Artist, Project/Exhibit developer, The Exploratorium, San Francisco Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception.
Period of residence: 
septembre - décembre 2012 / résidence en partenariat avec le Conseil départemental des Bouches du Rhône et avec Marseille-Provence Capitale européenne de la culture, pour le GR2013.
Research project: 
Trailpoints. GR 2013 as lens into the contemporary landscape ecologies of Marseille Provence.
Summary of the research project: 

During my residency, I will be researching the diverse mix of landscape ecologies that occur along the Grand Randonnée 2013, a 360 km long urban hiking trail under development in the Marseille metropolitan region in conjunction with the Marseille Provence Cultural Capital events in 2013. Blending contemporary art practice with the environmental field sciences, I will be exploring the potential of the trail to become a new kind of metropolitan landscape observatory, a network of routes and sites that function as a distributed outdoor field museum that can serve as a platform for a wide variety of investigations into the highly varied and contrasting terrains of the region.

Initial research focus will weave through four thematic arenas:

- Natural systems – climate, topography, geology, hydrology, soils, flora and fauna

- Built environment – architecture, infrastructure networks, agricultural and industrial technologies

- Newly emerging para-wilds and novel ecosystems at the intersection of the built and natural worlds

- Cognitive geographies: landscape perception, socially constructed images and understandings of place

From this broad survey, selected topics will be distilled into an interpretive artwork that will be part trail marking system and part digital toposcope. Like a traditional landscape toposcope used to sight and identify multiple features of the surrounding terrain from a central location, I will be using the IMéRA research environment to create a centralized body of observation tools, images, and conceptual resources designed to enhance the experience of visitors exploring different aspects of the trail landscape during the Marseille Provence Cultural Capital programming in 2013.


The GR2013 (Marseille Metropolis Hiking Trail) is a 368 km suburban trail, designed by 10 walking-artists and conceived by Editions Wildproject, which aims to promote a new kind of awareness of the Marseilles Metropolis area. From Arles to La Ciotat, Aix to Marseille, this large, contrasted territory, displays rich and varied relationships between nature and city – seashore and industry, the delta of the Rhône river and dramatic hills in a largely urbanized land. The GR2013 (Marseille Metropolis Hiking Trail) is a key project in the Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013.

The American artist Bryan Connell, working on "parawild" landscape and "cipherscapes" from the Exploratorium, an art and science museum in California, has been selected and invited as an IMéRA resident for a period of 4 months, in order to design a project on the trail called "Toposcope".

TrailPoints, l'oeuvre de Bryan Connell issue de sa résidence à l'IMéRA en partenariat avec MP2013, est accessible en suivant ce lien : 

Accueilli en partenariat avec Marseille-Provence 2013 Capitale européenne de la culture pour contribuer au projet GR2013 (concepteur : Baptiste Lanaspèze) et avec le soutien du Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône (CG13).

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