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BEINGS // LEAVING EARTH // MIGRATION
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FUSION // PETROLEUM // PLASTICS
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// TRANSHUMANCE // WOLVES
Lessons in adaptation – on the twisted history of
the Rromani people in Europe (FR, EN, SQ, BS)
Over and over since they left India 1000 years ago,
Rromanies have managed to adapt remarkably well to changing circumstances,
cultures and religions; quite in contrast to the prevalent stereotypes
circulating about them until today.
Marcel Courthiade is head of the section Rromani
language and culture at the National institute of Oriental
Languages and Civilizations (l'inalco). He works on reconstituting
the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.
Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita
Puppet lovers - living in a society without women (FR,
Imagine you are living in a world without women. Introducing their
current documentary project, the filmmakers take you in contemporary
Japan, into a microcosm that is fantastical and real at the same
Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita are documentary film makers.
For over a decade, they have been working together, exploring the
relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters,
masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably
arise from theses encounters.
Adaptation or death: resilience of the prehistoric hominids
The survival of our ancestors, different groups of hominids, was
a result of their reactivity and flexibility towards climate changes.
Here is an optimistic view relying on prehistoric proofs on our
potential for survival in the era of the Anthropocene.
Marie-Hélène Moncel is a director of research at
the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National
Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements,
the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the
Silaup uqquusivallianinga - the right to coldness! Inuit confronted
with global warming (FR)
Inuit are directly affected by the decrease in sea ice that constitutes
their hunting ground. Hunting and fishing techniques are abandoned.
The transmission of traditional knowledge becomes difficult. How
do they adapt?
Sylvie Teveny, an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language
at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations
(l'inalco), led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic.
For more than fifteen years, she has
been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit
cultural center of Paris.
Who will we be? A guided tour to the future of Humankind
Evelyne Heyer introduces and discusses the newly remade permanent
exhibition of the Musée de l'Homme in the light of the Anthropocene.
Evelyne Heyer is a professor of anthropological genetics at the
National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction
between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides
her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the
renovated Musée de l’Homme.
What is it about the Anthropocene anyway? Implications and potentials
of a hybrid concept (FR, EN)
The debate about the term Anthropocene and its implications takes
place in many different conversations, arouses strong emotions,
and leads to many (mis)understandings. The concept represents a
big challenge, but also a great opportunity.
Catherine Larrère is an emeritus professor at the University
of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy.
She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with
the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president
of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).
Which Anthropo(s)cene are we talking about? (FR, PT)
Two ways of speaking, two ways of writing or rather two currents
of thought – at the crossroad, the intersection, in contradiction
or opposition with the human – about this vast universe where
the Earth is a mere planet in the galaxy of the cosmic suburbs.
Catitu Tayassu is an Afro-American-Indian originating from Brazil.
She studied education sciences and holds a PhD in history, cultural
history and anthropology. She is a research
fellow at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
The catastrophe and the catastrophic - a critique of apocalyptic
How to counter "climate indolence"? For Yoann Moreau,
climate change and cultural change are inseparably linked, and catastrophes
bear a great potential for a radical reform. But rather than taking
them seriously, we keep on playing on the catastrophic: an end-of-the-worldism
that is good to sell but of no consequence.
Yoann Moreau is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school
of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary
Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields
of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study
of environments (mesology), he did some
field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.
Bot or not? (FR)
Bots are the "shadow army" of the Internet. These autonomous
agents index information on the web, edit Wikipedia articles, find
the best deals, gather in online games, but can also manipulate
opinions and provoke crashes. What is this new species that lives
with us in the techno-natural world that is the anthropocene?
Marie Lechner is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and
bot-anist in the collective academic and
artistic research project "Média Mediums".
A retelling of Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds
This novel tells the story of a village that is built on clouds.
The protagonist Tristam and his best friend will have to travel
the sky in order to understand how the weather works and prevent
the Lord of the Kingdom of Clouds from turning the Earth’s
climate into a weapon of war.
