In the light of current times, the Foundation is broadening its field of exploration to include ecological issues through a series of online and live conversations “Word of Makers: facing the ecological crisis”. Artists, scientists and searchers are invited to question today’s world and create new narratives to draw more desirable futures:
– Which commitment and responsibility do the artist and the philosopher have regarding this crisis?
– How are artistic and writing practices impacted? Which behaviour should individually and collectively be implemented?
– What new way to produce and display art while public engagement becomes increasingly immaterial?
– Which vision and creativeness to be impulsed for reinventing tomorrow’s world?
Themes: Generating new narratives towards desirable imaginaries / Upcycling – reuse of materials, in the fields of visual arts, design and architecture to face the depletion of resources / Bio-sourced materials (raw earth) / The notion of risk / Temporary occupation project / How do these crises allow for the creation of new opportunities in creation / Building a collective intelligence in the service of sustainable innovation / Calling on young generations to stimulate their curiosity about the world
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens : Une brève histoire de l’humanité (Albin Michel, 2015)
Baptiste Morizot, Manières d’être vivants (Actes Sud, 2020)
Cyril Dion, Animal (sortie septembre 2021)
Bruno Latour, Où suis-je ? Leçons du confinement à l’usage des terrestres (Les Empêcheurs de penser en rond, 2021)
Prune Nourry lives and works in New York. She is interested in the fields of science and anthropology, particularly bioethical questions relating to gender selection and the artificial evolution of humankind. She explores these issues with an artistic approach that combines sculpture, installations, performances and video. Over the last few years, the artist has gained recognition for her long-term projects, such as the Terracotta Daughters army, inspired by the Xi’an terracotta warriors. The piece travelled the world between 2013 and 2015, from Paris to China and taking in Zurich, New York and Mexico City. Prune Nourry is represented by Galerie Templon in Paris and Brussels.
Nicola Delon is an architect, graduated from Paris la Villette School of Architecture and co-founder of the “Encore Heureux” collective. At the crossroads of types and equipped with a lucid and critical enthusiasm, the collective imagines solutions to inhabit the complexity of the world around major axes: going beyond specializations, cultivating one’s desire, causing the unexpected, foreseeing the future. Their researches encourage an autonomous architecture that establishes spaces of freedom where alternatives are sought. In Mongolia, they imagined dwellings able to resist extreme cold. In 2018, they curated and designed the scenography for the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, while at the same time they created a temporary occupation project at the Caserna Guglielmo Pepe for multidisciplinary residences. They are currently working on the construction of a high school for building trades in Mayotte, using exclusively bio-sourced materials, that should open in 2023.
Ramy Fischler, a Belgian designer based in Paris, has developed an eclectic creative practice. He is graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle ENSCI-Les Ateliers, and laureate of the Académie de France in Rome in 2010. He joined the Villa Médicis where he considered, in situ, how visitors and artists are received within this legendary place, and became interested in the history of furniture and their association with power. Research that gave rise to several exhibitions in Italy and Paris. Fascinated by the tension between history, space and furniture, Ramy Fischler created his own agency, RF Studio, in 2011. Among his most recent projects, the Twitter France headquarter, the National Gallery Café in London and the community kitchen restaurant Refettorio Paris in collaboration with the artist JR and Encore Heureux architect. In 2018, Ramy Fischler is named designer of the year of Maison&Objet.
Prune Nourry, Nicola Delon and Ramy Fischler has been collaborating for several years around the exploration and use of “clean” and innovative materials to produce art, in particular clay and recycled concrete. Invited during this conversation, they will share the fruits of their research, which contribute to redefining the status of the artwork and its integration within the environment which it is a part of.