Exhibitions / Mine Museum / Site Couriot_
As for each edition of the biennial, the Site Couriot / Mine Museum hosts several exhibitions and installations, as an invitation to come and visit this mining museum for the first time, or once again.
This emblematic site of Saint Étienne’s industrial culture comes as a self-evident extension of the biennial.

Les Élémentaux

Site Couriot / Mine Museum

Designed by Sacha Séméria and Aurélie Sivaciyan, an installation named Les élémentaux will sound from up on the headframe - the emblem of the site, along with the slag heaps.
Meeting point of the underground and daylight working teams, the headframe and minewater tanks will host this installation, making nature’s elements resound to the sleeping memory of the men who built Couriot and Saint Étienne.

Imaginez demain (Imagine Tomorrow)


For the first time since it was created, PREAC design (Resource Centre for Artistic and Cultural Education), are inviting all French schools to enter a competition to take part in an Education national exhibition for the 2010 Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial, which features teleportation as its main theme.
From Jules Verne to Star Trek, we are inviting guests to think about what could communications and transport look like in the near future. What lies ahead of us? How will we communicate? Will people still travel? What will be the boundaries between a ‘physical world’ and the ‘virtual world’? Through mutual research within classes, pupils are requested to imagine what the world will be in the future and give it design answers – utopian or realistic, crazy or feasible, models, prototypes, story scripts, and so on.

Exhibition of objects, lighting, mirrors, small furniture...


After five years of design in Granville, the Granville Gallery is going to open a second gallery in Paris in November 2010.
It steps in as an intermediate, coordinating design project and secures a complete interface between industrial needs and the designers, monitoring the prototypes to the product launch. (…) The Granville gallery will exhibit several designers’ projects during Saint Étienne’s 7th International Design Biennial at the Mine Museum – lighting devices, mirrors, small furniture, etc.

Frontières communes (Common Frontiers)

the Saint Etienne national higher school of architecture

From industrial Ondaine valley to the petro-chemistry belt on the doorstep of Lyon, here we are in the eventful remains of what Zola described in “Travail” (Fraisses-Unieux), and then in Tony Garnier’s dream of a great industrial city (Givors), a dream taken up again by government minister Claudius Petit, with more pragmatism however (Cité Radieuse and giant cokeworks), the mine’s and modernity’s last united impetus.
On this territory open to utopia, where architect Jean Renaudie will set up his views on a new type of housing (Givors), it concludes with the defining of new mutual concepts and the designing and better defining of new boundaries or ‘common’ borders. Here are the different views of several students from 3 architecture schools: Saint-Étienne, Strasbourg and Köln, wishing to pool resources in order to assist the formation of a new kind of urbanism. Its dynamic aim also includes the reinvigoration of a creative and productive group to be built around themes such as DESIGN, which has the ability to promote operational concepts and thus to set up visible universally shared PRODUCTION on a large scale, a kind of TELEPORTATION to a new universe, yet still to be built from the interpretation of reality.

De l’idée à l’objet, de l’objet au produit
(From idea to object, object to the product)

Adam Mickiewicz Polish Institute
Holon University (Israel)
Warsaw’s Art And Design Academy (Poland)
Coordination : Josyane Franc

De l’idée à l’objet, de l’objet au produit is the result of a workshop set up by Holon University (Israel) and Warsaw art and design academy (Poland). Students collaborated and designed objects which could then be made in the workshop of the organization ‘Being Together’. Each object was designed by an international team before two final versions were selected in each country. They are presented on colour stands mirroring one to another: finalized Polish objects are displayed on red and white stands, Israeli objects on blue and white stands, linked to one another by large signs giving a profile of the objects on both sides. The aim was to make objects and improve the organization’s ability to help people in need - primarily those who are socially excluded or on the margins of society. Working in such a place can help people gain more self-confidence through work and education, boost their initiatives within the production factory created by the foundation. The foundation’s objective was to design attractive objects made out of accessible and ordinary resources and accessible materials such as wood and metal and to raise interest by their originality. They also desired that the use of those available materials coming from technology should be judicious.
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