Coline Delozanne
Oslo, Norway
Streets with (new) meaning
Ways of living, ways of sharing
Transforming, adapting, reusing
Image: Coline Delozanne
The asphalt is a void covering Earth, a palimpsest onto which we print our values and beliefs. The ground-soil is a membrane connecting us.

If I see my immediate surroundings with a lot of poetry, it only make sense when meanings are shared.
By making, craft connects people to their land and tighten-up a community.
I collect picked-up elements in my surroundings, and weave them in public space with clay and seeds.
I use those materials for their symbolic to confront different contexts, seeking for a reconciliation. The result is an everchanging man-made soil which tracks our interactions to the ground, to Earth. It aims to picture an intertwined network of habits, scales and interactions when it comes to organic materials. There’s no inside our outside but a complex organism breathing in and out : A hearth.

HEARTH is a reflection on the habitat, our body being the first one. The second being the social body, I offer my practice as a bridge to connect the inhabitants and their streets, questionning together our ability to shape our surroundings with daily life actions. This research is multiform : installations, workshops, performances and publications on the way. The audience is part of the process. First, we walk by Akerselva with a speaker playing my poem interpreted by VOK ENS. Then we arrive at the sculpture where to weave, discuss, see the dancers performance and eventually share a meal.
A strategic place in Oslo for me is Losaeter. is a project currated by Anne Beate, started in 2014.
It aims «to connect Norway’s agricultural heritage to the present, extending the metaphor of cultivation to larger ideas of self-determination and the foregrounding of organic processes in the development of land use, social relations, and cultural forms. The openness and fluidity of the projects evolving at Losæter stand in stark contrast to the rational logic of development in the surrounding areas of Bjørvika».

I aim to use my practice as a pedagogical medium, for children to read their neigborhood through senses.
Sensuality is a way to belong, an empowering experience where vulnerability to the unknown opens-up new meanings. I can see how weaving in the street opened-up a bridge to merge fantasy and routine for passers-by :
It creates a space to discuss our relation to Earth, on the surface our perception of nature and consumption habits. It is important for me to use materials that my audience can relate to : grains from grocery stores, snuss boxes, caps from sodas, municipality papers... Those individual stories creates our communal life, and shape our habitat when materialized.


The installation and weaving practice in the street acts as a hook in public space, to invite people to participate either to shape the piece or to discuss the subjetcs it evoques. Being supported by Losæter Foreningen allows me to connect all the branches of my research in one space. I will be able to see my installation evolve through the four seasons, and involve my audience on the way : passers-by, schools, gardeners, food producers, other artists questionning the land.

The conclusion of this context-specific and social study is an outdoor ever-changing sculpture that everyone can take care of, a publication and eventually a video. My goal being to perform this in other places and compare the experiences.

Akerselva | June - October 2021
Welded steel structure with chicken-wire, raw clay, seeds and picked up materials.
2m long x 1m50 high x 0,8m large

Piece installed by the river during my Master degree research. Everyday I would come and weave, eventually chat with passers-by who would often come down and discuss further.

Texture detail : Picked-up elements showing an intertwine nework of contradictory contexts or "realities" as one environment.

Texture detail : Raw clay, crushed bricks from the streets used as a coat, dead leaves and sprouts brought by the wind from trees in the neigborhood.

Intervention at the French School with 25 children : After listenning to a soundtrack and my story in the classroom, we went out to pick-up elements to weave in individual nests.

Example of a nest installed in the street, in dialog with a dog-walker.

Coline Delozanne

Coline Delozanne (b.1997, France) is a material-based artist with a background in ceramics (Master Degree at KHiO). She is now working in between craft and performances to generate narratives on the soil in dialog with her audience; to work on our interaction with Earth.
Losaeter Foreningen supports my project and my presence in the garden, with the installation of a sculpture that will be a medium for children workshops on the habitat. Karina Corbett is the head of Bakelauge at Losaeter with whom I develop workshop and events ideas on the grain. Louis Anquetil is a french chef with whom i’m developping clay-baked recipes.
Lavinia Raissa is student at AHO. We research on blaleire and soil from excavated construction sites to reuse them at Losaeter this Spring/Summer.

The French School of Oslo follows-up my project and gave me the opportunity to give a workshop for one day with a class of 25 children. I sometimes join them for tour in Oslo with the biology and history teacher.