STATION 23 - EX SITU & ON LINE - July 1st & 2 2022

Jean-Marc Brodhag, Le terrain d’aventures du Sablon, Metz, 1977-1980

STATION 20 - October 27 & 28 2021
With Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Periphery of the Night, a monograph by Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, deploys an immersive project in the spaces of the IAC where animals and humans, ghosts and forests, and the living and the dead cohabit within drowsy in-between worlds. Receptive to the perceptual and cosmomorphical approaches of the Laboratoire espace cerveau, the artist employs this research framework to develop the questions that drive him and that underpin his attention to reality. 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014

Station 17 - on line - September 25 & 26 2020
A very long Eclipse - A thought experiment around the economy, the game and the limits of both

For Station 17, the Laboratoire has chosen to place the notion of interdependence, the principal basis of its cosmomorphical cycle, to the forefront. The aim here is to consider the decorrelation between the subject and the world that it finds itself in. How can one de-determine the laws that constrain us – death, nature, capitalism – and roll the dice for potential futures? Une très longue Éclipse – a thought experiment around economy, the game and the limits of both is a continuation of the exhibition Infantia (1894-7231) by Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni.Conceived of by the artists along with economist and poet Anne-Sarah Huet and philosopher Anna Longo, this station proposes to play the game of the Unconditioned.

Statère d'or, Lydie, ca 560 - 546 av. J.-C. (Collections du MET Museum) Golden stater, Lydia, circa 560 - 546 BC (MET Museum Collections)

STATION 14 - January 19, 2019
Matter and metabolism

For The Station 14, the space brain Laboratory proposes an exploration at the heart of matter, in light of current research being done in physics, biology, chemistry and geology. It is a question of collectively questioning the processes at play.

Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead, 2017
Ice rink, concrete, logic game; Sand, clay, groundwater; Bacteria, algae, bees, chimeric peacock; Aquarium, black glass blackout ordered, Conus textile; Incubator, human cancer cells; Genetic algorithm; Augmented reality, automated ceiling structure, rain.
© Ola Rindal
Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman, New York; Hauser & Wirth, Londres; Esther Schipper, Berlin; et Chantal Crousel, Paris.

Station 12 - in situ - November 3rd, 2017
Cosmomorphic practices and Asian “milieux”

Within the framework of the Station 12, The Space brain laboratory proposes to re-evaluate our relationship with the environment through concrete practices that are inspired by a desire and will to become part of it. Founded on a vital co-existence of the multiplicity of beings that inhabit the universe, the philosophies of the Far East have found a striking resonance in the face of collective aspirations driven by the Anthropocene. Liberated from the constituting dualism of Western thought, that considers Man and Nature as distinct and separate entities, their unifying principles offer other points of reference, shifting us towards a world that is common to both human and non-human entities.

Agnes Denes, Rice/Tree/Burial with Time Capsule, 1977-79/2017
Commissioned by Artpark, Lewiston, New York, first realized in 1969 and then re-enacted at Artpark from 1977-79
Black and white photography of the performance
Variable Dimensions
Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
© 1969-79 Agnes Denes

Station 9 - ex situ - 2013
Art under the influence and subversions, an expanded consciousness

For Station 9, the space brain Laboratory is invited at La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, on the occasion of the exhibition Sous influences, arts plastiques et psychotropes. This study day deals with the role of hallucinogenic substances on the work of artists, as for example Henri Michaux. (...)

Station 6 - 2011
How the brain invents what we perceive

With Israel Rosenfield one of its invitees, Station 6 looked into the functioning of the brain and the individual's connection with the world. The primary focus was on the phenomena of the construction of the world by the brain (...)

Work under study: Bernard Bazile, Brillances, 2011.

Station 3 - 2010
Towards changed states of awareness

After devoting Station 2 of the space brain Laboratory to the relations between perception and space, the Institut d’art contemporain invited Station 3 participants to share their theoretical proposals concerning the grasp of the real specific to modified states of awareness. (...)

station flash - 2018
station flash

" Cosmopolitiques " ? Station flash of the Space brain laboratory, opens up a new trans-disciplinary exchange which focuses on the political issues raised by the project of a world common to both human and non-human beings, in the time of the Anthropocene.

STATION 22 - EX SITU & ON LINE - June 10 & 11 2022
How to Reclaim the Earth?

