What are the benefits of a residency in Montmartre, at the Cité internationale des arts?
"As you can see from my artistic projects, my plastic work is mostly experimental and does not correspond to current market values. The installations I develop involve raw material in motion. This therefore poses conservation problems, which makes it difficult for the different collections to access my work. The projects I have been working on since the beginning of my residency at the Cité internationale des arts are among them.
Despite these apparent difficulties, I was fortunate to be accompanied by the Cité internationale des arts, which put me in touch with collaborators who believe in the relevance of my research and who allow me to continue working on the projects I design. Thanks to the trust placed in me by the Cité internationale des arts, I can develop my work and research by being free of some of the material and financial contingencies related to my professional practice and enjoy a space for experimentation, but also for life.
Without this unique structure that is the Cité, it would have been impossible for me to realize the Geysa project that was presented for NUIT BLANCHE-2018-Paris at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and I could not continue to focus on my next major project that will be presented in October 2019 for the Biennale Némo at the CENTQUATRE - Paris (artistic establishment in the city of Paris).
In addition to my artistic activity, I have been working for several months on a thesis project within the SACRe program (Science, Art, Creation, Research) of which I was a laureate and whose research is funded by PSL (Université Paris, Science et Lettres) for the next three years.
This thesis is co-directed by the research laboratory of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD Lab) and the Centre des mathématiques appliquées (CMA) of the prestigious Ecole des Mines Paris - Tech. Through its repeated recommendations, the Cité internationale des arts certainly played a key role in the selection committee that awarded me this research grant. Committed, willing, creative: the Cité's wonderful team that accompanies artists in this residency program makes it an asset for every creator who passes through the walls of this institution, which is indispensable in the Parisian landscape."
What feedback on your Nuit Blanche projects?
"The Geysa project that was realized for Nuit Blanche allowed a diffusion of my work like I had never known before. In one night alone, more than 20,000 visitors were able to see this device in action. This successful work shows the professionals accompanying me my ability to implement large-scale and monumental projects, to manage teams and a substantial budget.
Thanks to the Cité internationale des arts, the confidence of professionals and investors is renewed. This marks a new stage in my artistic journey and promises new adventures rich in encounters, exchanges and dissemination of my future work."
Born in Besançon in 1985, Fabien Léaustic is a graduate of both an engineering school and the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris.
Supported by the DRAC Bourgogne Franche-Comté, he exhibits his work in France or abroad, in institutions (Palais de Tokyo, CENTQUATRE Paris, Centre des arts Enghien les Bains, Casa de Velazquez Madrid, FRAC Franche-Comté...) or independent structures (Vasarely Aix-en-Provence Foundation, Espace Pierre-Cardin Paris...). After two years of residency at the Cité internationale des arts, Fabien Léaustic continues his research within the SACRe doctoral program (Sciences, Art, Creation, Research) funded by PSL (Paris Sciences Lettres).