‘The cosmology of small grains’ residency project at Art Explora, hosted by Cité Internationaled des Arts, Paris
‘The School of Mutants’ UK Premiere at Sheffield DocFest
4-8 June 2021
‘Mutant Assembly’ in Toubab Diallaw, Senegal
International research seminar with Point Sud Research Institute on Local Knowledge
With Felwine Sarr, Katharina Schramm, Mamadou Sy, Alioune Sall, Karim-Yassin Goessinger, Maria Aparecida Moura, Ana Pi, Judith Rottenburg, Joseph Tonda, Germaine Acogny, Mourtada Gueye, Catitu Tayassu, Ibrahima Wane, Jocelyne Baoulé-Couston, Tabara Korka Ndiaye, Denetem Touam Bona, Samuel Nnah, Livia Cahn, Yann Philipp Tastevin, Nathalie Muchamad, Marie-Yemta Moussanang, Marion Louisgrand Sylla, Julien McHardy, Oulimata Gueye, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Hamedine Kane.
‘The School of Mutants’ at Lieu Unique, Nantes
University of African Futures (UFA) curated by Oulimata Gueye
Opening 6 April 2021
As part of the Africa 2020 Cultural Season
« The title of the exhibition refers to the University of the African Future (UFA) in Sébikotane, Senegal, which is one of the major projects initiated by President Abdoulaye Wade in the mid-2000s and now abandoned. In their project called The School of Mutants, artists Hamedine Kane and Stéphane Verlet-Bottero explore how more than a century of colonial and then postcolonial history shaped educational policies in West Africa. »
‘Notes towards a permacircular museum’ at Critical Zones, ZKM, Karlsruhe
More and more often there are exhibitions about the ecological footprint. But what about the footprint of an exhibition itself? Artist, environmental engineer and curator Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro examines the greenhouse effect of the ZKM exhibition »Critical Zones«, while at the same time taking into account a number of environmental restoration works. One of these projects is the ZKM orchard.
‘Assembly for Permacircular Museums’ at ZKM
21-23 April 2021
In recent years there have been numerous artistic and discursive contributions across museums, biennials, and institutions that all addressed the following question: How can art contribute to fostering solidarity, ecological becoming, and multispecies caring? The emergence of this »terrestrial turn« in cultural spheres has been, however, codependent on the globalization of the art industry and its reliance on abundant fossil energy, cheap flights, and material accumulation. Simultaneously, postcolonial debates have also gained visibility in cultural spaces historically established on colonial theft. How can institutions reflect their footprint and conditions of production despite being situated in a capitalist context? In other terms, can the institution be trusted to reinvent itself and, if so, what should a museum be?
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‘Arts of Coming Down to Earth’, symposium and workshop at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
With Pin Lin, Martin Guinard, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Margaret Shiu, Ming-Jiun Tsai, Mali Wu, Lucia Pietrouisti, Alison Tickell, Farid Rakun (ruangrupa), Yasmine Ostendorf, Vincent Chen, Chiao-Ping Wang, Sheng-Hsin Chou, Jiang-He Chen, Jian-Zhi Chen, Catherine Lee, Iris Hung, Eva Lin,
The Symposium proposes to rethink and redesign cultural institutions into models of radical sustainability that inspire experimentation and mutation across society and productive fields at large. The Workshop on the second day, moderated by professionals in visual arts, and practitioners of eco-action, invites culture workers and activists to witness the challenges at stake, bring to awareness the sector’s footprint, then suggest methods for impact reduction and community-based ecosystem restoration.
New text ‘We Are the Ambassadors of the Blurred Mirages of Lands that Never Fully Materialized (About the School of Mutants)’ on e-flux journal #114
Around three years ago, Senegal announced the creation of a new oil and gas institute, in the unfinished buildings of the University of the African Future. Such a statement produces too many dissonant chords to be ignored. It asks to be explored with regards to what it relays to us about future politics. Activists and civil society organizations in Senegal have continued to warn against recent large-scale offshore gas discoveries and the current government’s exploration policy. Massive corruption scandals have already broken out at the highest levels of the state, signaling ominous prospects in the country’s shift towards a predatory petrocracy. In addition to that sinister horizon in the future, this story brings back past complexities of now-forgotten grand visions proclaimed by the previous government at the turn of the century: a pan-African university with international outreach, that would be linked to leading global institutions via the new network technologies of the World Wide Web.
