Inventer l’école, penser la co-création [Inventing the school, thinking co-creation]

Marie Preston

  • U+1F4D6-004

    Open Book



  • w.n.

    Black print, 29,7 × 21 cm

  • Caca pétard, journal de l'école Vitruve, №3


Inventer l’école, penser la co-création [Inventing the school, thinking co-creation] is a publication by Marie Preston on alternative pedagogies developed in France during the 1970s-1990s in "open" schools working on the relationship between co-creation and co-education. This book concerns the educational teams’ successful effort to radically transform the school system in order to contravene social reproduction. These experiences remain incredibly relevant today because they were a real breeding ground in educational, interpersonal and institutional research. The research is particularly pertinent in regard to cooperative artistic practices and co-creation which share similar practices such as social transformation, co-management, the emergence of commons and collective creation.

This book is constructed as a dialogue that juxtaposes the testimonies and interviews of the actors and actresses of the historical mouvement with elements of contextualization and analysis to explore the artistic practices of co-creation. The book contains an interview with Jean Foucambert, a discussion with Rolande and Raymond Millot (Vitruve school in Paris and La Villeneuve in Grenoble) and an unpublished text by André Virengue, director of the Jacques-Prévert school in Villeneuve d'Ascq for 20 years. Iconography is given a crucial part within the book as images are a full part of the research. It also allows the reader to discover the work of the students as well as the school newspapers or other printed material.

Editorial direction: Céline Poulin and Marie Preston
Texts: François Deck, Jean Foucambert, Raymond Millot, Rolande Millot, Céline Poulin, Marie Preston, André Virengue.
Graphic design: Charles Mazé & Coline Sunier
Published by CAC Brétigny and Tombolo Presses, in partnership with La Ferme du Buisson Center for Contemporary Art, Le Grand Café—Contemporary Art Center of National Interest, Saint-Nazaire, and with the support of the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis (TEAMeD-AIAC–EA 4010) and the École universitaire de recherche ArTeC. This book received financial assistance from ANR as part of the Programme d’investissements d’avenir (ANR-17-EURE-0008).
Distribution: Les presses du réel
Publication: July 2021
French edition
13,5 x 20,5 cm (broché)
272 pages (ill.)
ISBN 979-10-96155-19-4