Project of the MOOC

The project of the MOOC start in 2016 thanks to IN SITU ACT program. We work during two years with the European network IN SITU, ARTCENA which is a french national center of theatre, circus and danse, and a lots of artists and europeans professionals.


Evolution of the MOOC

Four courses were created for this European project, each of them focusing on one theme to introduce specificities of artistic creation:

  • introduction to aesthetics, history and institutions,
  • specific dramaturgical issues,
  •  location scouting and in situ writing methodology,
  • understanding issues related to the relationships with the audience.


What is a MOOC ? 

MOOCs are a digital learning tool originally from the USA, that stands for Massive Open Online Courses.

They were created in the early 2000s and used by major American universities, quickly gaining popularity thanks to captivating features such as innovative communication techniques (videos, webinars and podcasts), collaborative work between learners using forums, chats and wikis and an expansive process for monitoring and checking knowledge acquisition via self-assessment or peer- assessment.

A MOOC lasts for a predefined period, often several weeks, bringing together a community of learners from around the world.

Concretely, each user registers on a dedicated website, granting him/her access to the course: video contents, additional resources and a forum. The whole of it is available over a period of various months.


This MOOC presents all the artistic, political and human diversity of projects in public space and the full range of their aesthetics. It is first and foremost an analytical tool and a knowledge base, which we hope will be used by a whole host of artists from all around the world.

This content provides three-hour learning sessions each week, with online tools that enable learners to interact with each other and apply their skills in situ.

So learners are encouraged to be more than passive receivers of turnkey information, and to experiment at home and in public spaces in ordre to master the concepts covered. They can take the MOOC alone or in study groups coordinated by our professional partners.


How are the courses run ? 

Each week focuses on a specific theme and is broken down into:

• fifteen lessons, in the form of short 3-minute videos
• additional interviews with European artists and professionals providing their insight and expertise on artistic creation in public space
• educational activities for testing comprehension and putting knowledge into practice
• additional resources for “going further”.

Students who complete the MOOC will receive a certificate of achievement.


Create study groups for the MOOC

Like most MOOCs, Create in Public Space is designed for individual learning. However it can also cater to group learning, with group experiments and activities.
If you want coordinate a study group, dont hesitate to contact us to find out more.

Creation in public space: overview 

The first course of the Create in Public Space MOOC provides an overview of artistic creation in public space. It gives an introduction to this multi-faceted movement, where the common denominator are artistic works and initiatives that are intended for spaces outside conventional art venues, such as black box theatres and art gallery or museum “white cubes”.  This simple definition is broad enough to cover an infinite number of public space projects. Each of the three lessons of this course covers a starter topics to provide a better understanding of art in public space: the history of the movement, aesthetic markers and professional organisation.


Writing with public spaces 

The second course of the MOOC focuses on the specific aspects of dramaturgy for public space projects. Dramaturgy can be defined as the phase and process of creating artistic content and the procedures for adapting it for the stage.
Public space offers a different kind of stage, so the dramaturgy needs to work with the aspects of everyday life that resonate with the work. This course is organised into three parts:

  • public space as a medium: the role of the location in the narrative and dramaturgical development
  • adjusting perspective : ways of taking the space into account
  • carrying a message: the aesthetic categories linked to the artist’s dramaturgical intentions.


Scenography in public spaces

The third course of the MOOC will focus on scenography in public space, which involves the artist choosing, defining and arranging the stage area, which is not pre-defined. This section is split into three chapters:

  • dialogue between artistic projects and spaces: the reciprocal influence of places and works
  • the scenographer’s tools: processes for composition and transforming public spaces into stage areas
  • finding the performance site: introducing reconnaissance as the no. 1 tool for staging composition.


The place of audiences 

The fourth course of the MOOC is dedicated to the relationship with audiences.
As we have seen, the stage does not pre-exist before the artistic expression and it is up to the artist to define its outline and forms. In the same way, the relationship with audiences is not a given and can be developed in many different ways. It is up to the artist to define the point and way in which an encounter is created between the work and the audience.

This challenge is at the heart of writing for public space and is a central component of the artistic work.


Samantha Giordano, digital projects manager – FAI-AR
Anne Segallou, communication officer and press relation – FAI-AR

They contributed to create the MOOC in 2019

Overall coordination in 2019

Camille Fourès
, educational manager – FAI-AR
Jean-Sébastien Steil, Director of FAI-AR

Educational contributors and writing

Cédric Claquin
, communication and content strategy consultant
Claudine Dussollier, cultural engineer/publishing, training, international cooperation
Anne Gonon, auteure, journalist and critic
Marie Reverdy, dramaturg and lecturer at Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 university (France)

Design, multimédia et communication

Renaud Vercey
, shooting, editing and web development
Carole Lorthiois, video maker
Maxime Demartin, IN SITU communication officer – Lieux Publics, centre national de création
Élisabeth Simonet, IN SITU coordination officer – Lieux Publics, centre national de création
Godefroy Giorgetti, sound engineer
Adrien Bargin, graphic designer
Amélie Féraud, communication officer at FAI-AR
Connected Language Services, traduction