Judith Boon is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading and may want to
become a doctor.
Christophe Galfard, the author, holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics.
He worked on black holes and the origins of the universe before
writing award winning children's novels.
Nils Holgersson: From the sky on the anthropocene(FR)
In order to be able to tell the (his)story of the nature and culture
of Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf shrunk her hero to the size of a
dwarf, and expanded his vision by putting him on the back of a goose.
Using a deck of cards with text excerpts and illustrations, Rachel
Easterman-Ulmann retells key passages and ideas of the world-famous
Rachel Easterman-Ulmann is a visual artist and writer. Her videos,
installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in
the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working
on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent
des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots),
that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.
Alice in the Anthropocene (FR)
By retelling stories of the world-famous book Alice in Wonderland
in the light of the Anthropocene, Émilie Notéris proposes
to rescale Earth perception and feelings through the lens of analytical
Émilie Notéris is a text worker living in Paris.
Currently, she is preparing a book about feminism, science fiction
and queer theory and working on the translation of a
collection of ecofeminists' texts for Cambourakis editions.
Are we all equal in the ecological crisis? Environmental inequalities
in France and elsewhere (FR, EN, ESP)
Which areas of the city face the highest grade of air pollution?
Where will the refuse incinerator and the recycling plant be erected
and why? Razmig Keucheyan takes you on a tour of climate inequalities
and racism, starting at home.
Razmig Keucheyan is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer
at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between
ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly
publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers
such as Liberation or The Guardian.
Success in the fight against climate change is possible: how can
the most vulnerable ones tell us this story? (FR)
How to fulfil one’s personal life in a world that has started
to change course after successful climate negotiations? Vaia Tuuhia
discusses the possibility of actions to enable also the most vulnerable
ones - the poor and those living in remote areas – to master
their own destiny.
Vaia Tuuhia, who has French Polynesian origins, is the managing
director of the association 4D that operates within institutions,
at an international and local level, with
the aim to foster collective solutions to climate negotiations,
territorial practices and civic movements.
The Art of imagining the future: a futurologist's approach
The future is already there, we just don't see it yet. Matthieu
Baudin guides us so we can project ourselves in 2040 - a time close
enough that most of us will probably still be here, and far enough
to expect major changes.
Mathieu Baudin is an historian and futurologist, CEO of the Institute
for Desirable Futures, Paris. Accompanied by a team of a hundred
experts and artists, he organizes and conducts intellectual explorations
aiming to achieve a better navigation and projection into the future.
No Title, 2015 (FR, EN)
The animation film No Title, especially made for this Blackmarket,
questions the philosophy of Earthlings in relation to their natural
and built environment. Its screening leads to a telephone conversation
with Yona Friedman.
Since the middle of the twentieth century, Yona Friedman, architect
and visionary artist, has been developing his concept of a “mobile
architecture”, according to which dwellings and urban planning
have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of
architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.
As though its body were by love possessed: speculative organology
design for sensualizing consciousness (EN)
How can we (re)learn how to feel? Presenting fictional design materials
from his on-going science-fiction research project “Mountgrove”,
Ashkan Sepahvand speculates on how the pleasure-imagination industry
aims to produce the future of the species vis-à-vis a range
of theoretical “sex toys”.
Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, editor, and researcher based in Berlin.
His current work engages with celebration cultures, labor and leisure,
the future of capital and the ecstasy of becoming human. From 2012
to 2014, he was a Research Fellow for
The Anthropocene Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Seloua Luste Boulbina
Having a monkey on your back (body, race and racialization)
In the not-so-far beginnings of Western modern society, the anatomy
of the white body entered science and the anatomy of the black body
entered the cabinet of curiosities. Talking about hair and skin
as signifiers of a constructed difference, Seloua Luste Boulbina
wonders how far we have come in terms of decolonizing our perceptions.
