• 10.07.11
    visite performance
    de dector & dupuis
  • 15.06.11
    Pour une République
    des rêves

    Vernissage de
  • 21.06.11

    Fête de la musique

  • 14.05.11

    de C.T. Dreyer

    par Untel
    La Nuit des Musées

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    lumière, sculpter
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    par Célia Charvet

  • 20.03.11
    L comme lumière
    de l'Abécédaire

    par Fabrice Lambert
  • 19 - 20.03.11
    Week-end de l'Art Contemporain



On Tuesday, November 29 at 6 pm

Traces of Fernand Deligny’s network 1969-1979



A lecture by Sandra Alvarez de Toledo



At the occasion of the exhibition La liberté sans nom [Nameless Freedom], CRAC Alsace is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Sandra Alvarez de Toledo about the maps and wander lines drawn between 1969 and 1979 in the context of a support network for autistic and mute children, established by Fernand Deligny in the Cévennes area, near Monoblet, South of France.




Fernand Deligny
Drawings traced by Gisèle Durand, exhibition views.
Photos A. Mole.




With the wander lines, the point was to avoid misunderstandings and to enter the children's field of vision in a way that enabled a communal life outside of language. These drawings were assembled by Sandra Alvarez de Toledo in Maps and Wander Lines, Traces du réseau de Fernand Deligny, 1969-1979 published by Editions L’Arachnéen in 2013.


Sandra Alvarez de Toledo is the editor and funder of L’Arachnéen Publishing, project begun in 2007 with the publication of an important volume - 1850 pages of « works almost complete » by Fernand Deligny, then, the next year, with the edition of a second compilation entitled L’Arachnéen et autres textes [The Arachnean and Others Texts], composed of an essay giving its name to the publishing house, and variety of texts about the notion of network. At the origin of this rediscover and the spread of the work by Fernand Deligny and the Cévennes’ network, she will talk in particular about the publication of maps and wander lines reassembling the drawings and their descriptions written from interviews with their authors.


“It was essential to publish those maps for what they are: not some aesthetical objects but more documents of “presence”, a trace of an experience during which children qualified as deficient and adults qualified as normal has shared a communal life. These are not “drawings”, in the way that they don’t reveal any artistic intention nor any project of “representing”. Deligny was speaking about the tracing to focus on the tension of the gesture that is currently made and on the asubjective and primordial nature of this gesture. To us, those long captions were essential: we needed to describe - and not explain: those maps do not interpret anything on a psychological plan – and say to what those wander lines correspond, those numerous signs invented to point out a meeting point, the exact and reiterated spot where the gesture of an adult has provoked the gesture of a child, to distinguish a wander line, a route “for nothing” from a route motivated by the every day repetition of tasks, to precise that this kid would repeat this particular day a task and another one a close presence, and that this one couldn’t locate anything into space.”


- S. Alvarez de Toledo, interview by Gwilherm Perthuis, Journal Hippocampe n°12, November 2013.




This lecture is organized with the generous support of Les Amis du CRAC Alsace.