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. The dramatic, now unquestionable, shifts in biology, geology and climate, combined with the outcome of recent scientific studies, all point to the necessity of reconstructing a human, and a non-human, world. This growing awareness induces fundamental changes in our relationship to the world: the dual principles behind the Western approach –which consists in tearing man apart from nature, and opposing matter and mind–, give way to a cosmologic pattern, a vision of the world that is no longer anthropomorphic but “cosmomorphic”. Recent scientific developments (in neurosciences, in astrophysics, in biology, in geology) prompt us to re-examine the boundaries between body, space, time, and brain, and to “broaden” our perception of the environment, somewhere between the infinitely large and the infinitely small. The new lines of research developed by scientists contribute to the present renewal of interest in the bonds connecting us with Earth, the recreation of the ties between matter and life, and the inscription of man within cosmos. After the experiments in “enlarged perception”, we are now led to experience even more intense ones, such as the vital fusion with the elements, the yearning for oneness with the Universe. In the wake of new research on the life chain –as for instance in epigenetics, where the environmental impact on the genome has been measured over several generations, or in astrology, where common ground between Mars and the Earth has been searched for within the scale of the infinitely small- we are inclined to think in terms of coexistence and dynamic links.

From such a transitive, relational approach may emerge the fundamental notions of milieu, passage and motion. A unified apprehension of cosmos arises, after the fashion of Oriental conceptions, deprived of any form of cleavage.

How can creation and research contribute today to this change in paradigm and establish a new way of looking at the world? Could a common responsibility, shared by artists, scientists and intellectuals, pave the way for alternative action?

Nathalie Ergino



Works under study

Hamish Fulton, Kutenai, Two Walks in the Alberta Rockies, 74 and 70 Miles, Canada, Summer 1976, 1976.
2 silver-gelatin prints on fiber paper mounted on panel, 82 x 171 x 2,2 cm.
André Morin © Hamish Fulton

Hicham Berrada, Présage, 2016.
Beaker, chemicals, camera and live screening.
Courtesy Galerie Kamel Mennour and the artist © Laurent Lecat

Linda Sanchez, 11752 mètres et des poussières..., 2014.
Blu-Ray film, 71 minutes.
Courtesy the artist © Linda Sanchez

Pierre Huyghe, Cerro Indio Muerto, 2016.
C-print, 96 cm x 64 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.

Charwei Tsai, Plane Tree Mantra, 2014.
Collection 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz (FR) © Charwei Tsai


Michel Blazy, Spirale, 1996.
Installation, sprouted seeds (lentils, cotton wool). Dimensions variables.
Collection Frac Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur. Photo © Blaise Adilon.


James Lee ByarsThe Book of the Hundred Questions, 1969.
Offset lithograph in gold ink and black Japanese paper, 49 x 36,5 cm.
Courtesy Jason Dodge. Photo © Blaise Adilon


Hubert DupratSans titre, 2008
Pile of polished magnetite stones. Height: 85 cm, diameter: 280 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Art : Concept, Paris. Photo © Blaise Adilon


Groupe FRAME (Alys Demeure, Jérôme Grivel, Héloïse Lauraire, Sandra Lorenzi, Stéphanie Raimondi), INDEX, 2016. 
Inkjet printings, wood table: 520 x 70 x 300 cm. 
Courtesy Groupe FRAME (Alys Demeure, Jérôme Grivel, Héloïse Lauraire, Sandra Lorenzi, Stéphanie Raimondi). Photo © Blaise Adilon


Célia GondolDimensions telluriques, 2016. 
Silk, copper. 580 x 350 cm. 
Courtesy the artist. Work produced as part of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermes residency program. Photo © Blaise Adilon


Joan JonasWind, 1968 
Black & white film, 5’41’’, silent.
Collection 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz


Barbara & Michael LeisgenDas Licht - der Mensch - die Welt, 1975 
Black and white photograph mounted on Dibond, acrylic panel, 80 x 120 cm. 
Collection 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz


Matt MullicanThe IAC Mural, 2010.
Wall painting.
Collection Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes. Photo © Blaise Adilon.


