The Group is an international art company, open to all. Following a decade of art projects around the world, Agathe Simon founded this collective adventure in Paris in 2017. The Group currently includes 100 persons, aged 9 to 82, from 26 countries, every walk of life and a wide range of professional backgrounds.
We reinvent our lives through artistic and humanistic projects. These interdisciplinary projects originate in unprecedented human situations, and then unfold in performances, films, art installations, and publications. We create, on average, 5 events a year, in France and via the Internet. A French non-profit organization, The Group is deliberately turned towards a large audience, from the museum to alternative venues, from the theater to the public space. 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, Tasmania, Turkey, and the United States.
Members of The Group include: a workman, a marketing director, a schoolgirl, a CNRS researcher, a secretary, the founder of an association for the visually impaired, an astrophysicist, a switchboard operator, a chief information officer, a sales representative, a librarian, a scriptwriter, a student, a software engineer, a program manager at Radio France (France Culture), a self-employed individual, a school teacher, retired, a director of a scientific laboratory, an administration coordinator, a composer, a cartographer, 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.
Artistic Creation and Direction: Agathe Simon.
Film & Photo Team: Hadi Moussally & Olivier Pagny (Chief Operators), Noémie Bourdin Habert (Photographer & Caremawoman), Sébastien Lemaire (Photographer & Cameraman), Fred Petit (Photographer), Saïd Hajjioui (Film Editor), Mireille Faure (Sound Engineer), Alain Joubert (Sound Engineer).
Administrative Team: Agathe Simon (President), Anne Rannou (Treasurer), Sébastien Lemaire (Associate Administrator), Elisa Martin (Associate Administrator), Viviane Monel-Villa (Associate Administrator & Production Assistant), Marie-Hélène Vignes (Lawyer), Laure Duchâtel (Lawyer), Alice Fauquette (Production Assistant & Legal Adviser), Eleonore Linais (Production Assistant).
Special Thanks: Barbara Becquiot, Noémie Bourdin Habert, Emmanuel Ferrand, Philippe Kadosch, Jeanne Lelièvre, Le Professeur Inlassable, Carine Simon, Marie-Hélène Vignes.
A Word from the Artistic Director
Since September 2017, I am pleased to have created “The Group”. The Group is a long-term collective adventure, which I am proposing to you following 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.
Currently back in Paris, I wish to continue this adventure in my own country which is why I have created The Group. 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 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
Reinventing our lives thanks to art projects based on collective humanistic experiences.