Marie Preston

Digressions series

In this eighth title in the Digressions series Marie Preston speaks with Nora Sternfeld and Julie Pellegrin about her practice as a crossroads for art, education and cooperative working.


Marking Marie Preston's residency at La Ferme du Buisson Centre for Contemporary Art, Digressions #8 maps the development of the exhibition Du pain sur la planche and the issues raised by the artist's works in progress. Together with Nora Sternfeld and Julie Pellegrin, Marie Preston addresses the connection between co-creation and coeducation, the exhibition as workspace and her relationship with the experimental and the collective.



Initiated by La Ferme du Buisson in association with Captures Éditions, Digressions parallels the Art Centre programme. Through the fresh light of group discussion the series clarifies the thinking, criteria, methods and, sometimes, serendipity that fuel a creative working process.



Marie Preston is an artist, an associate professor at Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis University and a member of the Contemporary Arts and Images Laboratory and Teamed. Her Pain Commun (Communal Bread) project in Paris's Saint-Denis district brings local residents and bakers' apprentices together in a bread-making venture seen as a shared approach to "letting knowledge grow". She is pairing this with an investigation into a network of experimental schools that sprang up in France in the 1970s and 1980s on a basis of self-governance, cooperation and openness to innovation


Vienna-born Nora Sternfeld is an art educator and curator and currently a professor at the School of Art and Design in Kassel. She is also co-director of the ECM Master Program in Exhibition Theory and Practice at the University of Applied Arts (Vienna) and a member of two research collectives, trafo.K (Vienna) and .freethought (London). She publishes widely on contemporary art, exhibitions, politics of history, educational theory and anti-racism.


Julie Pellegrin is the director of the Ferme du Buisson Centre fort Contemporary Art. 


Publication details

authors Marie Preston / Julie Pellegrin / Nora Sternfeld
series Digressions
publisher Captures éditions / Ferme du Buisson
general editor Valérie Cudel in association with Julie Pellegrin
editorial coordination Céline Bertin
graphic design Claire Moreux
copyeditor Sophie Streefkerk  
english translation John Tittensor
publication date 2019
languages French / English
format 21,5 x 13,5 cm + postcard
pages 34
price 6 €
isbn 978-2-491549-01-5
printing Imprimerie Simon, Ornans (France)
distribution Les presses du réel