Seloua Luste Boulbina is a French-Algerian philosopher, director
of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège
international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory
of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.
Anthropocapitalocene - colonial politics of our times (FR,
The "longue durée" of the Anthropocene includes
the colonial period, with its mobilization and exploitation of resources
– raw materials, plants, animals, slaves – on a large,
global scale. Françoise Vergès wonders how we can
overcome this colonial heritage still very much alive in the euro-centrism
of today's environmental politics.
Françoise Vergès is an author and political scientist,
holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège
d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists
and filmmakers on the figure of the repressed
The politics of design and space: All around our bodies
Architecture is a discipline that organizes bodies in space. Bodies
are material assemblages that interact with other material assemblages.
In the light of the Anthropocene, we need to establish new ethical
relationships. To find out where they could begin, Lambert offers
an exercise in hyper-localized thinking.
Léopold Lambert is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief
of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work,
featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design,
architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.
Architecture and climate: the construction of atmospheres
What if different parameters of climate were taken as architectural
building blocks? If radiation, conduction, convection, pressure,
evaporation and digestion were seen as elements for the design of
our living spaces? Philippe Rahm extends the field of architecture
from the physiological to the meteorological.
Philippe Rahm has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris
since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at
the National School of Architecture in Versailles.
Biomimetism – innovation inspired by and for nature
How will humans cope with the changing conditions of the world?
Kalina Raskin introduces bio-inspiration as a way to rethink our
relations to the world, to reconnect ourselves to the biosphere
and to reinvent society and technology by imitating the evolutionary
processes of nature.
Kalina Raskin is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist
in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European
center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration,
a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of
this new discipline.
At the Musée de l’Homme, the universal man vanishes
in the light of Donna Haraway’s writings (FR)
From cyberfeminism to animal studies, to critical readings of the
Anthropocene – the American theoretician of science Donna
Haraway is one of today's most important thinkers, with a radically
new take on nature, culture, and technology. Nathalie Magnan invites
us to discuss with her some of Haraway's key terms and concepts.
Nathalie Magnan, media theorist, feminist, and professor at the
École nationale supèrieure d'art de
Bourges, has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced
her thinking in France.
Ingrid Paola Amaro
Your garden is my soil (FR, ES)
Whether you refer to plants as nature or as culture is a matter
of perspective. Ingrid Paola Amaro invites you to take a stroll
in the garden and to perceive its soil in another way - like layers
of our story, of our community.
Ingrid Paola Amaro is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape
architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques
of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention
Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform
for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.
How come the Vatican calls the Earth "Our Sister"?
Most older cultures and religions referred to Earth as Mother (an
animist tradition vivid until today in our everyday language). Monotheism
established a rather distant relationship to the Earth as a whole,
concentrating more on its creatures and their relations to humans.
But this seems to have changed with the latest encyclical of pope
Francis Laudato si’.
Bruno Latour is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist,
director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program
"Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His
current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences
sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published
at La Découverte.
Are we part of Nature? Challenges from the tree of life (FR)
Since the days of Lamarck, we have been accustomed to models of
evolution in the shape of trees, that imply a development from "lower"
to "higher" forms. How can we think evolution in a different
Guillaume Lecointre is a biologist and systematist, director of
the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at
the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. He is especially
interested in methodological, epistemological
and pedagogical issues of species classifications.
The capital market is part of the problem but also part of the solution
Moral forces and radical, alternative lifestyles are an important
part of the ecological movement, but they won't be sufficient. Drawing
on his experience as an economist and bank manager, Pierre Ducret
is convinced that we also need to rely on finance, industry and
competition if we want to move the masses and change the world.
Pierre Ducret is a special advisor for climate change and COP21
of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute
for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to
sustainable development, he works on ways to
shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.
From compassion to love, a spiritual path to vegetarianism (FR)
Sufism encourages compassion, love for the other and humbleness.
