F93 is an association for scientific and technical culture based in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis).
It sees scientific and technical culture not as a belonging to the domain of communication nor as a sector close to teaching or education but rather as the complex whole formed by the traces of a practice – the practice of science and techniques - in which the role of the “public” is both insistent and imperceptible, unknown and yet recognised. From this point of view, it could be said that, above all, the association examines the circumstances of the situation – in which cases, where, when and how do science and techniques run into the issue of the “public”?
On a day-to-day basis, F93 constantly strives to introduce a close relationship between science, techniques and culture – sometimes to the extent that the notions blend into one another. It is not, however, a question of moving from science to techniques, from science to culture or from culture to technique, or even of creating a false unity between science, technique and culture – no-one wants that. F93 prefers to have an effect by changing perceptions: “science, technique and culture” are all three considered, defined and worked on together, on the one hand to avoid too simple a description of the activity of science and techniques, or to apply “exterior” interventions to these two fields, and on the other hand, to create approaches that are not the simple projection of science and techniques onto a “culture” that is thought of as a sister, but a “poor, dumb” sister.
Every season, the association sets itself the task of formulating a premise that is not usually considered in the subjects it tackles, but one that is, nevertheless, perfectly suited to them. It involves addressing science or techniques but in a cultural way. This is done by making use of a large amount of knowledge and know-how; in this way, amidst the proposed initiatives, here and there we can pick out knowledge that is historical, geographical, social, technical, artistic, anthropological, etc. This approach could be called “general” or “universal” in that this knowledge and know-how are constantly revolving and exchanging within our activities, with none being set in stone, none promoted above the others. It is, then, about reinforcing a relationship with science and techniques that could be qualified as indirect. Partly because of the inevitably incomplete nature of any knowledge – an aspect that leads the association to develop its work that is not “on” a subject but “between” subjects, work that lies in the interstices, always behind or ahead of the knowledge that interests it. And partly to bring to mind that the scientific or technical content at work in projects, even if it is essential to them, is never an objective in itself; in the eyes of F93, a process should not say that it knows something about such and such a discipline or branch of knowledge but rather that it knows about something, that it knows something about something…
The association F93
DANIEL VÉRON, CHAIRMAN
HENRI BORENTIN, TREASURER
NATHALIE VAGUER, SECRETARY GENERAL
CHANTAL LÉVY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARIE-CLAIRE FILLOT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOËL PAUBEL, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CLAIRE RANNOU, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SERGE ROBINEAU, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARC BOISSONNADE, DIRECToR
CLAIRE HAZART, ADMINISTRATIVE and financial director
STÉPHANE COULAUD, project manager
MATHIEU MARION, project manager
ANNA MEZEY, project manager
70 rue Douy Delcupe - 93100 Montreuil - France
Tel: 00 33 (0)1 49 88 66 33 / Fax: 00 33 (0)1 49 88 66 55
This page displays images from the series Formats Perdus made by photographer Pierre Antoine, invited by F93 to collaborate with a carte blanche.