The simultaneous ecological and social crises, within our extractive society that is at the end of its tether, has highlighted the interdependence of beings and their surroundings. Faced with the need for new ways of acting and caring for the Earth, can we truly reclaim it? Can the Earth reclaim itself? Or is it the Earth that reclaims us? In the group exhibition Reclaim the Earth curated by Daria de Beauvais at the Palais de Tokyo, artists develop new relationships with the environment, making us aware that we are not only “facing the landscape”, or simply “on Earth,” but are rather "amongst" them, thus causing a shift in a Eurocentric and Anthropocentric vision.

asinnajaq, Rock Piece (Ahuriri Edition), 2018. Courtesy of the artist

Station 19 - on line - May 15 2021
The Night, From Insomnia to a Waking Dream : A Spacetime for Subversion?

 Sleep at night, live during the day: this alternation provides rhythm to most human existences. But, as Anabelle Lacroix’s “Freedom of Sleep” project acknowledges, the porosities that exist between day and night, between waking and sleeping, are multiple and cultural. In a time where sleep time is now counted more than ever, eaten away by the imperative of productivity, by the growing anxiety of our exhausted societies and by the increasing absence of darkness, a need has emerged: how to inhabit the night? And what spaces of subversion, real or imagined, remain open to us?

Black Power Naps, Choir of the Slain (part X), 2019

Station 16 - In and Ex situ - November 22 & 23, 2019
Metamorphosis and contamination, the permanence of change

Entitled Metamorphosis and Contamination, the permanence of change, the Station 16 is dedicated to the study of works from the Lyon Biennale exhibition entitled Là où les eaux se mêlent. This station continues to explore the material, both as a vector and as a product of contamination and metamorphosis. This matter will be probed as a possible paradigm to take note of the porosity and entanglement between the beings of the cosmos and to recompose a cosmomorphic world.

Robert Smithson, Pour Glue, 1970. © Estate Robert Smithson/SODRAC, Montreal/VAGA, New York (2015). Photo: © Holt-Smithson Foundation. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

Station 13 - EX SITU - December 14, 2018
Coexistences – what animality can teach us

Entitled Coexistences par what animality can teach us, the Station 13 brings together a multiplicity of research practices, both artistic and scientific, acknowledging our links to the animal world. Estranged for a long time from philosophical and scientific thinking, the animal, once it had entered areas of critical analysis, began to disrupt our practices of knowledge, revealing the blind spots.

Robin Meier & Ali Momeni, The Tragedy of the Commons, 2011
© All rights reserved
Photos and video by Palagret en Creative Commons 2011

Station 11 - EX SITU - June 30th, 2017
The living, from the cosmos to the Earth

For Station 11, the Brain Space Laboratory is invited to the Center Pompidou-Metz for the exhibition Infinite Garden. From Giverny to the Amazonia. In approaching new practices and conceptions (immersion, participation, symbiosis, compositions, becoming and metamorphoses), participants and guests of the laboratory try to find the answer to the following question: What happens when the cosmos is no longer seen from Earth, but when the earth is crossed itself by the cosmos ?

Philippe Parreno, Continuously Habitable Zones aka C.H.Z, 2011
Video installation
Fondation Beyeler, Richen/Basel et Courtesy Esther Schipper

Station 8 - ex situ - 2012
Spatialization / Dis~Orientations

In deciding to study the exhibition Erre, variations labyrinthiques at Centre Pompidou-Metz, the space brain Laboratory intends to extend its researches about a corporal – both tactile and motor – relation between the viewer and the artwork. (...)

Station 5 - 2011
The sense of space

Taking as its starting point the discussion between artist Ann Veronica Janssens and neurophysiologist Alain Berthoz, Station 5 looked into the role of space in cognitive processes and addressed the concepts of empathy, derealisation and perceptual thresholds. (...)

Work under study: Gianni Colombo, Spazio elastico, 1967.

Station 2 - 2010
Space at the intersection of astrophysics and neuroscience

Drawing on contributions by researchers in astrophysics and the cognitive sciences, Station 2 focused on our different representations of space, with special emphasis on the concepts of translation, transposition, relationship and movement. (...)

Work under study : Richard Venlet, Sans titre, 2001.