Vegetarianism can be seen as an act of compassion towards the animals.
How is it possible to change habits within a religious community,
but also for the generations to come?
Nadim Ghodbane is an ecology activist who has taken part in several
ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first
Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the
Is health allowed to be natural? Amateur knowledge on food and preventive
healthcare (FR, IT, ES, FA)
Hardly any field of our daily lives is as strictly guarded and
governed by experts as health. The struggle between modern Western
medicine and alternative forms of medicine is a cultural battleground.
Anahita Grisoni is a sociologist and urban planner associated to
the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé"
in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the
construction of political ecology.
The contingency of cheese - goat milk, metabolic processes and matter
in flux (FR, EN, ES)
A storm traumatizes the goats of a region of France, causing a
disease that makes their digestive systems black and that is passed
on to the next generation. How does this affect the quality of their
milk? And how can we deal with a goat's psychosomatic disorder?
Jennifer Teets is a researcher, curator and performer based in
Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata
– their transitioning towards materiality
and entity and their ability to become something else when put in
an exhibition or an essay.
A Political History of “Spaceship Earth”: from Cold
War to geoengineering (FR, EN, DE)
The beauty and vulnerability of the Earth as it is drifting through
space have always been emphasized by those who have seen it from
outer space. Back on earth, this image carries an additional set
of meanings: power, control and manageability.
Sebastian Grevsmühl is a researcher in science and environmental
history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in
the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds
that the metaphorical reimagining of our
planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility
to the environmental movement.
Indigenous people in the world and their right to maintain their
living cultures (FR, EN, ES)
Irène Bellier starts with a set of photos from her field
researches and work sessions at the UN, showing delegates of indigenous
people from all over the world, that look very traditional and very
modern at the same time. Could they serve as role models for the
future development of our modern societies?
Irène Bellier is a political anthropologist and research
director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s
movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified
a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right
to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.
Same land, different countries: Aboriginal organization and colonial
constraints (FR, EN)
By showing two very different maps of Australia, Martin Préaud
demonstrates how Western land and property rights have been imposed
on a territory traditionally organized through a completely different
conception of the relation between land and people.
Martin Préaud is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher
at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and
Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school
for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University.
His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements
of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.
Towards an anthropocene of possiblities: environment and tribal
traditions (FR, PT)
Can the American-Indian Shinan from the Amazone, as a way of life,
exist in the anthropocene? Yes? No? Yes and no? Yes or no? And if
so, why and what for?
The Tree of Life of Catitu Tayassu includes performing therapeutic
care and the creation of a collective initiative
for replanting seeds and the cultivation of trees (Green Consciousness).
The dead reach fulfilment by forcing those who remain to take care
of those who follow (FR)
How do we maintain relationships with the dead? Vinciane Despret
investigates how people maintain often inventive relationships with
their dead, and how human sciences try to theorize, often less inventively,
Vinciane Despret is a philosopher and researcher at the University
of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on
animals issues and relationships with the dead.
Icelandic heritage: cohabitation with nature and its invisible beings
(FR, EN, IS)
In Iceland, cohabiting with a wild and ever-changing nature has
always been the key to survival. The inhabitants of Iceland have
managed to preserve the respect and understanding of the invisible
world within nature, its various beings and their well-being.
Sigrún Úlfarsdóttir is
a fashion designer. She lives and works between Paris and Reykjavik.
What do we need a space program? (FR, EN, IT)
Why do we continue to send astronauts on space missions when almost
all the work actually is or could be done by computers? Why don't
we replace them by dogs or rats? Heretical reflection from an insider.
Silvia Casalino is a space engineer and film director. She has
been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES
(Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001.
At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist
space documentary that premiered in 2011.
Conceptual exercise in dismantling the Earth. (FR, EN)
What would become of us if we truly left the Earth, without ever
coming back? Using this speculation as a starting point, Fabien
Giraud seeks to overcome a conception of the anthropocene that projects
yet another set of anthropomorphisms on our environments and possible
futures. He introduces to a type of thought commited to the double
task of continuously dismantling and reconstructing itself.
