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. Without seeking to disentangle the visible and invisible, how can one qualify the perception of time and space that he proposes to visitors? How to understand borderline ways of being, on the frontier between waking and sleeping, life and death, through the intellectual and sensitive tools offered by Buddhism, neurosciences, chronobiology and the theories of memory? By drawing scientific and philosophical thinking from these “nocturnal peripheries”, Station 20 invites visitors to formulate and intensify the individual and collective transformations that have been initiated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. 

Works under study


Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Haïku, 2009




Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Luminous people, 2004




Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Durmiente - async, first light, 2021



Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014



Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Invisibility, 2016


Françoise Bonardel

Entre mort et renaissance : un espace-temps commun au bouddhisme tibétain et à l’art ?

Philosophy graduate, PhD in letters and humanities (1984). Professor at the Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, administrator of the Institute of Buddhist Studies and author of Bouddhisme et philosophie; En quête d'une sagesse commune (2009) and Vacuités : Sortir du nihilisme grâce au bouddhisme ? (2020).

Erik Bordeleau

Le cinéma comme médium de l'âme : exercices d'immédiation.

Philosopher, research fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics and fugitive planner for the Sphere.

Emma Chabani

Communiquer avec les rêveurs lucides

Doctor in Cognitive Neuroscience and currently head of the research and development project at the Human Design Group. Her thesis, directed by Isabelle Arnulf, is entitled "Do we really lose consciousness when we sleep? Exploration of the sleeper's experience in models
of central hypersomnia".

Clément Dumas

Le cinéma intérieur, la mémoire spectatorielle en partage

Doctoral student studying cinema, associated with the Institut d'Asie Orientale. He is currently preparing a thesis on theories of memory and their applications in a corpus of Asian films (Lav Diaz, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Wang Bing).

Benoît Guillaume

Illustrator and comic book author.

André Klarsfeld

Peut-on vivre hors du temps ?

Research fellow in the Molecular Genetics of Circadian Rhythms team at the CNRS Alfred-Fessard Neurobiology Institute. Member of the French-speaking Society of Chronobiology. Author of Les horloges du vivant (2009), Biologie de la mort (2000) with Frédéric Revah.

Les sœurs de la Maison de l’Inspir

The sisters of the Maison de l’Inspir practice in the tradition of Plum Village, a group of mindfulness centers founded by Zen master Thích Nhât Hanh. They propose guided meditation from their monastery.

Antoine Lutz

Neurosciences contemplatives et image-mouvement : amorce d’un dialogue

Director of research at INSERM in Lyon. A pioneer in the field of contempla- tive neuroscience, he has used brain imaging to study the meditation practices of expert meditators in the Buddhist tradition and of novices trained in the MBSR program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program).

Jean-Marc Tenryu Bazy

Témoignage d’un sceptique initial sur la pratique méditative et approche de la réalité 

Master Jean-Marc Tenryu Bazy followed the teachings of Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima from whom he received the seal of transmission (shiho) in 2003. He holds a university degree in "Medicine, Neuroscience and Meditation" and is responsible for the Dogen Sangha association. He is the founder of the Gudo ji temple in Villeurbanne, where he teaches. 

Works under study

Exhibition Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Periphery of the Night, IAC

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Haïku, 2009

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Luminous people, 2004

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Durmiente - async, first light, 2021

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Invisibility, 2016

Study days

On a proposal from Apichatpong Weerasethakul with Nathalie Ergino, Ella Bellone and Elie Raufaste

Wednesday, October 27 from 1 pm to 5 pm and  Thursday, October 28  from 9 am to 1 pm at Institut d’art contemporain (Villeurbanne) & via Zoom

Wednesday, October 27 (available in FR and EN)

To join Wednesday's reunion, click here
ID : 880 7395 3365
Code : 949132

Thursday, October 28 (available in FR and EN)

To join Thursday's reunion, click here
ID : 813 0500 4075
Code : 732060

To attend the station on site, please register here

Program of Station 20
→ download the program of Station 20 (french version)

Read the appendices 
→ download the appendices 


Célia Gondol
, Artist

Jérôme Grivel, Artist

Ann Veronica Janssens, Artist

Camille Llobet, Artist

Sandra Lorenzi, Artist

Théo Massoulier, Artist

Jean-Baptiste Perret, Artist

Stéphanie Raimondi, Artist

Mengzhi Zheng, Artist