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Young people, laments, intonings, swelling sound and a camera discreetly doing its work: Fikret Atay’s "Theorists" is a keen look at religious education, following the daily lessons in a Turkish school and the learning process that goes with them: singing loudly as you walk around. The pupils pay no heed to the rhythm of their neighbours: each in his own little world, they are locked into a spookily mysterious cacophony. In Theorists, Atay underscores the effects of this combination of rigid teaching methods and a narrow curriculum. Learning and knowledge, movement and physical activity – all eloquently captured here with no commentary whatsoever – convey the problematic relationship the system sets up between the individual and the group. Alone in the crowd and filmed with absolute simplicity, these pupils remind us of how close teaching can be to coercion.

With the support of the Turkish Season in France (july 2009-march 2010).

Fikret ATAY
Theorists, 2007
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Customised guided tours will run throughout the Biennale at La Sucrière and the Museum of Contemporary Art, tailored to audiences ranging from the last year of nursery school up to higher education.
These experiences allow real interaction between group and mediator.
The discovery trails are devised to sharpen the eye, awaken sensibilities and hone the critical faculties, while exploring the latest work and developments on the contemporary-art scene.

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Cycle 2 / cycle 3 tours

Duration: 1hr
Price: €50 (per group of 15 children maximum)
"Biennale /Petitart" rate: depending on number of activities chosen

Information meeting for primary-school teachers
To book,
call: +33 (0)4 72 82 13 05.
Wednesday 30 September
2pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4.30pm at La Sucrière

Tours for secondary-school and higher-education students

Price: €70 (per group of 25 students maximum)
Secondary-school students pay with their M'ra card

Information meeting for secondary-school and higher-education teachers
To book,
call: +33 (0)4 72 82 13 05.
Wednesday 30 September
2pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4.30pm at La Sucrière

For primary-school pupils...

The Biennale is partnering with the Petitart association to offer a four-part "contemporary art" module, dispensed at the Biennale and in the classroom.
It aims to familiarise pupils with contemporary art through the discovery of an international exhibition (with workshop and education pack), combined with fun and educational activities in the classroom.

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For upper secondary-school pupils...

A Soprano call for projects has been launched to culture clubs across the Rhône-Alpes region. For more details, contact the education department (see details below) or go to the Rhône Alpes Regional Council website.

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+33 (0)4 72 82 13 05

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