Fabien Giraud is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series
of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human
history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass
Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis
The meaning of life: from microcosm to macrocosms (orthogenesis
and extropy) (FR)
Yann Minh holds that, despite the severety of our environmental
situation, humanity continues a process that life itself has embarked
on since its very beginnings. A process that stretches from microcosm
to macrocosm to eventually reach the stars and diffuse in order
to secure its longevity..
Since 2003, Yann Minh has been developing a work of net-art: the
NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history
and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads
out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into
Hervé Le Bras
Myths of migration. A demographer's view on discourses of climate
change (FR, EN)
How does migration impact on societies? This question has become
very acute and will probably stay so, not only because of post-colonial
developments or hostilities motivated by religion, but also in regard
of climate change. Hervé Le Bras knows the numbers behind
the emotionalized public debates.
Hervé Le Bras is a demographer, an historian and a research
director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies
(INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He
is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration
who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote
the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.
Invasive or companion insect? About the ladybird and the notion
of invasive migrants (FR, EN)
Plants and animals that spread into new territories, as a collateral
effect of global commerce and transport, are commonly referred to
as invasive species. Romain Nattier questions this notion and prefers
to talk about a change in distribution patterns due to human activities.
Romain Nattier is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at
the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses
on the origins and structures of biological
diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification
of European species of ladybirds.
From the ozone hole to climate change – resemblances, differences,
and interactions between two global environmental problems caused
by human activities (FR, EN)
In the fight against the ozone hole, ozone destroying gases have
been replaced by less destroying ones. But both have an impact on
climate. Sophie Godin-Beekmann introduces us to the complex processes
in the atmosphere.
Sophie Godin-Beekmann is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS.
Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate,
she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation
and health problems.
Lessons from a marine flatworm (FR, EN, IT)
Symsagittifera roscoffensis is a marine flatworm capable of regenerating
its brain that lives in photosymbiosis with a microalgae, responsible
for its fluorescent green color. We can learn a lot from this small
animal and Xavier Bailly, who has spent years in close relationship
with it, can tell us a few things about it.
Xavier Bailly is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station
and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life
cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular
genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.
Obtaining the big through the very small. The operators at CERN
between particles and cosmos (FR, EN)
The notion of field in ethnographic research is usually used to
talk about social environments. Sophie Houdart's research at the
CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research) focuses on fields of
particles and how scientists are struggling with very very small
in order to get answers for the biggest questions: the beginning
of the universe, life and everything.
Sophie Houdart is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and
is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology
(LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change
of scales in knowledge practices, she led
an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.
Mutual benefits between organisms: the ecology of symbioses
(FR, DE, EN)
Germs are team players, one could say. They enable interspecies
collaboration. What is the symbiosis between species, where organisms
of different species are reciprocally helping each other? How are
microbes necessary for survival of plants and animals, including
Marc-André Selosse is a microbiologist and a professor at
the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of
Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His
research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.
The making of the Anthropocene – on the construction of a
new era (EN, IT, GE)
How do you film an abstract, largely invisible phenomenon? By showing
footage of his epochal filmic research work Anthropocene Observatory,
Armin Linke introduces people and places that constitute the networks
that are shaping the Anthropocene.
Armin Linke is a photographer and filmmaker, and a professor at
the Karlsruhe College for Art and Design (HfG). Since 2013, he has
been working on the ongoing collaborative project "Anthropocene
Observatory". In 2015, he and his students from HfG documented
the "Make it work"-event in Vincennes, a pre-enactment
of the COP 21 negotiations.
Speaking in the name of birds, concrete slabs, climate – narrating
networks from a non-human perspective (FR, EN)
How do you give a voice to non-human agents? How do you make their
concerns audible, readable, visible? Starting from case studies
of his own work, Axel Meunier describes his method of mapping/performing
networks from a plural perspective.
