LA MÈRE DE CORBUSIER DISAIT À SON FILS:" MON FILS , SI TU VEUX FAIRE QUELQUE CHOSE , FAIS LE"
CORBUSIER'S MOTHER ALWAYS SAID TO HER SON:-" MY SON, IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING, DO IT"
Françoise Schein, founder of Inscrire
|Inscribing the vision
of utopia: her vision in her words.
For a long time now, I have been interested in cities and their unique designs: their foundations and the ideas that they generate. As an architect, urban planner and artist, I started working on drawings, maps and figurative representations. The, I moved onto sculptures and, little by little, I began to envision urban projects that I could integrate into the cities themselves. This perspective led me to create projects in the very depths and heart of urban networks, to that place where people circulate, the subway. I have come to see cities and villages as living beings who tell stories of the lives that have crossed through and in them, thereby leaving indelible marks on the successive strata of the city’s foundations. My projects pay hommage to that reality.
It was through working on the physical mapping of cities that I discovered how human rights principles are a geological bed on which societies are being created and transformed into always fragile physical democracies: that is, the conception, expression and recognition of human rights was an integral component in defining the physical form that cities, societies, and communities ultimately took. From that moment on, I was determined to incorporate written expressions of fundamental human rights, such as the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, into my projects; thus emerged the urban inscription project that became the backbone work of INSCRIRE today. By inscribing this and other fundamental expressions of the rights of man in artworks throughout the world, we leave behind indelible reminders to all who see them.
It was the feeling that we should never stop thinking and inscribing these texts that
drove me to begin working at the Concorde Metro Station in Paris in 1989,
covering its walls with ceramice tiles of letters, that write out the text
of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man. I continued to Brussels,
Lisbon and Haifa, to Berlin and Stockholm, into the shantytowns (favelas)
of Rio de Janeiro, I inscribed it into the ground of onto Bremen, then in 2003 we started to inscribe the European Fundamental Rights onto the walls of Europe with the active participation of the school youngsters. We created a pedagogical methodology toolkit to approach these subjects with the young people. Participation and pedagogy to create public artworks on philosophical subjects, became the new angular stone of INSCRIRE.
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