h lighthouse.
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    On the 23rd, in the evening, la pétole. Le grand Largue is becalmed when night falls.
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    Second attempt – The paper fire tower and the Créac'h lighthouse
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    The pebble of Lampaul
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    Monday 27th, evening – Public screening of the works carried out by the residents - (association Finis terrae) moved to the residence of the signal of the Créac'h – Members of the association Finis terrae are present, and the resident artist Pauline Delwaulle. The boat’s whole crew has also come and takes part in the evening . Luc Morvandiau our draughtsman in residence and Ann Stouvenel our resident artist and member of Finis terrae are also present.
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    Leila Willis produces her Gyotaku based on the catches made
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    Leila Willis produces her Gyotaku based on the catches made
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    Leila Willis produces her Gyotaku based on the catches made
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    Leila Willis produces her Gyotaku based on the catches made
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    Journal de Bord
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    Leila Willis produces her Gyotaku based on the catches made
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    On the 28th, a strong southwest wind is announced, we take refuge in the harbour of Le Stiff - Nicolas Floc'h is at the helm, we sail round the island, passing la Fromveur. We attach ourselves to the Pen ar Bed buoy at the entrance to Le Stiff - Gabriel Haberland and Paul Bienvault are handling the boat.
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    I shoot around the Abeille Flandres buoy.
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    Once again, a series of photos: opposite the walls
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    Once again, looking at oneself head-on. This time in seaweed.
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    On 2nd July set sail for Tréboul, Nicolas Floc'h and Gabriel Haberland are atop. Leila Willis and Claire Lagneau-Guetta a bit lower down.
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    Paul Bienvault and Gabriel Haberland hoist the sails
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    We are going to sample the lobster caught in Gabriel Haberland’s lobster pot.
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    On 3rd July in the morning we leave Le grand Largue. Heading for Rennes.




Nicolas Floc'h, Logbook, June 2016
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    Underwater fishing
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    the Grand Largue deck & Bay of Lampaul
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    Log of B.O.A.T. ® and Leila Willis’s fish
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    Gabriel Haberland preparing his underwater sculptures on the deck
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    Portrait of Marcel Dinahet
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    Marcel Dinahet preparing one his ‘fire towers’, in the background works by Leila Willis
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    Gabriel Haberland pulling in his fish fillets
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    All the residents on the jetty at Lampaul Left to right: Nicolas Floc'h, Leila Willis, Claire Lagneau-Guetta, Paul Bienvault, Marcel Dinahet, Morvandiau, Gabriel Haberland
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    Nicolas Floc'h & Paul Bienvault diving with bottles
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    diving with bottles
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    All the residents on the mast
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    All the residents on the mast
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    Photo session without diving apparatus. Nicolas Floc’h
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    Photo session without diving apparatus. Nicolas Floc’h
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    Photo session without diving apparatus. Nicolas Floc’h



Works in progress :



Marcel Dinahet
, La Saint-Jean-Ouessant (extract)




Marcel Dinahet
, En face - Ouessant




Marcel Dinahet
, Face Ouessant




Marcel Dinahet
, La tour à feu & Créac'h (extract)






Nicolas Floc'h, Forêts, plaines, grottes et montagnes

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I’ve been observing underwater landscapes for a long time. The artificial reef project has enabled me to embark on an underwater photographic project. My research is leading me to ecosystemic studies of spaces in fact combining constructed spaces and natural territories. Artificial reefs are forms of architecture, elements built to be colonized and become habitats. Seascapes and the mass of water also represent flexible and moving habitats which can be reconfigured. Underwater photography often focuses on showing live animals, but few of the natural habitats and little of the vegetation making up underwater landscapes.


B.O.A.T ® an art research ship of the École européenne supérieure d'art de Bretagne

LIVING TOGETHER
NICOLAS FLOC’H, for B.O.A.T. - February 2016.

An enclosed, moveable space. A group of people living and working together over a long period of time. An unstable, moving environment, changing and uncontrollable, just like the world.

Living on a boat is always a powerful experience where each person’s responsibility involves the community. Being there, rather than elsewhere, means living for the moment, all moments, day and night. A boat never sleeps, it moves, it changes, it goes hand-in-hand with the motion of the world.
Living in a world which redefines its boundaries, a nature which reminds us of its presence, its power and our inability to master it. Adapting modestly and consciously, thinking of oneself as part of an ecosystem, living there together in order to experience it and take the measure of things.

Cooking, again, but every day somewhere else. Using resources when it is possible, based on a place, an encounter, an exchange. Sharing the space and the pleasure of a table, but getting close to environments, and the origin of things. The everyday bond we have with nature by the fact of feeding ourselves is one of the vectors that helps us explore the spaces, the methods of production, and their challenges.

Being there, in contact, to imagine, think, and represent. Trying to approach realities so as not to be outside time, outside our time, outside this world which is already eluding us.

B.O.A.T is this laboratory for a community made up of men and women who want to better understand the changes of the world. Here, students, teachers, artists, scientists, architects, anthropologists, cooks, ecologists, geographers, and sailors form this community which shares and questions its environment.

How, tomorrow, shall we live in spaces that are being redrawn? What architectures, what solutions and what patterns of behaviour ? With what forms of energy will we fuel our daily round? How are the oceans at the heart of these challenges and transformations ? How do coastal zones, lived in by more than 50% of human populations, concentrate pollution and spread it in the oceans?
Together we have an impact on our environment, locally and globally, and it is together that we must understand it.

What meal shall we share and what environment shall we cultivate? What will tomorrow’s water be like, and what life will it make possible? It is not just a matter of what we might call ecological considerations, but of the reality of the world and the awareness of the one we have built. It is urgent to live together, work together, and look at the world together to be able to represent and imagine the various possibilities. How together we are inventing tomorrow and must put our knowledge together to succeed!


journal de boat 2 journal de boat 3

> Journal de B.O.A.T n°1

> Journal de B.O.A.T n°2
 
> Journal de B.O.A.T n°3



> Consult Morvandiau’s logbook, Caillou n°4, La Criée, Rennes
> Discover the photos of the B.O.A.T. ® project



> Marcel Dinahet on Documents d'artistes Bretagne website
> Nicolas Floc’h on Documents d'artistes Bretagne website