Land, water, Culture

Land, water, Culture


Peter Richards


Arts et études des arts


propose to study the intersection between the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the land that defines its shores in the Marseilles area. I want to explore the differences and similarities between this Mediterranean region and the Bay Area of California. Both share comparable climates, industries which were once or still are, maritime based, a strong science and research community and cultures which are defined by migrations of people throughout their respective histories. My study would include studying the intersections of cultural, ecological and environmental processes. Ultimately, I would want to find ways of physically expressing some of the commonalities between life in Mediterranean regions and the Bay Area in a manner that could lead to some shared understandings of the global aspects of the rapidly evolving nature of the physical world from a laymen’s point of view.


I am interested in creating places where people have a sense of being connected- of being a part of something larger. I like creating situations that encourage people to ask their own questions and to make up their own stories. I believe that feeling connected is feeling human. A feeling of ownership is the first step towards citizenship. It is also the antidote for isolation. I like working with the dynamic elements of a site, the sun, the wind, the water; the systems which are connected to the larger whole. My work comes from an ongoing personal experimental process - research is an important component of my work and I like to collaborate. Because each of my sites has required a unique "language" to bring them to life, my work does not have a signature visual style. My conceptual approach to each project is consistent throughout the solutions have great variation in form, content and physical appearance. Much of my work has been influenced by my long working relationship with the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco.


Arts et études des arts
15/03/2010 - 15/06/2010
15/03/2011 - 15/06/2011
15/03/2012 - 15/06/2012


31/03/2011 - 18:30 - 21:00


Peter Richards