Axel Meunier is a social scientist working as a cartographer of
controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological
performer. He is interested in how we live
and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers
New Mexico 1945, Trinity and White Sands Missile Range: "red"
science, MacCarthyism, and the birth of the military-industrial
The first successful nuclear tests in the desert of New Mexico
are widely considered as the starting point of the Anthropocene.
In 1945, liberal and "communist" scientists who had dominated
the U.S. nuclear program during the war were replaced. What would
have happened if they stayed?
Ewen Chardronnet is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia
artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he
is a permanent member of the pilot committee
at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened
in Slovenia in 2012.
Contingency: Spatial practices and world in upheaval (FR,
With a focus on fossile resource zones in the city of Baku and
the Caspian sea, Annick Labeca draws a map of operational territories
destined to generate financial and economic profit. Can architecture
and design remedy the dramatic consequences of natural resource
Annick Labeca is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is
currently working on a research project about the role of architecture
and urban planning in the emergence of territories
used for the extraction of natural resources.
Plastics: fascinating alchemy or intimate enemy – the ambivalence
of a hypermodern material (FR)
Plastic, once hailed for its cheapness and almost endless malleability,
has become the symbol of humanity's alienation from nature. What
can we still learn from modernity's most contradictory material?
Florence Hachez-Leroy is a historian of materials and technologies,
attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris).
In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies
on economic history, science and technology
with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.
- with ANIMALS
Biodiversity and Ethics: global issues through the perspective of
insects (FR, EN)
The biased point of view of insect species is the point of departure
for a reflection about the necessity to preserve biodiversity on
a global scale and to invent new methods and rules for sharing information
Philippe Grandcolas is a director of research at the CNRS, at the
Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary
systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global
South and particularly on the life of insect species.
Autodomestication: Immaterial labor of household pets (EN,
Krõõt Juurak's performances question the relationships
between pets and humans. She is convinced that we, as human beings,
have to act differently in order to develop relationships with our
companionship species that neither consist in projecting ourselves
onto them nor treating them as mere machines for feeding and caressing.
Krõõt Juurak is an artist and performer for human
and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication",
a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and
working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.
Keeping one’s distance to understand and respect their privacy
- field research with chimpanzees (FR, EN)
Chimpanzees medicate themselves and display an astounding knowledge
of their vegetation. In her fieldwork, Sabrina Krief realized that
if we want to learn from them and not endanger one another, we have
to keep our distance and maintain a form of mutual respect.
Sabrina Krief was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer
at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years,
she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in
Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience
endangered by human activities.
Maja Smrekar and Lord Byron
K-9 Topology: on emotional economy in the parallel evolution of
wolves, humans and dogs (EN, SL)
For humans, domestic animals are the closest extension to nature.
30.000 years of human cohabitation with the wolves have affected
the behavior and communication patterns of both parties and generated
multiple diseases. What can we expect of this interrelation in our
Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between
Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of
perception and the concept of life.
Lord Byron is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed
an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced
obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in
a sport called "Rally Obedience".
Maja Smrekar and Lord Byron have been collaborating
on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.
– with NATURE
Jean Paul Guevara
Defensoria de la Madre Tierra – the new state of Bolivia and
its advocacy for Mother Earth (FR, EN, ES)
In 2009, Bolivia changed its constitution, implementing the rights
and languages of indigenous peoples and of Pachamama (Mother Earth).
So far, how did this reform manifest itself concretely? How can
the notion of Mother Earth and Western modern civilization go together?
Trained in political sciences, Jean Paul Guevara, has been the
ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since
Tell me your (cultural) story and I will be your (natural) historian
Grégory Quenet focuses on the question of how to write a
"total history" that includes narrations of events, personal
stories and environmental data. How can we integrate nature into
Grégory Quenet is an environmental historian and professor
at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Focusing
on the early modern period, he explores how nature (earthquakes
in France) is full of human history, and how human history (the
palace of Versailles) is full of nature.
