‘La Petite Ceinture’ _ ‘The Little Belt’ 

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‘La Petite Ceinture’ _ ‘The Little Belt’ 

Karina Borodai



Paris 2030, Sai professor of Visual Art and her pupil Jack, discuss. 

Sai : Did you go to « The small belt « recently?

Jack: What is it? 

Sai: An old railroad, which goes around Paris, closed in 1985,  today becomes a «museum park».

Jack: How can I reach it? 

Sai  The project creates multiple accesses, on the crossing of Paris’ main roads with the small belt

«Factories» as they call them give access and activate the « green walk « of 32 km. Furthermore they represent art declinations in six domains. Here a map which explains it in more in detail. 

Jack: what?! how can I go there?

Sai: You can live these 3 declinations of arts there. The Alive Performing Art is a place of Representation, where you will attend  an alive Theater. Art du Son is a place of experience, where you will feel amplified sound. The Pictural Art is a place of exhibition, where you will see the beauty.

Jack: swag let’s go!



Who influences you graphically? 

Junya Ishigamy and David Hockney are my two influences. Ishigamy for his purity and graphics. Hockney for the colors, graphics and his art scenes.

What defined the medium of the model?

“Arcitecture should be about joy”.

Colours and materiality are the main elements that represent my project. Colors guide the eye to the main object. I imagine my pictures, in a way like elements that reveal a short story.

030 - ARTS visuels karina+borodaï . M2 . EPFL . MUSEUM PARK . HARRY GUGGER LABA

Were there any parameters imposed when photographing the model?

Purity and one main color.

What did you want to convey?

“The white box, a neutral space that commonly symbolizes the exhibition site, no longer seems to be a setting suited to the artistic works of our time. Art, in the fifties, needed to get out of these walls to come and connect to a site. The Museum-Park or “open-air museum” appears. It is a new hybrid project, balanced between  museum and sculpture park.

_027 - ARTS DU Son karina+borodaï . M2 . EPFL . MUSEUM PARK . HARRY GUGGER LABA

The sculptural park is composed by  “Fabrique” (french), small buildings, a term which was borrowed by the creators of the gardens of landscape painters. In painting, “Fabrique” means any sort of constructions which the painters arrange in their boards to decorate them. (…) The “Fabrique” gives rhythm to the walk of the one who visits it.»

Park museums are somehow a contemporary interpretation of the garden “Fabrique” or “Folies / Folly” which are then programmed as an exhibition venue. Defined by the walk through  art pieces in harmony with the landscape and as site specific.

What was your main objective? 

I wanted to show that, lost space’s can be reused. The “petite ceinture” is a lost space  around Paris. There are no buildings but 32 km of railway tracks. Since 83 years ago when this place was abandon, a new biodiversity has been developing. An Museum Park  on this site is my main idea. It can be accessible from several strategic points of the city. Located at the intersection of the major historic roads and the “petite ceinture”, it’s Impossible to miss these “Fabriques” .

They dot the landscape path, serve as landmarks and giving the access to the museum park walk. These “Fabriques” are dedicated to art. This place is for anyone who wants to see, practice and exchange around the artistic disciplines. The teaching of the history of the arts is made compulsory in 2008 at colleges and lycées de France.

The practice of the arts in six areas:

  1. Performing Arts :

Dance – Circus arts – Theater

  1. Sound Arts  :

Music – Opera – Instruments – Songs

  1. Language Arts :

Literature – Myths – Novels – Tales

  1. Everyday Arts :

Decorative Arts – Textile – Design

  1. Space Arts :

Architecture – Art of gardens – Landscaping

  1. Visual Arts :

Painting – Sculpture – Photography – Cinema

The project proposes to evoke these academic domains within the MUSEUM PARK of “petite ceinture”.


How could the narrative be pushed alongside the image?

“Fabrique” of the performing art:

While crossing the city, this “Fabrique” are located just next to the Porte de Versail, exhibition park.

This folly is dedicated to the performing arts meaning theater, dance and the art of the circus. A ‘hang theater’, made out of wooden structure, creates a masterful staircase and a stage. The visitors can use this “Fabrique” as an access to the small belt or they can just site inside and look at the performance.

“Fabrique” of the sound arts: 

This “Fabrique” in the 14th surrounding is in front of the old Mon Rouge Station. It representing music, opera, instruments and song. The idea is to bring the visitors of the “petite ceinture” within presence of the sound experiance, thanks to a moment of sound creation.

Using the conic concret structure the visitors hear the city’s sounds. It’s a random tone, without program where people come and they do not know what they go to see or hear.

The first cone is made out of concrete, covered by a micro holes plate, giving to this place a perfect sound absorption.

The second one is made out of concrete only, that is for the sound refraction, it will make the sound more diffracted.

The third volume, is an open air stairs case, make the visitors understand the difference between inside this cones and the every day live sound.

“Fabrique” of the Visual arts :

This “Fabrique”cis not far from the park de la Villette.

The visual art  “Fabrique”  is represented by painting, sculpture, photography and cinema. The idea is to expose art on this monumental wall, guiding the visitors to the “petite ceinture”. The old  station is also transformed into an art gallery.

Accessible by that crawl which brings the the visitors to the walk inside the museum park and the observation of the art wall. What a better way to finish your day in a world filled with art, disconnect from the stress of the everyday life.

If you could explore the proposal further what would you do?

My wish, if given the chance I will definitely constructed these factories. For cella, I think that the development of the museum must be more pushed in its assembly as well as in its integration in the landscape. The factories that serve as access also serve as a den for this space, so I would like to develop their technical aspect and referring them to the art that they define.



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