Matter and metabolism

For 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. Can one speak of organic or synthetic matter? Inert or living? Autonomous or “parasitic”? Extended to the field of molecular flows, current research dealing with the multiplicity of states of matter and processes of continuity and stability of forms in evolution composes a world of unlimited organizational potential. With regard to emerging and confirmed artistic practices, matter with its metabolisms becomes a paradigm for acknowledging the porosity between beings in the cosmos and thus for considering ways of creating a consistent world.


Denis Cerclet
Antropologist, lecturer at Université Lumière Lyon 2
Olivier Hamant
Biologist, research Director at the Laboratory for the reproduction and development of Plants at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, associate researcher at the Sainsbury laboratory, Cambridge (England), associate professor at the University of Kumamoto (Japan)
Hélène Meisel
In charge of research and exhibition at centre Pompidou/Metz
Cyrille Noirjean
Director of URDLA (International center estampe & book), psychoanalyst (member of the International Lacanian Association)
Arnauld Pierre
Art historian, professor at Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
Jean-Louis Poitevin
Doctor of philosophy, writer and art critic
Alexandre Wajnberg
Scientist journalist at the RTBF (Journal parlé de Radio Une, Brussels)
Jean-Jacques Wunenburger
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Honorary Dean of the Philosophy Department of the Université Lyon 3 (2000-2010), former Director of the Institute for Philosophical research of Lyon (2004-2011), President of the Gaston Bachelard International Association, Co-director of the International Center for Research on the Imaginary

And the artists Clarissa BaumannBenjamin BlaquartAlys Demeure, Célia GondolJérôme Grivel, Héloïse LauraireSandra LorenziThéo MassoulierStéphanie RaimondiLinda SanchezVahan SoghomonianFloryan VarennesMengzhi Zheng

Works under study

Isabelle Andriessen, Hicham Berrada, Nina Canell, Pierre Huyghe, Anicka Yi.

Study Day

On a proposal from Hélène Meisel and Nathalie Ergino.

Saturday, January 19th 2019, from 09:00 a.m to 13:00 p.m, at Institut d'art contemporain auditorium (Villeurbanne).

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Registration on our website


Hicham Berrada
Talk with Hélène Meisel

Nicolas Bourriaud
À propos de l’exposition Crash Test, la révolution moléculaire
Director of MoCo - La Panacée, Montpellier, curator and writer

Vincent Fleury
Corps du fluide et fluide du corps
Research Director at the CNRS, HDR, condensed matter physics laboratory

Flora Katz
Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead
Art Critic, independent Curator and doctoral student affiliated with the Instiut ACTE (Art, Creation, Theories and Aesthetics – CNRS/ Université Paris 1)

Hélène Meisel
Matières à l’oeuvre, matières exposées depuis les années 1980
Doctor in art history, in charge of research and exhibition at centre Pompidou-Metz

Moderation Hélène Meisel