Metamorphosis and contamination, the permanence of change

Entitled "Metamorphosis and contamination, the permanence of change", Station 16 takes the artworks of the fifteenth Biennale de Lyon, entitled Là où les eaux se mêlent [Where Water Comes Together With Other Water] as its object of study.

Based on an original idea by Raphaël Brunel, curator, and Julien Discrit, artist, after Station 14 ("Matter and metabolisms"), this edition pursues the exploration of matter, at once a vector and product of contamination and metamorphosis. This matter is probed as a possible paradigm for taking stock of the porosity and intermingling between the creatures of the cosmos and for recomposing a cosmomorphic world.

Irrespective of the terminology chosen to define it, the period that we are traversing is characterized by brutal transformations, operating as much on the scale of ecosystems and the climate as on that – cellular and molecular – of the body and matter. In addition, the permanent exchanges brought about by the coexistence of humans and non humans ought to be considered from the point of view of a perpetual and reciprocal contamination. In certain cases, this becomes the source of confusion between the natural and the artificial. Any kind of sensitive interface placed into contact and in relation to an exogenous organism, substance, or technology thus evolves or becomes reconfigured.
To what extent do these logics of affection or infection produce a set of reciprocal effects, influences, or reactions, suitable for generating new and dynamic situations in which metamorphosis would be paramount within the organism, in which change would eventually turn out to be permanent?




Raphaël Brunel
, curator, and Julien Discrit, artist (introduction)

Bruno Botella, artist, and Mimosa Echard, artist (dialogue recorded from Japan)

Grégory Chatonsky, artist-researcher

Théo Massoulier, artist

Dylan Trigg, philosopher

Hélène Vial, Latin Lecturer-researcher-HDR at University of Clermont-Auvergne


Cyrille Noirjean, moderator

Works under study

Composition and placement of images:
Olivia Grandperrin

At the Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes

from 18 September, 2019 to 5 January, 2020

Isabelle Andriessen, Olga Balema, Lynda Benglis, Hicham Berrada, Michel Blazy, Giovanni Boccaccio, Bianca Bondi, Bruno Botella, Charles Burns, Thomas Cailley et Sébastien Mounier, Nina Canell, John Carpenter, Giulia Cenci, Morgan Courtois, David Cronenberg, Julien Discrit, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Mimosa Echard, Khalil El Ghrib, Thomas Feuerstein, Alex Garland, Jonathan Glazer, Ane Graff, Daiga Grantina, Pakui Hardware, Roger Hiorns, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Camille Juthier, Tetsumi Kudo, Mire Lee, Théo Massoulier, Hayao Miyazaki, Alan Moore, Pakui Hardware, Katsuhiro Otomo, Jean Painlevé, Shanta Rao, Pamela Rosenkranz, Karl Sims, Robert Smithson, Stuart Staples, Satoshi Tajiri, Fabrizio Terranova, John William Waterhouse, Trevor Yeung, Anicka Yi

Study Day

On a proposal from

Raphaël Brunel, curator and Julien Discrit, artist

Friday 22 November, 2019 - in situ
Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes

Saturday 23 November, 2019 - ex situ
Fagor factory, Lyon

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Nathalie Ergino

Director of the Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes

Jérôme Grivel

Ann Veronica Janssens
Artist, teacher at the School of Fine Arts, Paris

Flora Katz
Art critic, independent curator and doctoral student at the University of Paris 1 La Sorbonne

Sandra Lorenzi

Théo Massoulier

Cyrille Noirjean
Director of URDLA (International center estampe & book), psychoanalyst (member of the International Lacanian Association)

Stéphanie Raimondi

Vahan Soghomonian

Floryan Varennes

Mengzhi Zheng