possible futures

June 9, 2023
possible futures

The Festival of Transitions at the Château de Goutelas
Meetings - Debates - Workshops - Exhibitions - Shows - Open-air cinema - Meals & parties - Temporary bookshop

The ecological and forward-looking festival at the Château de Goutelas is back for a second edition dedicated to the soil, the "critical zone" that generates life on earth in all its diversity.
Hitherto regarded as a space to be occupied and exploited by humans alone, the soil, nourishing and fragile, must now be seen as a common good to be managed and shared with all living things.
Scientists, thinkers, artists, farmers and citizens: let's get together in Goutelas to take a new direction, to imagine together future "earth alliances"!

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Listening to soil and trees, Tuileries garden, June 3rd and 4th

June 3, 2023
Listening to soil and trees, Tuileries garden, June 3rd and 4th

In the Tuileries Gardens, Paris

Using a microphone used in bioacoustics, go and meet the tree, its bark, touch the leaves and plants to hear the sounds live.
touch the leaves and plants to hear the amplified sounds of different textures
of the different textures. Sensual contact is heightened by the rich
The sensual contact is heightened by the rich, unexpected sounds of the living matter revealed beneath our fingers.
With a pair of binaural microphones, listen to the wider natural environment: birds, pollinators, but also human activity. It's like being equipped with super-ears.
Soil is not a simple, inert material; it is a complex, living world in itself.
living world. A healthy soil is a soil full of life, and therefore noisy!
With a sensor designed by a technician in the NeuroPsi biacoustics team
NeuroPsi's biacoustics team, I propose to be able to listen live to the activity of the soil's mega and mesofauna in a very non-intrusive way.

Do trees dream of CO2 ? Kuntsi museum, Vaasa, Finland

May 19, 2023
Do trees dream of CO2 ? Kuntsi museum, Vaasa, Finland

The artists Karine Bonneval and Per Hüttner  are in Ostrobothnia to experiment with the signals they receive from the trees and how they can be used to create interesting sounds in real time.
The work thus provides a platform for interaction between humans and trees. The artists start from the premise that biological research has recently learned how plants perceive the world and solve problems. In this context, 'perceiving the world' means that a plant perceives changes in its environment (for example, light, soil, water and/or heat). Problem solving" means that when a plant's external conditions change, it reacts in a way that increases its chances of survival. The fact that plants absorb information about the environment and can react to changing conditions means that they have a form of internal communication, an internal 'language'.
At the Kuntsi presentation, the artists talk about their work and present the scientific research behind it. The public can see examples of the results they have obtained. Time and space permitting, the public can also try out the technique for themselves.

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April 28, 2023

OMME (MObile Objects and Experimental Music) is a residency during which artists are required to work on the mobile, shadow theatre or sound.
At the end of the residency, the artists Karine Bonneval, Zabo Chabiland, Loran Jacob and Diego Tampanelli will present their work on the theme "soil".

Opening on Friday 28 April at the Saint Jacques de Clohars Carnoët chapel.
Exhibition until May 29th.


From performance to microperformativity

April 13, 2023
From performance to microperformativity

Performance, art & science workshop symposium.

The concept of microperformativity denotes the current trend in performance art to destabilise the usually dominant place of the human scale. It questions the microscopic world and its biological and technological agents as new actors of art.

Presentation of Pollen, le sens où tournera la ronde, in collaboration with Jean-Marc Chomaz as part of the project le murmure du bouleau with Nicolas Visez. At the LadHyX of the Ecole Polytechnique.

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Think like a mountain

April 6, 2023
Think like a mountain

"Think like a mountain" will open at the Château de Goutelas and at the Creux de l'enfer . The vernissage will take place in two stages, first in Thiers at 3pm, then in Goutelas at 7pm. The project is curated by Sophie Auger-Grappin and includes work by Karine Bonneval, Marinette Cueco, Laurie Dall'Ava, Léa Devenelle, Minot-Gormezano, Sarah Laaroussi, Bastien Mignot, Astrid Nobel, Jean-Baptiste Perret, Marie Preston, Jérôme Dupeyrat and Laurent Sfar and Marjolaine Turpin.

Y-aura-t-il de la croissance à Noël ?

December 16, 2022
Y-aura-t-il de la croissance à Noël ?

An exhibition - sale of works at low prices at the Petite Fabrique d'Art.

34 rue Édouard Robert, 75012 Paris.

Friday 16 December from 6pm to 8pm
Saturday 17 December from 2pm to 10pm: opening
Sunday 18 December from 2pm to 7pm

Mondes multiples, antre peaux, Bourges

November 18, 2022
Mondes multiples, antre peaux, Bourges

Langue des Bois, alcove for plant oracle. Produced in collaboration with Shoï and INRAe PIAF.

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, from 2pm to 7pm, Houlocène, Antre Peaux, Bourges.

A carpet serves as an alcove for three ficus trees. Installed on this carpet, with their feet symbolically planted on the ground, the spectators can observe the trees' answers to different questions: questions that we want to ask them, about them, about ourselves, about our relationships. The questions make the plants vibrate, with a vibration that is specific to each individual plant and to each question. This shuddering, visible on a screen in front of the carpet, is translated into sound: it is the "answer" of the trees. Enigmatic, the phonemes emitted constitute a language potentially understandable by all living beings. The tree becomes an oracle.

With the support of Ursulab, the DRAC and the Centre Val de Loire Region.

Science festival

October 4, 2022
Science festival

Maison des écologies Université Paris Saclay, 9 October.
With Claire Damesin, ecophysiologist.
From 2 pm, sound walk, rv bat 336 (greenhouse)
At 4.30 pm Dendromacy,  in intimacy with the tree, conference, bat 338, 1st floor

Champs d'expression

October 2, 2022
Champs d'expression

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the unique artistic proposal that is Champ d'expression. Contemporary artists are invited to a farm to live for a while and develop a research and creative work in situ, which stems from this experience. What better place than a farm to invite art to the countryside? What stronger symbol for rurality than the farming world, its activities, its buildings, and the way it shapes our landscape? Every year, farms open their doors to La Fourmi-e, welcoming artists and the public, and participating in this artistic and human adventure. In 2022, the journey from farm to farm will highlight farmers who are taking over or setting up a business at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to hand down farms. Farms, laboratories of mixed lives and shared experiences where the question of an agriculture of the common is raised, intimately linked to the future challenges of our societies. For this 10th edition, 7 artists, 6 farms.

La Fourmi-e goes back to the source of the adventure, where the artistic circuit laid the foundations of its identity, carried then, with determination, by volunteers, farmers and pioneering artists. To honour this early energy, the association decided to invite these artists from the first edition again. 10 years later, 4 out of 6 are back in the adventure, joined by 3 other artists, on new farms.

From 2 to 30 October in Central Brittany, an event called la fourmi-e