‘Notes towards a permacircular museum’: Two new fruit trees planted at the communal fruit orchard managed with ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe
Live streamed on instagram with poetry reading
‘Arts of Coming Down to Earth’, workshops at Taipei National University of the Arts
In partnership with Zurich University of the Arts
24/11/2020 and 30/11/2020
In this workshop we will focus on the question: how to make the ecological turn of art institution a desirable revolution? What can be a dialogue between the poetics of creative practices and the empirical realm of daily life procedures, such as energy use of galleries, greener travels or nature-friendly art materials?
‘Mutant Assembly’ at Taipei Biennial, with Lou Mo, Olivia Anani, Thiombiano Dramane, Nobuo Takamori, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro
This conversation aims to re-visit this historical sequence of political partnership between Taiwan and Senegal, and discuss its speculative potential to consider and amplify current transformative scenarios in the Global South. Intended as a dialogue, it invites experts in the field to examine how these questions are thought across Asia, from the perspective of theoretical arguments in postcolonial studies as well as political and historical discourse.
‘New Diplomatic Encounters’, opening symposium of Taipei Biennial 2020
With Bruno LATOUR, Martin GUINARD, Eva LIN, Yuk HUI, WU Mali, HUANG Chien-Hung, CHUANG Chun-Mei, Paul JOBIN, CHANG Yung-Ta, SU Yu-Hsin, HUNG Kuang-Chi, CHIN Cheng-Te, LEE Chia-Hung, LIN Chuan-Kai, CHEN Yi-Chun, Lou MO, Stéphane VERLET-BOTTÉRO, Olivia ANANI
The symposium will gather artists and thinkers around the 2020 biennale to deal with a situation which is becoming more and more pressing: people “around” the world no longer agree on what it means to live “on” earth. Pluralism has taken a much more explicit ontological shape, as if we were literally living on different earths — and at war.
Terrestrial University: The Right Uses of Land, hosted by ZKM
With Julia Pongratz and Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro
In this dialogue, we will encounter the many ramifications of the question: how do we use land, and what are the effects of land use on climate? What land do we live on, and how does climate change affect it? Are there »right« uses of land, and what kind of politics do they require? Such questions ask for terrestrial approaches: entangled within the global and the local, navigating the planetary scale and local ecosystems. »Becoming terrestrial«, as the notion of the »Critical Zone« demands, also means knowing what land we care for, and what shelters we may maintain and where our refuges are – some more aspects this interdisciplinary encounter might reflect on.
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‘The School of Mutants’ at Taipei Biennial 2020 – You and I Don’t Live on the Same Planet curated by Bruno Latour and Martin Guinard
Considering that the world is facing serious ecological conflicts and that acknowledges and perceptions toward the world or planet are utterly disparate, the curatorial team introduces the concept of « political and diplomatic tactics » to create « new diplomatic encounters ». « Diplomacy » is defined as a series of skills, procedures, and cognitive patterns adopted by stakeholders’ either before or after a conflict occurs. The key feature of a diplomatic encounter is that there exists no supreme arbitrator that can determine who is right or wrong in a conflict situation. As such, the necessity for diplomatic negotiation is made even more significant.
The LEAF Episode 1, hosted by The Nature Of Cities
With Olive Bieringa (Oslo), Matthew Jensen (New York), Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro (Paris)
Want to explore diverse and connecting threads in urban ecological arts? In the LEAF, three FRIEC Urban Arts Collective members share something from their ideas and work for 10 minutes each, followed by Q&A.
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EN QUÊTE D’IMAGES, research workshop at EnsadLab
Comment rendre compte de la rencontre entre cultures artistiques et iconographiques et leurs circulations au niveau transnational et transhistorique ? Quelle forme donner à des dispositifs interactifs visuels nous amenant à inverser le rapport « texte-image » pour celui d’« image-texte » ? Comment déployer une recherche par l’image permettant de créer des narrations polyphoniques autour d‘une même œuvre ? Comment restituer la trajectoire de la vie d’une œuvre ou d’une image ainsi que des rencontres et des interactions engendrées par son parcours ? Comment ces rencontres renouvellent-elles les questions et problématiques de la recherche-création ? Quelles contradictions entre systèmes d’activités scientifiques, artistiques et vernaculaires révèlent-elles?
Critical Zones Streamingfestival, ZKM