Where did we hide our nature? (FR, EN, ES, HU)
Although the talk about climate change and possible catastrophic
futures is everywhere, it is difficult to personally relate to it.
How can we make ourselves accept the urgency of the situation and
apply it to our daily lives?
Annamaria Lammel is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural
psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes
in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations
Transhumanism & the Anthropocene: Is it acceptable that the
dam determines the fate of the river? (FR, PT)
A reflection to help the powers of the rivers reach beyond the
dams, while we think, for example, about issues related to climate
and consciousness, biodiversity and transhumanism, artificial intelligence
and the Anthropocene, the technological age and the reconvertion
of human nature...
Catitu Tayassu is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the
association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For
life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist
and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance
des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").
– with PLANTS
In spite of their resilience, mangroves are severely threatened
by human activities and climate change (FR, EN)
It is not the mangrove alone that has to be regarded, but its entire
ecosystem. This tree, capable of resisting saline water, belongs
to one of the most adaptive species. However, it is being rapidly
Tarik Meziane is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology
of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural
History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal
ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization
and aquaculture on mangrove forests.
How to think the open being – topological aliens in the garden
What is the specificity of the plant? Sylvie Pouteau questions
the closing gestures heaped on plant life in environments that are
more and more artificialized. Plant life-forms impact the whole
make-up of the planet. A new ethical approach is needed to raise
moral awareness of the unthinkable plant.
Sylvie Pouteau is a biologist working for the National Research
Institute for Agriculture (INRA) in Versailles. She has conducted
research in plant biology for fifteen years
and has recently turned her interest to plant ethics.
Catch me, if you can! - time, politics, and the (im)possibility
to be a disobedient scholar in the university system (EN,
The production of different temporal realities - of range, speed,
up-to-dateness - has been an effective and most common tool in the
hands of colonial politics. Nana Adusei-Poku argues that this legacy
lives on in today's time lag between postcolonial theorization and
the curricula of schools and universities.
Nana Adusei-Poku is an art theorist and research professor in cultural
diversity at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Having
researched extensively on “Post-Black” Art, she recently
curated the show No Humans Involved by the multidisciplinaryartist
collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? at Witte de With Center, Rotterdam.
Dancing on the Silos: sorceresses and cyborgs in the ecofeminist
What is ecofeminism? Isabelle Cambourakis retells some of the actions
and struggles of the 1980’s in the U.S. and in Britain and
talks about the political (re-)invention of figures such as the
sorceress and the cyborg in order to find out what ecofeminism could
be in France today.
Isabelle Cambourakis is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis
publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières.
In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology
and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s.
Rescue ancestral values to reactivate the pacific environmental
challenge (ES, Rapa Nui)
Hugo Teave, director of the Rapa Nui ancestral territory administration
and representative for Easter Island at the COP21, tells stories
from one of the most remote inhabited islands of the world, linking
the famous monumental statues, the moais, and the aims of the Pacific
Indigenous Climate Delegation.
As a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament, Hugo Teave takes part in
the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective
and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological
and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.
What is the place of Man in the biosphere? (EN)
Sea Shepherd acts in the interest of mankind as a whole: to survive
as a species, men must preserve biodiversity. This is a lesson in
humbleness: against an anthropocentric view, man must relearn to
see himself as one element among others.
Paul Watson is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of
the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has
been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea
Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin
tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.
Patrick De Wever
The Anthropocene: danger of a temporal confusion (FR)
As a geologist, Patrick De Wever is troubled by the introduction
of the Anthropocene as a new geological era since it by far exaggerates
the scope of human agency: What is considered a long period in human
time scale is not much more than an instant in Earth time.
Patrick De Wever is a geologist and a professor at the National
Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about
geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination
of science and protection of the geological heritage at national
and international levels.
