Thanks to the nomadic and immersive exhibition project supported by UTC’s Communications Department, a new collaboration with the Lycée des Métiers d’Arts in Saint-Quentin has come into being. The idea is to create an immersive wooden space to broadcast podcasts created to mark the school’s 50th anniversary.
Another fruitful collaboration between the Lycée des Métiers d’Arts in Saint-Quentin and the UTC’s industrial design engineering programme has led to the creation of the 50th Anniversary Box. Measuring 4 m² and 2.40 m high, the hexagonal-shaped box with a flat roof, made entirely of wooden panels was delivered at the beginning of June. “The specifications were very precise, but left plenty of scope for creativity. In particular, the box had to be able to be dismantled and reassembled on UTC’s different sites, in an environmentally-friendly way. It is mainly made up of panels, assembled using wooden keys. It also has to have good acoustic properties so that you can experience a real immersion experience full of surprises,” says Thomas Boutin, head of the IDI prototyping workshop. With a background in cabinetmaking that began at the Lycée des Métiers d’Arts in Saint-Quentin, he immediately thought of connecting the two establishments on this project when the UTC’s Communications Department approached him. Not to mention embodying a sustainable development approach. In fact, both inside and outside the box, cardboard furniture specially created from recycled cardboard tubes will also provide a comfortable welcome so that you can fully enjoy the “Box des 50 ans” experience.
Collaborative work between the two schools
“We’ve been in contact with UTC for five years, with our students in the first year of their cabinetmaking national diploma. Fifteen of them from all backgrounds are taking part in this project. They are extremely motivated by the project. They presented UTC with three lines of work to validate, in particular, the aesthetics of the box. After the creation and design phase, it was time for the complete manufacturing process. The students divided up the work: cutting the panels, making the keys, assembly, various machining operations,” explains Nicolas Grenaut, 40, who teaches contemporary cabinetmaking to students on the Diplôme National des Métiers d’Art et du Design, cabinetmaking, heritage, digital and materials at the Lycée des Métiers d’Arts in Saint-Quentin. “Working with our students on a real project is always a great opportunity. The students are always more committed. This was the case for Melissa Renard from the acoustics and vibration engineering course,” points out Thomas Boutin, who was immediately attracted by the communications team’s proposal. From an educational point of view, it’s very interesting to be able to combine the skills and knowledge of the high school pupils and our students on such concrete projects,” he continues. They can be proud of themselves.
The genesis of the “Nomadic and immersive exhibition” project
The nomadic and immersive exhibition was conceived with the aim of telling the story of UTC in an original way, other than in the form of a book that had already been produced for UTC’s 40th anniversary. “Anne-Fleur Andrle, a UTC graduate and producer of podcasts, suggested as an alternative a series of podcasts, in tune with the times and more “alive”. We had to come up with a way of ‘offering’ these episodes, and the idea of a sort of ‘cocoon’ in which we could settle down and take the time to listen to the story came up,” explains Dorothée Prot-Tombini, a graphic designer in the UTC communications team who has been working for over a year on the UTC’s 50th anniversary and the concept of an immersive box. “We also wanted an exhibition that would reach out to people and be easily accessible. As there are several UTC buildings scattered around the city, the idea of a nomadic exhibition seemed relevant to us. That’s how we came up with the idea of a ‘box’ that could be easily assembled, dismantled and transported by our logistics team, who provide invaluable assistance. We then designed the scenography of this exhibition around the box, which would include key dates in the history of UTC-Compiegne, photos and anecdotes in the form of multi-sized totems made of recycled cardboard”.