by Marco Pantaleoni, MA Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins
Marco Pantaleoni is a current MA Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins who was selected for this year’s Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) AER 2017: Domaine de Boisbuchet Residency. Here, he reports back on his residency experience.
Domaine de Boisbuchet is a French country estate where Alexander von Vegesack established a non-profit centre for design education; the architectural park features buildings by many international renowned architects such as Simón Vélez, Shigeru Ban, Brückner & Brückner, the futuristic Techstyle-Haus, installations by Alvaro Siza, Nikolay Polissky and Alexander Brodsky,
as well as a traditional Japanese guest house of 1864.
A month before the start of the residency, when deciding how to reach the Domaine De Boisbuchet from London, I chose on purpose to go by train, rather than flying and landing, suddenly, somewhere in the middle of France.
Although it took 10 hours to finally get to the place, I wanted to perceive the landscape running around me, appreciating the slow and clear change out of the window; from the busy London, through the dense city of Paris and finally to the quiet village of Poitiers, where I waited a few hours for the shuttle bus that took me to the domaine.