La Tablée in French means an assembly of people sitting at a table. Designed specifically for the project by artist and architect Didier Faustino, it is a piece of mobile and modular furniture placed in the museum or elsewhere. It offers to the museum and its visitors a possibility of a genuine welcome and human interaction, a deeper engagement with the artworks, and more importantly, with each other.
In brief, La Tablée is an invitation to sit and slow down, engage in a creative activity, recount an aesthetic experience, learn about art or someone else’s experience of it, question our ways of seeing… Different modes of language - whether specialist or non-specialist, critical or sensitive - intertwine to encourage multiple ways of connecting with art to emerge.
Considered as a locus for conversations, artworks mediate encounters between strangers, people from different walks of life brought together through an aesthetic experience. La Tablée creates a unique space where different audiences can engage in wider conversations about our past and present and share visions for the future.
Hosted by invited artists, museum guides and volunteers of the Centre Pompidou, La Tablée will also leave the museum to travel to community centres, refugee accommodation centres, and public gatherings.
The recruitment and training of volunteers is an essential part of the project. It is an invitation to join the museum and partake in its mission of studying and transmitting heritage, and ultimately transform it into a space of shared ownership.