On the occasion of the ISEA 2023 Symposium “Symbiosis” that it co-organizes, École des Arts Décoratifs hosts an exhibition.
Aiming to think simultaneously about spirituality, technology and living together, the exhibition is made of contemplative installations in different modalities, from interactivity to meditation.
The Altars for Cosmic Talismans by Lucile Olympe Haute (artist-researcher associate to EnsadLab, ISEA2023 laureate artist) compose a space of recollection of the different facets of the same life form. The staged discs can be approached as material experiments, waste from a drink production or ritual objects. They invite us to question what we believe in, our collective values and their influence on our relationship to the world, the ways we collaborate with, care for, cultivate or exploit other living things.
The installation-play Spectral Plain by Guillemette Legrand (student-researcher EnsadLab) and Vincent Thornhill (both ISEA2023 laureate artists) proposes to immerse oneself in a world that has undergone a geomagnetic reversal, in search of a new energy alignment. The journey ends around a campfire, around which the representation of a multi-species energy network is built. Spectral Plain is powered by a cosmic radiation sensor and a predictive language model (GPT-3) that was developed from a technical and mythological understanding of electromagnetic energy.
The exhibition gives rise to several activations: visits in the presence of the artists, Cyberwitches Coven performance (bilingual), Cosmogonic Tours in Spectral Plain performance, discussion “Penser-rêver à l’École des arts décos, réinventer nos relations” by Eugénie Zuccarelli (in French). This exhibition is supported by EnsadLab and the University of Nîmes.
🕒 Tuesday May 16th, 17-21h — Vernissage in the presence of the artists + performance Cyberwitches Coven (FR/EN)
🕒 Wednesday May 17th, 18-20h — “Penser-rêver à l’École des arts décos, réinventer nos relations” (discussion, FR) + visit in the presence of the artists
🕒 Friday May 19th, 17-19h — Performance Cosmogonic Tours in Spectral Plain + visit in the presence of the artists
📍 École des Arts Décoratifs (rotonde Rosa Bonheur), 31 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris
Visit the exhibition by appointment on May 17&19th 📧
Free access for Ensad’s students, teachers and staff.
👨👦👦 Curator: Lucile Olympe Haute. Facilitator: Eugénie Zuccarelli
📷 Cosmic Talisman, Lucile Olympe Haute
📷 Spectral Plain, Guillemette Legrand and Vincent Thornhill (photo: Max Kneefel)
Spectral Plain, Guillemette Legrand and Vincent Thornhill, in collaboration with Isaac Clarke, Zach Furniss, Mārcis Lapiņš, Filip Setmanuk, and Jim Zweerts. Supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, V2_Lab for the Unstable Media and Stimuleringsfonds and Cultuur Eindhoven.
Altar for Cosmic Talismans, Lucile Olympe Haute. Stage designer: Olivier Lellouche. Thanks to Mial Watkins. Cultivation of the big Cosmic Talismans with Jeanne Mainetti. Supported by Coalition Cyborg and Université de Nîmes.
Selection of thesis and projects from École des arts déco: Eugénie Zuccarelli
Steward: Christophe Pornay (EnsadLab)