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"Ecoletopie", a new educational experience for children


Press release

The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco and the Direction de l'Éducation Nationale, de la Jeunesse et des Sports de la Principauté de Monaco, with the support of the Prince Albert II Foundation, invite studio smarin to present a new educational experience entitled "Ecoletopie".

Conceived by studio smarin in 2022 to coincide with the "L'Art d'apprendre, une école des créateurs" exhibition at the Centre Pompidou Metz, the system is being deployed for the first time in a school in Monaco. "Écoletopie" will take up residence in a classroom at the Saint-Charles school until the winter vacations.

During this period, CM1 pupils and their teacher will be experimenting with a total environment, the main objectives of which are :
- mobilizing attention
- collective intelligence
- exercising sensitivity
- body awareness

smarin focuses its research on inventing objects that limit their impact on the human body and the ecosystem, with a view to the long term. To this end, each piece is made from pure, untreated materials, carefully selected for their natural qualities.

The classroom is accompanied by a series of conversations and hands-on workshops conducted by smarin with the children to address notions such as the biomechanics of the body, collective coordination to build shared space, materials and their ecological footprint, and also the practice of play as a free experimentation with sensibility.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is pleased to be associated with this artistic approach which, as well as offering a new form of eco-design, questions our sensibilities and feeds our imaginations to rethink the way we inhabit the world and live together. It's an exceptional experience for these young schoolchildren, the citizens of tomorrow.