Training resources

Lauréline Saintemarie
et Marion Meyer, coordinators for lifelong learning – FAI-AR
Marc Sayous, head of documentation – ARTCENA
Sébastien Cotte, project manager – ARTCENA
Géry Sanchez, project manager – ARTCENA
Sarah Weber, IN SITU assistant – Lieux Publics, centre national de création

Externals eyes

Nadia Aguir
, IN SITU coordinator – Lieux Publics, centre national de création
Mark Denbigh, head of production , Norfolk & Norwich festival

Coordination of exploratory phase

Pépita Car
, project manager at FAI-AR during the first phase of the project

All the IN SITU members and associated pertners : 

Artopolis Association / PLACCC Festival (Hongrie), Atelier 231 / Festival Viva Cité (France), CIFAS (Belgique), Čtyři dny / 4+4 Days in Motion (République Tchèque), FAI-AR (France), Freedom Festival (Royaume-Uni), Kimmel Center (Etats-Unis), Metropolis (Danemark), La Paperie (France), La Strada Graz (Autriche), Les Tombées de la Nuit (France), Lieux publics (France), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (Royaume-Uni), Teatri ODA (Kosovo), Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof / Theater op de Markt (Belgique), On the Move (Belgique), Østfold kulturutvikling (Norvège), Oerol Festival (Pays-Bas), Terni Festival (Italie), UZ Arts (Royaume-Uni), Fira Tarrega (Espagne).

& the whole FAI-AR team

Lessons are completed with a number of interviews of artists and professionals

Among them :


Fabrice Guillot (FR) / Benjamin Vandewalle (BE) / Kubra Khademi (AF) / Seth Honnor (UK) / Thomas Lamers (NL) / Maria Sideri (GR) / Zineb Benzekri (FR) / Vera Maeder (DK) / Marco Barotti (IT)

Thinkers and academics

Laure Ortiz (FR) / Pascal Le Brun-Cordier (FR) / Claudine Dussollier (FR)


James Moore (NO) / Jay Whal (US) / Mike Ribalta (ES) / Trevor Davies (DK) / Fabienne Aulagnier (FR) / Werner Schrempf (AT) / Florent Mehmeti (XK) / Neil Butler (UK) / Mark Denbigh (UK) / Anne Le Goff (FR) / Hugo Bergs (BE) / Katrien Verwilt (DK) / Kees Lesuis (NL)


The first week is online!

Publié le 9 September 2019 dans News of the MOOC

On the program : A preamble including some technical tips to easily browse throughout the MOOC and an international overview of creation in public space. You are more than 1000 registered from more than fifty different countries! So do not hesitate to share your experiences on the forum, explore those of other participants or start […]

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The second week is online !

Publié le 16 September 2019 dans News of the MOOC

One week ago, you were around 1000 participants: we’re happy to say that you’re now more than 1 700, from all over the world! Many of you have completed the first week courses and shared your ideas and inspirations on the forum. We can’t tell how stimulating it is to read you and find out […]

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The third week is online!

Publié le 23 September 2019 dans News of the MOOC

We’re already halfway through the MOOC. What did you think of this week dedicated to dramaturgy in public space? Our community is growing a little more each day: we are now over 1800! The artistic references and works shared on the forums are more inspiring than the other. So, if it’s not already done, go […]

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The last week is online!

Publié le 30 September 2019 dans News of the MOOC

This fourth week will be dedicated to the public: what place for this one? Is there a specific way to address the public in unusual places? What is the point of a mediation? We also will invite you to think about it through a webinar, an interactive and live conference, organized by the FAI-AR with […]

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Until December 9 !

Publié le 7 October 2019 dans News of the MOOC

The entire course is now available! We hope you have enjoyed to explore every monday a new topic. You are almost 2000 participants from 100 countries! Thank you for your enthusiasm, your participation and your commitment! If you have not finished, don’t worry! You have now until December 9, 2019 to watch the videos, to […]

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It’s open!

Publié le 31 March 2020 dans News of the MOOC

In the view of the health and containment situation in many countries, the FAI-AR has decided to re-open the MOOC Create in public space at least until April 30th. We hope that these resources and international projects will help you through this unprecedented period. > Practical information 🌟 The course is now fully available🌟 You can register any time during […]

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Join us for the first IN SITU talk!

Publié le 7 April 2020 dans News of the MOOC

> Next Tuesday(April 14) at 5pm (UTC+2 – French Time) Leaders of Freedom Festival and Norfolk & Norwich Festival come together to talk about their festivals and the history of street arts and outdoor arts in the UK.  They focus on how their programmes are shaped by the artists they work with, the cities they […]

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Publié le 21 April 2020 dans News of the MOOC

> Today (April 21) at 5pm French Time (UTC+2) Public space and politics in Hungary In Hungary, under the present political regime, if an artist or a festival intends to create in public space, they have to relate to an over-politicized public realm which is one of the most important platforms of the political propaganda of the government. […]

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Publié le 23 April 2020 dans News of the MOOC

> Tuesday April 28 at 5pm French Time (UTC+2) How to transform a small city into a whole theater. Behind the scenes of FiraTàrrega During this webinar, team members of FiraTàrrega will present and reflect upon their work with the city :  How to transform a small city into a whole theater? What for? And how to proceed to make this happen? Participants :Mike […]

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