Projet B.O.A.T® vue du ’Grand largue’, 2015. Crédit photo : Nicolas Floc’h.
Marcel Dinahet, Nicolas Floc’h Gabriel Haberland, Morvandiau, Ann Stouvenel et Leila Willis
B.O.A.T® (Boat Of Artistic Research Trip) is an art and education research vessel designed as a mobile studio, a work platform and an annex of the European School of Art in Brittany (EESAB). Its goal is contact with other territories, cultures and disciplines. B.O.A.T® is a hybrid-powered 16-metre trawler based in Saint Malo. In 2015–2016 its journeys will take it to Saint Nazaire, Lorient, Brest, Le Havre, Ostend and Canterbury.
La Criée is joining the project with invitations to Marcel Dinahet and Nicolas Floc’h, both veterans of the waves, to organise floating residence and projects. Throughout the season the pair will use B.O.A.T® and its voyages and stopovers for fresh encounters and research. For the latter they will work hand in hand with students and young graduates from EESAB, as well as with scientists and other researchers and artists.
Those aboard will respond to the spirit of discovery and the shifts of practice triggered by those same voyages and stopovers. The data resulting from this direct relationship with the elements and different places will enable them to experiment with science-art crossovers and at the same time test out B.O.A.T®’s functioning as a research laboratory as well as its environmental impact.
Floating residence and projects is the work of La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art and the European School of Art in Brittany, with input from the Finis Terrae association.
The B.O.A.T® project is an initiative by artists Nicolas Floc’h, Erwan Mével and Jocelyn Cottencin, all teachers at EESAB.
B.O.A.T® is part of the Interregional Culture-led Regeneration (ICR) project, itself part of the European crossborder cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Manche) – England, co-funded by FEDER.
The boat has been made available to EESAB by Pierre-Yves Glorennec, head of Avel-vor Technologies.