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Stefan Shankland

Visual artist, initiator of the HQAC protocol, lecturer at ENSA (National School of Architecture) in Nantes.

Stefan Shankland's trans-disciplinary projects expore the artistic, cultural and social potential of situations of transformation and change: architectural and urban transformations, domestic and industrial waste management, environmental and ecological mutation.
In 2007 Shankland initiated the HQAC protocol (démarche haute qualité artistique et culturelle - HQAC) enabling him to set up experimental art, architecture and participatory projects in the context of conventional building sites and urban transformation programs.
In 2011 Shankand is awarded the COAL contemporary art & environment prize for Marbre d’ici, (an artwork based on the recycling of demolition waste) and for TRANS305 - a ten year long experimental artistic and cultural project he developed in the context of an urban regeneration program in Ivry-sur-Seine, in the Parisian Metropole.
In 2013 Shankland is the artistic director of PARCeque, a two year long art residency set up in the suburbs of the city of Marseille, as part of Marseille Provence 2013 European Capital for Culture.
In 2015 Shankland completes Tuvalu, an artwork and a manifesto for a world in transformation, produced as part of an HQAC program setup to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Stefan Shankland currently works on the Musée du Monde en Mutation (MMM), an experimental program relating to the transformation of the largest domestic waste incineration plant in Europe situated in the suburbs of Paris.


Current projects
Main projets initiated or directed by Stefan Shankland

TRANS305 (2007-2017)

TRANS305 is the prototype for the HQAC protocol set up in the context of a large urban regeneration program. Shankland is the artistic director of TRANS305 since 2007. A project supported by the city of Ivry-sur-Seine and the developer Grand Paris Aménagement.

HQAC Aubervilliers (2012-2015)
le monde change l'art
Tuvalu (pdf)

An aesthetic approach to urban transformation (urban metabolism) taking place in the city of Aubervilliers in the north of Paris. An experimental art program conducted by Stefan Shankland.

Marbre d'ici (2008- )
Marbre d’ici is an ongoing art work and protocol for the recycling of demolition waste material. Rubble are transformed into a new raw material to be used locally in future architectural and design projects.

Musée du Monde en Mutation (2012- )
The book “Museum for a Changing World”(Musée du Monde en Mutation – Pour une approche esthétique du métabolisme urbain) is an account of a 3 year art residency Shankland conducted in association with Europe’s largest domestic waste management plant. It is also the fist act of a long term artistic and cultural research project (HQAC protocol) developed in relation with the transformation of the plant located at the border of Paris’s 13th arrondissement.

Selected recent projects

PARCEQUE - Quartiers Créatifs / MP2013 (2011-2013)
édition PARCEQUE (pdf)

101 proposals for a changing neighborhood! A handbook and two years of reseach, creation and participatory events in la Cayolle. Taking place in the context of Marseille Provence 2013 – European Cultural Capital programme.
Conceived and directed by Stefan Shankland, with the support of FEDER (Europe), Marseille Rénovation Urbaine (MRU), the ANRU, Marseille Provence Métropole (MPM) and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

L'OBSERVATOIRE des choses en cours (2010-2013)
L’OBSERVATOIRE des choses en cours (The observatory of ongoing things) is an account, under the form of a book, an exhibition and a set of guided tours, of a tow year long art residency located in Nice’s former slaughterhouse.
Commissioned by the Nice City Hall and Chantier Sang Neuf.

L’ATELIER de recherches urbaines (LARU) / ENSA Dijon (2010-2013)

Shankland is the co-initiator of the LARU- L’Atelier de Recherches Urbaines (Urban Research Lab), at ENSA Dijon (National Fine Arts School). What role could contemporary art play in Dijon’s large scale urban regeneration programs? A two year research program conducted in relation with the transformation of a former military plant in Dijon (ETAMAT).

MAC/SAN prototype pour un musée du XXIe siècle (2008-2012)

MAC/SAN is the first contemporary art museum to open in Cuba (in San Agustín). A new participatory cultural institution for the 21st century, presented as part of la Havana contemporary art biennial in 2012. With the support of LASA, the French Institute in la Havana, the Goethe Institut, and the la Havana Contemporary Art Center.