Participants' art productions at the workshop 'Poétique du toucher' [Poetic of touch], 2020, Bourses BLCG, Geneva, CH

Influenced by critical pedagogies and inclusive education, along with the current rise of ecofeminism, the art research project proposes to rethink the boundaries of art education. Through various workshops at the Contemporary Art Center (Geneva), in universities (Lausanne and Bordeaux), and in classes at public secondary school, Suzanne Boulet explores sensory learning contacting the art object. She invites participants to touch her art pieces and proposes to establish a ‘sensitive dialogue’, as an exploratory educational approach: a two-way exchange between two art practices, where each person’s art production responding to that of another. In this way, knowledge can be built within an interdependent relationship. This ‘dialogue’—partly non-verbal, passing through the manipulation of small, material art forms—progressively builds the sensitivity-maturity.

This long-term project is supported by the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne (FR), the HEP-Vaud_University of Teacher Education (CH), and Swiss universities.

Children at the workshop 'Permis de toucher'[Please do touch], 2020, Bourses BLCG, Geneva, CH / photograph : Contemporary Art Center Geneva