From December 1 to 10, 2022, at the Dannemarie Media Library (10 rue de la Gare), Museum of the Spring created by students of Jean Monnet High School in the context of a residency in a school environment with the artist Louise Hervé.
The Media Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 6pm, Fridays from 3pm to 6:30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. The opening of Museum of the Spring is on Thursday, December 1st from 4:30pm.
The Museum of the Spring is a project based on the ancient sulphurous spring of Altkirch (more precisely located in the commune of Aspach). Today forgotten, the spring was nevertheless excavated during the 1920s, revealing traces of a Gallo-Roman occupation: a masonry basin, five meters long, two meters wide, and one meter deep. There are two wells, one of which contains naturally sulfurous water. This water was famous from the Middle Ages until the end of the 18th century, and was transported on the roads in barrels for domestic baths. A project of rehabilitation of the site, and exploitation of the spring, was envisaged at the end of the excavations, with a view to transforming the town into a real thermal city, the future Altkirch-les-Bains!
Accompanied by their art teacher Mélanie Knopf, the students conducted an investigation with the artist Louise Hervé. They propose hypotheses-all plausible-and summon fiction to better understand the history of the thermal baths. By creating figurines and ex-votos, ceramic vases and speculative architectural drawings, the students bring to light the (potential) history of the Altkirch spa.
Louise Hervé is an artist, and co-founded with Clovis Maillet in 2001, the I. I. I. I.—International Institute for Important Items. Since then she has been working as a duo on films, performances, installations and texts. Her work was recently presented at the Busan Biennale (South Korea), at the Crédac—Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry-sur-Seine and at the IAC—Institut d'art contemporain in Villeurbanne. Performances are at the heart of his practice; they invite the public to share times of exchange, transmission and collaboration.