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two days of inspiration at the Ecole Camondo

4/5 September 2017

Ecole Camondo, 266 Bld Raspail 75014, Paris, France

On the 4th and 5th of September, for the first edition of Le Chaudron, Camondo school will be hosting two days of inspiration, dedicated to thinking, building and sharing this year’s theme: Property.

Five sub-themes will be explored: properties of matter, ownership of the means of production, intellectual property, from ownership to use, appropriation and creation. Two fertile and joyous days during which teachers, researchers, students, designers, architects, philosophers, artists… will talk and meet surrounding concepts, knowledge and perspectives on our living spaces, from the object to the city.


Five themes surrounding Property

Properties of matter

It seems obvious that no design or architecture project could be done without matter. If you start considering matter from the angle of its properties, and take into account the recent scientific discoveries regarding what our universe is made of, you open a vertiginous realm of imagination, one that far exceeds what we take for granted.

Intellectual property

Throughout history, our hyper-industrial societies have developed an arsenal of legal tools to protect property, be it the rent of the land-owner, industrial investment in research and development of new products, or the exploitation of works of the mind. This context of increased protection of property can also become a fertile soil for criticism and invention, for projects where new relations to usage and exploitation may flourish and where the traditional imbalance between “small” and “big” land-owners may evolve.

From ownership to use

The question of common good has structured our political and economic regimes, along with the ownership of places and objects. Communist regimes were founded on the transfer of private property towards a central, State owned system. In contemporary ultra-liberal regimes, private property is also increasingly concentrated, but outside the State, taking the shape of a financial globalization. In the face of this concentration of the ownership of goods and services, in the face of the privatization of common goods by industrial groups, citizens tend to use objects and spaces in a temporary fashion, unburdened by ownership. However, this situation isn’t always synonymous with common good, freedom and re-appropriation. In some instances, property is concentrated and the governing powers are centralized. In others, ownership and usage rights are redistributed and the reunites with his freedom of choice. Proudhon had already imagined the evolution of property towards a new concept he called possession, the underlying prerequisite being a reinvention of the ways we put things in common. This concept is not far from certain contemporary practices in architecture and design, which attempt to create new forms of shared property.


Appropriation and creation


It seems difficult to imagine a form of artistic creation that wouldn’t feed off the past in order to envision the present and the future. Pastiche has long been a tradition in fine arts; many a master has dabbled in it. Closer to our time, the practice of sampling or the use of everyday sound bites in music, may find echoes in other fields of creation. The way a project uses preexisting elements, either by quoting them or transforming them, beckons a vast array of questions, technical, legal, economic, symbolic…

Ownership of the means of production

In a contemporary context of economic tensions, often is the question raised of developing new project strategies. The creator also wants to be the builder, without having to rely on access to means of production he doesn’t have full control over. New avenues of creation can materialize through the appropriation or invention of ways to draw, build, produce and sell. These new ventures can rely on access to recent technologies or innovative ways to re-appropriate and reinvent the knowledge of the past.



Chaudron #1, La Propriété
4/5 September 2017, two days of inspiration at the Ecole Camondo




Lundi 4 septembre 2017


9h30  Introduction par René-Jacques Mayer  (Directeur de l’école Camondo) et Vincent Tordjman (Enseignant)


10h15 « Propriété et droit naturel » conférence inaugurale par Céline Spector, Philosophe


11h15  Meet de speakers, rencontre autour d’un café à la Passerelle


11H30 Privatisation de la couleur, conférence par Frédéric Rossi-Liegibel avec Catherine Breitner (Ratp)


11h30 Petite histoire de la copropriété, conférence par Alexis Markovics, historien de l’art


11h30 Propriétés et mystères de l’univers, conférence par Nicolas Darrot, artiste et Olivier Dadoun, physicien


12h30-14h Pause déjeuner


14h  Many Ghost & More Shells, conférence par Alexandra Midal


14h Volere-Avere, conférence par Martine Bedin


14h Déjouer les propriétés, conférence par Sylvain Dubuisson et Vincent Tordjman


15h30 Temps et Propriété des projets, table ronde avec Béatrice Grondin (historienne), Marie-Christine Dorner (Designer) et Evangelos Vasileou, designer


15h30 S’approprier la construction, table ronde avec Caroline Ziegler et Pierre Brichet (Designers), Marie Zawitowski et Keith Zawitowski (On Site Architectes)


15h30 L’Avenir de la Propriété, Dialogue avec Bernard Roth (Fondation Palladio), Isabelle Moulin (Europan)


Mardi 5 septembre 2017


10h15 Les Communs, conférence par les Dant


10h15 Propriété et Street art, conférence par Michèle Mergui, (Avocate)



10h15 Nouveaux lieux de travail, conférence par Julien Eymeri (Quartier libre) et Clément Berardi (Quartier libre)


11h30 Bricolage et réappropriation : l’expérience cubaine, conférence par Grégory Marion (Docteur en esthétique)


11H30 Architecture de pouvoir : propriétés, réseaux et machines, conférence par Nicolas Moulin (Artiste)


11H30 conférence par Alain Bublex


12h30-14h Pause déjeuner


14h Propriété et mutations de l’industrie immobilière, dialogue avec Sandra Roumi (Revue Businessimmo), et Gaël Thomas


14h Villes productives? conférence par Isabelle Moulin (secrétaire fédérale concours Europan et Paolo Georgieff (Coloco)


14h conférence par Agnès Thurnauer (Artiste)


15h30 Musique éléctronique, sampling, mix et remix : de l’appropriation des sons à l’appropriation des espaces conférence/performance par Jean-Yves Leloup (journaliste, musicien)


15h30 Propriétés temporaires, table ronde par Patrick Rubin (Architecte), Anne-Marie Fèvre (Journaliste) et Arthur Poiret (Architecte, atelier George)



15h30 Six Présentation de mémoires de fin d’étude par 6 alumni : Margaux Botton – Collectionner; Sacha Gascuel – Désuétude; Amélie Demay -Objet unique; Laure Gravier – Habiter l’art? – Billy Poitevin – Fais comme chez toi; Philippine Gallet de Saint Aurin – l’enseignement de l’informel.


17h30 Circuit Bending,  conférence/performance par Val Kiri.


On the occasion of Le Chaudron #1 Property, the bookshop Tschann is providing a reading suggestions table of books connected to the theme.

Librairie Tschann, Librairie qui existe sans la phynance

125 boulevard du Montparnasse 75006 Paris Tél. 01 43 35 42 05  – courriel :


On Monday 4 September and Tuesday 5 September, Jonathan from Braisé restaurant will be setting up his cauldron at the Ecole Camondo, providing hot meals from 12.30 to 2pm for the benefit of the entire community.

See the Le Chaudron program

See the Bibliography related to the theme 




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