Otobong NkangaAlterscape, 2005.
Set of 3 C-print photographs mounted on Dibond, 50 x 67 cm each. 
Collection Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Photo © Blaise Adilon


Abraham PoinchevalAvant projet pour marcher sur la canopée nuageuse, 2016 
Chalk drawing on hexagonal black panels. 
Courtesy Semiose galerie, Paris. Photo © Blaise Adilon




Evariste Richer, Ellipse/Eclipse, 2007. 

Reflector made of reversible gold and silver lastolite, aluminium frames, matthews tripods, diameter : 300 cm each.
Courtesy the artist and Untilthen - Saint-Ouen. Photo © Blaise Adilon.


TakisElectromagnétique III, 1966. 
Plexiglas, electro-magnet, cork, cable, 336 x 75 x 75 cm. 
Collection Frac des Pays de la Loire. Photo © Blaise Adilon.


Maarten Vanden EyndeRestauration du Lac de Montbel, 2003 
Digital print 70 x 50 cm. 
Collection 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz © Maarten Vanden Eynde

Participants since 2009

Élisa Brune
writer (novelist and essayist) and science journalist
Denis Cerclet
anthropologist, lecturer at Université Lumière - Lyon 2
Arnauld Pierre
art historian, professor at Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Jean-Louis Poitevin
doctor in philsophy, writer and art critic

Participants since 2016

The artists: Clarissa Baumann, Benjamin Blaquart, Frame, Célia Gondol, Lola González, Linda Sanchez, Vahan Soghomonian, Mengzhi Zheng.


Camille Chenais
projects coordinator Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research
Didier Debaise
Doctor in Philosophy, researcher for the FNRS, teaches contemporary philosophy at the Free University of Brussels
Philippe Eydieu
research co-coordinator at the Clermont Metropole Art School
Tran Minh Duc
artist in residence at the Académie vivante (Living Academy), an experimental Research Laboratory (collaboration between CNRS / Paris-Diderot University and Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research)
Pierre Montebello
Philosopher, teaches modern and contemporary philosophy, metaphysics and esthetics at Université Toulouse le Mirail
Thierry Mouillé
artist, coordinator of the Laboratoire des intuitions and professor at the nationale school of art of Tours
Cyrille Noirjean
director of URDLA (international center estampe & book), psychoanalyst
Gyan Panchal
artist, curator and researcher associated at the Clermont Metropole Art School
Pascal Pique
curator, former director of Frac Midi-Pyrénées, he is the founder of Musée de l'Invisible
Alexandre Wajnberg
science journalist at the RTBF (Spoken Journal of Radio One, Brussels)

Works under study

Clarissa Baumann, Hicham Berrada, Benjamin Blaquart, Michel Blazy, James Lee Byars, Gilles Clément, Walter De Maria, Tony Di Napoli, Hubert Duprat, FRAME, Hamish Fulton, Célia Gondol, Lola Gonzàlez, Jérôme Grivel, Pierre Huyghe, Joan Jonas, Barbara & Michaël Leisgen, Antti Lovag, Helen Mirra, Matt Mullican, Otobong Nkanga, Katie Paterson, Abraham Poincheval, Evariste Richer, Linda Sanchez, Vahan Soghomonian & Tomi Yard, TAKIS, Charwei Tsai, James Turrell, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Mengzhi Zheng.

Launch / Performances

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6pm
Performances by Tony Di Napoli, Jérôme Grivel,
Vahan Soghomonian

Charwei Tsai

Study days

November 4-5, 2016 at IAC Auditorium


  • download a text by Tim Ingold about Linda Sanchez’s work (FR)
  • read a text about Célia Gondol’s work, published in the online magazine Le Chassis (FR)
  • browse the Laboratoire des intuitions website, coordinated by Thierry Mouillé
  • visit Hubert Duprat’s website, “The Caddysfly’s Mirror”, gathering documentation about caddysflies (FR/EN)
  • learn about the second workshop of Académie vivante with artist Tran Minh Duc, organized by Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research (FR/EN).

Related exhibition

du 2 décembre 2016 au 19 février 2017