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Milieux at La nuit des idées

2021-01-28 @ 14:20 - 17:50

Clusters: Milieux

Fossilation, installation, 2020-2021 (detail).
Bioplastic membrane, an apparatus for harvesting residual energy interacting with light, 2021. A project designed collectively by rice Ammar-Khodja, Alexandra Bachmayer, Samuel Bianchini, Marie-Pier Boucher, Didier Bouchon, Maria Chekhanovich, Matthew Halpenny, Alice Jarry, Raphaëlle Kerbrat, Annie Leuridan, Vanessa Mardirossian, Asa Perlman, Philippe Vandal and Lucile Vareilles, as part of a collaboration between the Milieux Institute (Concordia University), EnsadLab (École des Arts Décoratifs and its Chair in Arts and Sciences) and the University of Toronto Mississauga.
With the collaboration of Louise Rustan (Light Design) and Théo Chauvirey, Corentin Loubet, Joséphine Mas and Simon Paugoy (technical support)
Photo: Vanessa Mardirossian

Retake/Reprise de vues: Milieux researchers present at La nuit des idées

Where: Hexagram’s Youtube Channel & www.reprisedevues.org

Images act as both remedy and problem in the current health crisis: they limit movement and increase the possibility of social relations at a distance, but they also have an ecological impact that can no longer be neglected.

How can we rethink the materiality of the image in light of this dual approach? How do we implement images which, by their materiality, bring us closer to each other, and closer to the environment?

In the spirit of the 2021 La nuit des idées theme, “Closer,” Reprise de vues invites us to consider ‘the image’ from environmental and societal perspectives. We will engage in discussion, visit an exhibition (Matières d’image and the artwork Fossilisation, during Hors-Pistes Festival, Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris), and discover research-creation practices that interrogate the materiality of images and of interfaces that bring us closer together.

In addition to formal discussions, the event will include video capsules and a resolutely performative format, anchored in action, making, and demoing from the very locations of creation and dissemination — the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Speculative Life Biolab at the Milieux Institute.

The reflection will be modeled by three pivotal concepts: (1) fossil-imprint, which questions the eco-signatures left by contemporary images; (2) residual energy, which questions methods of capture and recovery of energy linked to images and; (3) matter-data, which critically examines the ubiquity of big data and its infrastructural and socio-environmental weight.

This event will, therefore, be an opportunity to construct a reflection and a collective dialogue on planetary futures in connection with major projects of technological infrastructure that condition the production and circulation of images.


Brice Ammar-Khodja (Individualized Program, EnsadLab – Concordia University)

Sofian Audry (École des médias, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Alexandra Bachmayer (Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University)

Martin Beauregard (Création et nouveaux médias, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue)

Samuel Bianchini (EnsadLab et Chaire arts et Sciences, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Frédéric Bigras-Burrogano (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Marie-Pier Boucher (Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology, Université of Toronto Mississauga)

Antoine Caron (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Theo Chauvirey (Maîtrise en Design, Université Concordia)

Maria Checkhanovich (Studio Arts, Université Concordia)

Jean Dubois (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Delfina Fantini Van Ditmar (Design Products, Royal College of Arts)

Géraldine Gomez (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)

Matthew Halpenny (Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University)

Orit Halpern (Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University)

Alice Jarry (Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University)

Raphaëlle Kerbrat (EnsadLab et Chaire arts et Sciences, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Annie Leuridan (Design lumière, EnsadLab, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Vanessa Mardirossian (Individualized Program, Concordia University)

Filipe Pais (EnsadLab, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Guillaume Pascale (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Archie Reid (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Miranda Smitheram (Design and Computation Arts, Université Concordia)

Gisèle Trudel (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Philippe Vandal (Intermedia Cyber Arts, Concordia University)

Lee Wilkins (School of Information, Université of Toronto)

Organized in partnership with the Museum of Arts et Métiers and the Pompidou Centre, this event is co-developed by Hexagram – International Network for Research-Creation in Arts, Culture and Technology – and the research-creation team of the international project Membranes in action: Multidisciplinary Creation of Sustainable Interfaces between Communities, Ecological Milieux and the Built Environment (dir. Alice Jarry, Concordia University, Montreal; Samuel Bianchini , EnsadLab – laboratoire de l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – Université PSL; Marie-Pier Boucher, University of Toronto Mississauga).

The project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Concordia University (Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology); The Chaire arts & sciences of École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs-PSL and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. With the support of the Institut français, the Consulat général de France à Québec and the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris.


14:20 - 17:50
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