asinnajaq, Rock Piece (Ahuriri Edition), 2018, vidéo, couleur, son, 4’02’’. Courtesy de l’artiste

Station 22 – How to Reclaim the Earth?

From 10/06/2022 to 11/06/2022

Study days, Brain Space Laboratory & Palais de Tokyo

Free access with the entrance ticket to the Palais de Tokyo exhibition – According to the number of seats available

Brain Space Laboratory

Initiated by artist Ann Veronica Janssens and Nathalie Ergino in 2009, the Brain Space Laboratory brings together artists and researchers for the purposes of sharing their explorations around vital links of co-existence that unite living beings. Starting from artistic experiments, it favors intuition as a driving force, shared imaginations as a foundation, and collective intelligence as a modus operandi. The intensity of climate upheaval, and the collapse of the living commit us to reorganizing a common world, both human and non-human. Trans-disciplinary in nature, the laboratory develops in stages, taking the form of “stations”. Mobile exploratory units, these stations are composed of study days, of “works under study”, that take place in the IAC and elsewhere.

Since the research cycle “Towards a Cosmomorphic World” launched in October 2016, the Laboratory has extended its field of exploration to the organic connections that tie the human to the cosmos. From epigenetics to geology, by way of anthropology, the current research generally reveals the porosity that exists between beings and their surroundings. Our conceptions are gradually transforming: the dualist principles of a Western approach that separates man from nature, opposing matter and mind, the innate and the acquired, and makes room for a different “future”, one that opens up a vision of the world which is no longer anthropocentric, but rather one that is “cosmomorphic”. How does the global crisis that we are experiencing force us to transform our ways of being in the world, and how can it urge us to action? How can we now inhabit cosmomorphic worlds?


Station 22 – How to Reclaim the Earth?

The simultaneity of ecological and social crises, within an extractivist society that is at the end of its tether, has highlighted the interdependence of beings and their surroundings. Faced with the need for new ways of acting and caring for the Earth, can we truly reclaim it? Can it reclaim itself? Or is it the Earth that reclaims us? In the group exhibition Reclaim the Earth curated by Daria de Beauvais at the Palais de Tokyo, the artists develop new relationships with the environment, making us aware that we are not only “facing the landscape”, nor are we simply “on Earth,” but are rather “amongst” them, thus causing a shift in a Eurocentric and Anthropocentric vision.

For ecofeminist thinking, and other forms of thought, exploring what connects us to the Earth requires questioning relationships of power, and the nature of the bonds of subsistence that exist between places and those who inhabit them. By questioning the relationships of domination between beings, these thoughts generate other ways of being in the world that stretch beyond existing dualisms. This station explores the correspondence between struggles for recognition of the Earth, and a collective desire to rally the forces of the pluriverse so as to better inhabit it. Continuing the work done by the Brain Space Laboratory, Station 22 How to Reclaim the Earth? sketches the outlines of a common world and of cosmomorphic solidarities

Friday afternoon, 10 June 2022

2.00 : Guided tour of the exhibition Reclaim the Earth by Daria de Beauvais
2.55 : Welcome in the “Toguna” space
3.00 – 3.30 : Introduction by Nathalie Ergino and Pierre Montebello
3.30 – 4.00 : Barbara Glowczewski
4.00 – 4.30 : Marie Fleury
4.30 – 4.50 : Q&A
4.50 – 5.00 : Break
5.00 – 5.20 : Work under study, Amakaba x Olaniyi Studio
5.20 – 5.50 : Marine Yzquierdo
5.50 – 6.15 : Q&A
6.15 – 18.25 : Work under study, asinnajaq

Saturday afternoon, 11 June 2022

1.55 : Welcome in the “Toguna” space
2.00 – 2.10 : Introduction by Daria de Beauvais
2.10 – 2.20 : Works under study, Judy Watson
2.20 – 2.50 : Ariel Salleh with Margot Lauwers
2.50 – 3.20 : Q&A
3.20 – 3.30 : Work under study, Solange Pessoa
3.30 – 3.50 : Break
3.50 – 4.00 : Works under study, Kate Newby
4.00 – 4.30 : Benedikte Zitouni and Alice Mortiaux
4.30 – 5.00 :
Linda Boukhris
5.00 – 5.50 :
6.00 – 6.20 : Activation of Megan Cope’s work in the exhibition space

More information on the event and the interventions here.

There are several ways in which you can participate in Station 22 of the Brain Space Laboratory, either in person and/or remotely.

→ You want to take part in this station in person?

Register for Station 22 – Register here

Access with the entrance ticket to the Palais de Tokyo exhibition.

→ You want to follow this station remotely and live?

Station 22 of the Laboratory is accessible via Zoom, by clicking on the following links:

Friday 10 June from 3pm to 6pm: zoom link

Meeting ID: 831 5585 5865 – Secret code: 119929

Saturday 11 June from 2pm to 6pm: zoom link

Meeting ID: 874 0031 3740 – Secret code: 037218

→ You want to take an active part in the Laboratory and the exchanges?

A documentation gathered in the form of a vademecum enables you to prepare in advance: it is available upon request here until D-3 days before the station. It will also be available on the website of the Brain Space Laboratory, in the right-hand column on the Station 22 page.

Interventions are available in French and English by simultaneous translation, in person and online. All the stations are the subject of an audio and video recording available, after the study days, on the Brain Space Laboratory website.

With : Linda Boukhris, Marie Fleury, Barbara Glowczewski, Ariel Salleh, Marine Yzquierdo, Benedikte Zitouni et Alice Mortiaux.