The Group is an international art company, founded in 2017 and open to all. This collective adventure includes 139 persons, aged 4 to 84, from 27 countries, every walk of life and a wide range of professional backgrounds.
We reinvent our lives through artistic and humanistic projects, created by Agathe Simon since 2017, after a decade of residencies around the world. These interdisciplinary projects originate in unprecedented human situations, and then unfold in performances, films, art installations, and publications. We develop, on average, five events a year. A French non-profit organization, The Group is deliberately turned towards a large audience and collaborates with various partners, from alternative art venues to research laboratories.
To join us:
1. There is no prerequisite to participate in our projects.
2. It is possible to live one or several experiences.
3. It is possible to participate from anywhere in the world, via Internet.
Members of The Group are from all the continents: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Greece, India, Iceland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tasmania, Turkey, and the United States.
Members of The Group include: a workman, a marketing director, a schoolgirl, a CNRS researcher, a secretary, a tantra teacher, an orchestra conductor, a service agent, the founder of an association for the visually impaired, an astrophysicist, a switchboard operator, a home help, a chief information officer, a sales representative, a librarian, a Head of Human Resources, a scriptwriter, a student, a software engineer, a program manager at Radio France (France Culture), a self-employed individual, a school teacher, a retired person, a director of a scientific laboratory, an administration coordinator, a composer, a cartographer, a computer science tutor, a game designer, a film editor, a choir director, etc.
Members: Yasser Aguirre, Frédéric Baron, Barbara Becquiot, Noémie Bourdin Habert, Ansilde Chanteau, Rubén Fuentes Gonzalez, Lucile Jaeghers, Namhee Kwon, Laurent Lamielle, Sébastien Lemaire, Fabienne Manet, Bertrand Maillot, Elisa Martin, Viviane Monel-Villa, V., David Packer, Margareta Lanzetta, Lionel Onteniente, Ghislaine Parent, Deneth Piumakshi Wedaarachchige, Anne Rannou, Agathe Simon, Paul Villa, Arnaud, Françoise, Jean-Baptiste, Le Professeur Inlassable, Nolwenn, Philippe de la Sainte Pomade, Patrick Sutczak, Wadim Dicke, Panagiotis Grigoriou, Cristiano Mangovo Brás, Eryn Foster, Giuseppe Gavazza, Ida C. Helland-Hansen, Max Evstropov, Mehmet Demirtas, Mel B., Pauline Gutter, Margarita Garcia Faure, Prasanta Kumar Kolay, Saïd Afifi, Sigurlin Bjarney Gisladottir, Simonetta Montaguti, Brigitte Louis, Louise Lachance, Fred Petit, Patrice Vandoorselaere, Hadi Moussally, Olivier Pagny, Lavy, Thomas Ivernel, Alice Fauquette, Denise Cobello, Jeanne Lelièvre, Armel Tia, Jocelyne Léger, Daria Apakhonchich, David Anna, Irène Omélianenko, Françoise de Chalonge, Nathalie Noé Adam, Saïd Hajjioui, Astrid Ginouvier-Chardard, Mila, Simon, Lou Inglebert, Martine Bertrand, Mireille Faure, Alain Joubert, Marie Leblanc, Eléonore Linais, Fabio Costa, Michel Gravero, Edgar Tetahiotupa, Lucie Tetahiotupa, Wahid Davodi, Christine Clémino-Laéglé, Françoise Dubus, Cannelle Querry, Elisabeth Châtelain, Claudia Vilpoux, Odile Fondet, Nathalie Claude, Amélie Perey, Véronique Gauthier, LNPELL, Anne-Claire Demoures, Lucile Vernoois, Jeanine Brimbal, Rhonda Boaglio, Lucile Faivre, Clémence Dejean, Anne Mazeau, Jehanne Piona, Valérie Defontaine, Mayou, Marc Giovaninetti, Erika Hernandez, Mireya Allehaux-Villano, Arthur Prudent, Monica Ross, Sauveur Loucatos, Michel Monsay, Tantra Deva, Pete Finlayson, Anaël Ben Soussan, Isabel Nebout, Félix Leprince, Étienne Roussel, Pascale Mons, Julien Douçot, Alexis Lavigne, Carl Tixier, Manon Morin, Mathis Bergogne, Gérald Peloux, Léna Pochauvin, Benjamin Zaragoza, Véronique Moulinié, Félix Dirand, Corinne Le Néün, Esther Laurent-Baroux, Leïa Guillaume, Delphine Teriifaatau, Rudy Levassor, Élise Paget, Léa Da Silva, Soraya Abdou, Sinae Lee, Sébastien Dauphant, Élodie Faye, Amélie Bartholin, Sacha, Jules, Wei Chiang Chen, Michele Gurrieri.
Artistic Creation: Agathe Simon.
Film & Photo Team: Michele Gurrieri (Chief Operator), Hadi Moussally & Olivier Pagny (Camerawomen), Noémie Bourdin Habert (Photographer & Caremawoman), Michel Monsay (Cameraman), Mon Ross (Camerawoman), David Anna (Chief Operator), Sébastien Lemaire (Photographer & Cameraman), Fred Petit (Photographer), Saïd Hajjioui (Film Editor), Pascale Mons, Alain Joubert, and Mireille Faure (Sound Engineers).
Administrative Team: Anne Rannou (President), Étienne Roussel (Treasurer), Sébastien Lemaire (Associate Administrator), Viviane Monel-Villa (Associate Administrator), Michel Monsay (Associate Administrator), Anne Mazeau (Production Manager), Wei Chiang Chen (Production & Communication Manager), Marie-Hélène Vignes (Lawyer), Laure Duchâtel (Lawyer).
Special Thanks: Barbara Becquiot, Noémie Bourdin Habert, Emmanuel Ferrand, Philippe Kadosch, Jeanne Lelièvre, Le Professeur Inlassable, Carine Simon, Marie-Hélène Vignes.
A Word from Agathe Simon
I am pleased to create the projects of the art company The Group, since I returned from a decade of journeys and art residencies around the world.
On this occasion, I have created many art projects, from Antarctica to the Arctic, from Amazonia to the Far East. I have collaborated with artists and scientists. I have also met shamans and lived initiatic experiences.
Back in Paris, I continue this adventure in my own country. I feel that the more we are connected (with ourselves, the others and the invisible dimension of the world), the more we are creative and happy. This is what my projects for The Group offers you. Looking forward to seeing you soon,
I can truly say the experience was
delightful, and its many unexpected
moments will not soon be forgotten.
I lived a great experience, on a physical and emotional level. Joy of evolving
in a group of caring, interesting and varied people.
I can’t wait for the next experiences!
In this closed space, the movement of my body was automatic, instinctive, among
others, sometimes with others. A strange experience that I experienced
deeply, intimately, with the heart.
The strange sensation of passing through the looking glass,
to enter gently into the poetic dance that is offered to us.
A great adventure out of my comfort zone. Thank you!
Photographs © Noémie Bourdin Habert
We reinvent our lives thanks to art projects based on collective humanistic experiences.