STATION 21 - EX SITU & ON LINE - October 29 & 30 2021
Cartographie of Us #2 / Caring for the land

Since 2016, the project Cosmomorphe has been reconsidering humans as one living being among others for the purposes of composing a common world, both human and non-human. In 2019, based on Stations 15 – “Faire Chair, comment changer de paradigme dans des mondes enchevêtrés?” – 16 – “Métamorphose et contamination, la permanence du changement” – and 18 – “Rituel.le.s” –, a need for a true transformation capable of allowing us to put our imagination into action emerged. Now more than ever, the amplification of the planetary crisis spurs us to action, starting with (re)establishing connections: this is what La Fabrique du Nous, initiated by the IAC and URDLA, invites us to do. On this occasion, the Laboratory is organizing Station 21 "Cartographie of Us #2 / Caring for the land". Who or what is the “us” of today? How can we draw up new maps of the relationships between humans and non-humans employing sensitivity and creation? With which maps of living communities can an art of re-inhabiting and rehabilitating the world emerge?

Tiphaine Calmettes, La terre embrasse le sol, 2019

Station 18 - on line - January 8 & 9 2021
Cartographies of Us #1/ “Rituel·le·s”

In 2019, beginning with Station 15 – Faire Chair, comment changer de paradigme dans des mondes enchevêtrés – and 16 – Métamorphose et contamination, la permanence du changement, the need for a true metamorphosis capable of allowing one to enact one’s own imagination emerged. Now more than ever, the increasing amplification of the global crisis calls on us to act, beginning by reestablishing connections: this is what the Fabrique du Nous, initiated by the IAC and URDLA, invites us to do.  

Charwei Tsai, Lanyu -Three Stories. film still, 2012 - Courtesy de l'artisteStation 15

STATION 15 - EX SITU - July 6, 2019
Faire Chair, How to change paradigm in tangled worlds?

The Station 15 addresses the redefinition of our ontological condition. The paradigm shift paths, artistic, scientific, philosophical, economic, eco-feminist or legal, are all tools to explore new ways of living in entangled and multiple worlds. The contact zones between the living, subjectivities intertwined in an environment common to all, are at the heart of this station. Artists and researchers, whose responsibility is called upon here, come to share their imaginations in order to consider new conditions for cohabitation.

Pierre Huyghe, Untitled (Human Mask), 2014
Video, color, sound
Duration: 19'
Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York ; Hauser & Wirth, Londres ; Esther Schipper, Berlin ; and Anna Lena Films, Paris Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York ; Hauser & Wirth, Londres ; Esther Schipper, Berlin ; and Anna Lena Films, Paris
Video still © Pierre Huyghe

station (1)0 - 2016
Launching of the “towards a cosmomorphic world” programme

From stage 1(0) on, the Lab initiates a new cycle, widening the scope of its research field in such a way as to include the organic bonds that connect man with cosmos. Issues raised by the Anthropocena are indeed a strong incentive for man to acknowledge its relative position within the life chain. (...) 

Michel Blazy, Spirale, 1996.
Collection Frac Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur. Photo © Blaise Adilon.

Station 7 - 2011-2012
The curtains of dreams. Hypnagogic visions

Resulting from a discussion between Yann Chateigné and Joachim Koester, The curtain of dreams. Hypnagogic visions consists of a series of incursions in research devoted to ‘visual images’ – using Henri Michaux’s expression, from whom the title has been borrowed in part –, perceived by the spirit in a state of changed awareness. (…)

Station 4 - 2010
Flicker: from visual to perceptual

Starting from Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, Station 4 focuses on art experiments conducted on the effects of stroboscopic light and their effects on neuronal perception.

Work under study : Brion Gysin, Dreamachine, 1961-1979.

station flash - 2017
station flash

Station flash brings together the participants of the laboratory to organize future stations. Historian of art and philosopher, Bertrand Prévost, invited by Pierre Montebello, talks about his works.

Station 1 - 2009

From the late 1950s, many artists put into practice new approaches to the relationship with the viewer-visitor. From an egocentred posture, which conveyed their feeling in plastic terms, they moved on to propositions of the “allocentred” type, in which the perception of the world was then as it were given to be shared, following a process whereby the “self” and the other blended together, making room for the emergence of the experience per se. (...)