1995 - 2006

Urban Exploration Workshops


Between 1995 and 2008, Bruit du frigo conducted more than 60 pedagogical projects with young people aged 10 to 18. These projects involved groups of 10 to 30 people and often took place over long periods of time (6 months, a year…).

Until 2000, we occupied and animated the Atelier Marengo, in the city centre of Bordeaux, a place managed by the PARI Saint-Michel, an educational and cultural support structure founded by Michèle Elbaze, psychologist and psychoanalyst, for whom we were in charge of the cultural programming.

This popular education approach, begun during our years of study, was the foundation from which Bruit du frigo developed its artistic and participatory practice on the city.
Bruit du frigo continues to carry out occasionally pedagogical actions with young people.


The aim of the Urban Exploration Workshops is to introduce young people to the reading of the city, through the acquisition of tools for understanding, decoding and creation, but also through interaction with the urban and human environment, and opening up to artistic practices…

The workshops are founded on a project-based pedagogy in which the focus is less on the results obtained than on the processes leading to them. Each project is built at the beginning on the basis of the proposals we make, and then progressively on the basis of the ideas and initiatives of young people. This principle of active pedagogy encourages the participants to take responsibility and to become the author-actors of the projects.

The central theme of the workshops is the living environment : architecture, urbanism, landscape, art, social relations… It is declined through different entrances : public space, neighbourhood life, the city in progress, housing, urban wastelands…

The workshops are presented to the public, as exhibitions, installations, performances or screenings…

The productions depend on the nature and specificities of the projects : posters on city walls, books and small editions, models and volume works, cartographies, videos, installations and interactive devices, performances, small building sites…


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At the crossroads of art, territories and populations, our approach aims to promote the transition to sustainable, shared and welcoming cities, by proposing alternative ways of imagining and building our living environment and by exploring new forms of public space.