Street art at Socomec

Art has had its rightful place at Socomec for a long time: concerts, exhibitions, creative events, … and there have been many artistic partnerships that have been associated with the company’s major events in its history, and that are a demonstration of our openness to creativity in the widest sense. Today, in support of the Socomec Group’s continuing growth, a new artistic venture is taking shape around Street art...
 

"Part of our policy for openness"

 

Photo-Ivan-Steyert.jpg" Companies have a role to play in promoting this highly contemporary and youth-driven artistic form of expression. These companies often have large unused spaces that are visible from the outside to a large number of people: along roads, motorways and railway lines. It is a form of active artistic patronage that can be included in the social element of our Company CSR policy."

Ivan Steyert, CEO of the Socomec Group

 

August 2017: "95 years of Shared Energy" according to PISCO

 

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95 Years of “Shared Energy" to Pisco Logik

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Carte blanche to NO TYPE and OMNS

 

As a way to commemorate Socomec's 95th anniversary, we commissioned a well-known Alsace-based street artist called PISCO LOGIK. The artist worked for a month on the wall along the main car park of the Factory 1 site. Over a distance of nearly 70 metres, he has illustrated the highlights of Socomec's history since its creation via a colourful fresco. The project was a great team effort led by Nicolas Bertani and Leo Crosia.

Such a setting surely deserved more attention... The Strasbourg urban dance company No Type took inspiration from it to create an original choreography. You be the judge…

 

April 2017: Socomec at the School of Street Art

 

Fourteen 4th year undergraduate students from the Strasbourg National School of Architecture (ENSAS) participated in a street art workshop at Socomec as part of their Intensive Art Week 2017 course. The residence was supervised by Chloé Kessler, President of the Spray Club association and initiator of MUR Strasbourg, a venue well-known among graffiti artists. The students appropriated one of the walls of the company's leisure centre to create a work based on the theme of "Shared Energy".

 

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Vidéo de l'oeuvre de street art des étudiants de l'ENSAS

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August 2016: “Energy for a cleaner world” according to Kazy

 

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The creation of the work in time lapse

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Interview with Kazyusclef

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Following a call for submissions, the first artist to exercise their talents on the company's walls is one who goes under the name of KAZYUSCLEF, or 'Kazy', to his friends. Kazy is a graduate of the "L'Ecole Supérieure de l'Image" in Nantes, and works with the "100 pression" urban collective. For the last 15 years around the world he has been developing an experimental and singular contemporary universe which is enriched by references to modernist masters such as Braque, Chagall and Rivera...

 


photo-kazy.jpgTo reflect the ambition of Socomec to support tomorrow’s new forms of energy distribution, Kazy proposes the allegory of the flying man, one of mankind’s oldest dreams. This combines the image of a bird with that of the human body in a movement that evokes the ‘S’ of Socomec. His men-birds, representing the idea of a collective that is dear to the company, seek a clean, natural and almost eternal energy as we might find in the stars. The powerful midnight blue background representing dreams and the unknown are combined with shades of red that evoke warmth and energy and offer an enthralling contrast. The more astute observers among us will detect the reference to the man-bird of Hans Arp, the famous surrealist artist from Strasbourg who also decorated the Aubette building in the Alsatian capital.

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A long history of collaboration with regional artists


 
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1991

Concert with Percussions de Strasbourg in the factory workshops
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1992

Concert with the Alsace Regional Jazz Orchestra (ORJA) conducted by Bernard Struber and with the singer Lavelle
   
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1993

Purchase of an original work by Tomi Ungerer for the company's 70th anniversary
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1994

Concert by the Ballets du Rhin and exhibition of paintings in association with the DRAC* and the FRAC*
   
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1995

Theatre play at the Maillon Arts Centre accompanied by a photo competition in association with the DRAC*
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1997

Commission of a sculpture by Pierre Gaucher that is now exhibited in front of the company restaurant
   
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1998

Concert with the Ensemble Vocal de Strasbourg conducted by Christian Uhlmann
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1999

Concert with double bass player Joe Krenker with the participation of Fawzy al Aiedy, Philippe Leclerc and Ivan Favier
   
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2000 - 2011

Exhibition of works from the FRAC* at company HQ
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2011

Concert with the “MozART Group” (a comedy string quartet) in the company's logistics centre
   
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2013 - 2015

Partnership with Strasbourg city's “Artothèque” to exhibit works in our HQ reception areas
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2016

Street art competition on the theme: “Energy for a cleaner world”
   
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2017

Student artists in residence from the Strasbourg National School of Architecture (ENSAS) on the theme of "Shared Energy".
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2017

95 Years of “Shared Energy" illustrated by street artist PISCO on one of our company's walls.


* DRAC : Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs
* FRAC : Regional Contemporary Arts Foundation