23 January 2023 to 29 January 2023
Résidence secondaire

During one week, a unique team of 3 people will inhabit an appartment immersed in a local territory. This team is composed of  an artist, a person who lives or works in the territory in question and a person who works for the local authorities (community representative, elected or staff). They live together for a week, sharing both communal working time as well as more informal parts of daily life.

Secondary residence, the name of the project, refers to those holiday locations where you go to recharge your batteries, to get away from everyday life, or take time to contemplate. Here, the concept extends into regions that are not traditionally perceived in the collective imagination, such as those in which we come to spend a few days of rest. This word appropriation makes us take a step to one side and to take a fresh look at the issues raised.

The concept involves bringing together a unique team in an apartment immersed in a region, for a week. This team is composed of :
→ an artist,
→ a person who lives or works in the region in question,
→ a person who works for the local authorities (community representative, elected or staff).

They live together for a week, sharing both communal working time as well as more informal parts of daily life (meals, leisure, breakfasts).

Based on a working theme that they will have been allocated*(see below), they must produce a collective reflection that will nourish a future artistic endeavour. This reflection is enriched by their exploration of the neighbourhood and their encounters with the people who live and work there. They will document the process of creation and record exchanges, meetings and thought paths taken in this crafting of the ‘common’.

After a week of collective work, the artist will produce a work resulting from the joint reflections of the trio during their residence in the subsequent three months. This work will then be exhibited or performed in the public space.

Focus group - development of the working theme


Focus groups, made up of people who live in the area, public decision-makers, researchers, students, etc., will meet in each of the project cities prior to the residency. Each focus group will develop locally the ethical guidelines for the project and will define the working theme to be submitted to the three participants of Secondary residence in that area.


For its development at the European level, Secondary residence will bring together partners from 5 cities who will organise 5 residences using the following outline :

→ 7 days of residence (6 nights) of immersive living in a region,

→ 3 participants (an artist, a person who lives or works in the region in question, a person who works for the local authorities (community representative, electedor staff),

→ 1 working theme (chosen locally, connected to the general theme of the project: public space),

→ many encounters (with the inhabitants, civil society, professionals, regional public decision-makers…).

Each residency will result in the production of :

→ 1 statement of intention co-signed by the three residents (synthesising the thinking process that leads to an artistic creation),

→ 1 logbook (daily photographs, videos and texts produced by the 3 residents and published on the project website),

→ 1 artistic creation exhibited or performed in the public space.



L’âge de la tortue designs and manages artistic projects in the fields of visual and performing arts in the context of European cooperation projects.


The Renovar a Mouraria organisation, was created in 2008 by a group of local residents to revitalise the historic district of Mouraria by promoting activities that contribute to the urban and social, cultural and touristic revitalisation of the area.

The Mittendrin organisation is a catalyst in the search for an intercultural and transgenerational urban identity. People are invited to participate in the creative process with artists.

TRÀNSIT is a socio-cultural enterprise which aspires to facilitate access to cultural heritage and sees culture as a process of research and development.

CIFAS – International Training Centre in Performing Arts (BE)
CIFAS is a place of concrete experimentation of the meaning of artistic practice, a resource and training centre for live art in the urban space.


University of Rennes 2 – EUR CAPS (FR)
The University of Rennes 2 is the most important research and higher education centre for arts, letters, languages, human and social sciences and sport in the West of France. The University Research School for Research Creative Approaches to Public Space (CAPS) is a physical and intellectual place of experimentation in research, teaching and action in and for public spaces.


Ariadna is a cultural organisation that contributes to regional cohesion, in particular with an neighbourhood’s youth by through various creative and social research activities.


The City of Rennes is the capital of the department of Ille-et-Vilaine and of Brittany (France). The City of Rennes has, for several years, been developing a strong policy of supporting cultural projects as well as protecting and promoting tangible and intangible heritage. Thus, it is recognised nationally for its commitment to supporting cultural stakeholder’s projects.


CREA — Centre for audiovisual studies and resources
CREA is a general service for the University of Rennes 2 where multimedia documents are produced for training purposes or for the promotion of research, as in-house productions or in co-production.es documents multimédia destinés à la formation ou à la valorisation de la recherche, en production propre ou en co-production.


Within the framework of the European cooperation project Secondary Residence, coordinated by L'âge de la tortue and co-financed by the European Commission (Erasmus+ programme).


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