Short term economies, deep time epistemologies - narratives of a
drill core (EN, DE)
Drilling for oil produces a "contaminated knowledge"
worth billions of petrodollars but also of invaluable worth for
paleontologists and geohistorians. Benjamin Steininger offers to
read out the incommensurable stories of a drill core he brought
Benjamin Steininger is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition
organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history
of acceleration and the history and theory
of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and
On the edge: resilience, tipping points and unexpected responses
of ecosystems (FR, EN)
How will ecosystems cope with the ongoing global changes? What
will tomorrow’s ecosystems look like?
Sonia Kéfi is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute
of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her
work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent
The city, a new experimentation ground for rural agriculture
Urban farmers move their livestock from public ground to public
ground, grow fruits and vegetables under extremely dense conditions
and experiment on new and old food production techniques. Guillaume
Leterrier, founding member of Les Berger Urbains, explains why the
city has become attractive for farming.
Guillaume Leterrier is a territorial developer in social economy,
a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques
in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association
Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.
Pastoralism and transhumance: keeping the age-old legacy of shepherding
alive (FR, EN)
Shepherd cultures, changing locations to answer the needs of their
animals, and the legacy of pastoralism, have been pushed to the
margins by agronomic development and industrialization. Stéphane
Verlet-Bottéro wants to reactivate their knowledge on living
in an intimate relationship with nature and use it for our present
Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is an independent environmental
engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a
movement for the preservation of pastoralism
that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and
federations from seventeen European countries.
Wolves in the Anthropocene: redefining wildness in a humanized world
For centuries, European civilizations strove to colonize all remaining
wildernesses. Recently, new wilderness zones have started to emerge
in the European heartlands. And in them, wild animals are returning
– with an amount of unpredictability that needs to be managed.
Patrick Degeorges is a philosopher working for the French Ministry
of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of
the "Portail des humanités environnementales",
he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations"
on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.
Pastoralism and predators in the 21st century (EN, IT)
Due to rural depopulation and environmental politics, the beauty
– and the perils – of wild areas have been returning
to Europe. Nora Kravis tells about a situation that is as archaic
as it is the result of modern circumstances.
Originally trained at an art school, Nora Kravis moved from Long
Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life.
Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is
the first livestock owner in Europe to use
Humans vs. Aliens – the Anthropocene and the decolonization
of other(ed) universes (FR, EN)
Who will be excluded from the Anthropocene? So far, the reiteration
of discriminating principles and categorizations according to nationality,
religion, race, gender or sexual preferences has not been effectively
prevented by identity politics or the multiplication of categories.
One wonders whether it is even possible to radically decolonize
Based in Paris, Jamika Ajalon is an inter-disciplinary artist who
creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge
dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much
of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power
of the margins.
Ecosomatic practices: how to listen to the environment through the
body (FR, EN)
What is the somatic body? It means potential, diversity, reciprocity
– an ecosystem in the process of becoming. Joanne Clavel introduces
us to somatic practices that develop a new model of the human body
referred to as the Ecosoma.
Joanne Clavel is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National
Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and
a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between
art and ecology.
Despair and the workshop of empowerment: personal training for an
ecofeminist future (FR)
This "ecopsychological" exercise should help us learn
to talk together about our emotions which are the products of our
present dark times (fear, anger, despair, indifference, expectation,
stress). It allows us to remain humans and become even more human.
Emilie Hache is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre
University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling
and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation
between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.
Liza Japelj Carone
Love-declaration to the Earth through a practice of Gaya touch
The Earth is a living cosmic being, and art is a language that
can interact with different forms of consciousness in nature. Liza
Japelj Carone gives us some exercises to reach Earth consciousness,
through gestures and movements that can be done with hands and imagination.
Liza Japelj Carone is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy
of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France,
as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms
and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogacnik during a two-year training
conducted by the Slovenian artist.