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 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 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 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 (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 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 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. (...)

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 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 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. Translated with

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.