Saint-Etienne, France (Different locations)

International colloquium - Arts contemporains & Anthropocène

Based on three statements and their combinations (Le langage mis à mal, Le temps du Paysage, Déplacements: corps et marchandises), the exhibition "Precious Materials" addresses an important question: how do artists manage to create in the Anthropocene? What new narratives are likely to emerge from the current situation? The aim here is not to exhibit spectacular images of pollution or global transformation. The works chosen are intended to draw up a cartography of the sensitive (air, water, fire, plants, minerals), of the language that has been damaged by the novlanguage, to which can be added globalized trade, the displacement of populations, which is constantly marking the surface of continents and seas. As Bruno Latour reminds us, we do not have exclusive property rights. Artists, like seismographs, try to capture the intensities of this fragile stay, of this and the fragility of their intervention often reveals a saving energy.

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Lieven Gevaert Centre
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 pb 3313
B-3000 Leuven

Lieven Gevaert Centre
UC Louvain, Archéologie et d'histoire d'art
FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1 bte L3.03.13
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve