In his latest book, the English scientist James Lovelock announces a new era, the Novacène, which will succeed our current era, the Anthropocene, marked by climatic and environmental upheavals due to human activity.
Nearly 50 years after his Gaia hypothesis, which asserted that the Earth is a living being, this famous English environmentalist optimistically predicts a positive relationship between man and the environment aided by technology. Deploying in all spaces of Gare Saint Sauveur, the Novacène exhibition is part of this post-anthropocene utopia and reveals its clues.
The presented artists drew up the vanguard of a new civilization in the process of advent:
seismographs of the last tremors of a hyper-carbonated world (Allora & Calzadilla, Julian Charrière, Maarten Vanden Eynde), explorers of the subtle relationships between living beings (Fabien Léaustic), alchemists of climatic phenomena (Marie-Luce Nadal, Bigert & Bergstörm, Bianca Bondi), the artists place care (Object Oriented Art, Otobong Nkanga), action (Lucy+Jorge Orta), the Senses (Zheng Bo, Anna Komarova) at the heart of a reinvested common good, and raise the ethical questions of this world after (Haroon Mirza).
In an eco-design approach, Novacène becomes a place of exploration, dream and union at the time of the last chance to have a viable future.*
The exhibition is curated by Alice Audouin and Jean-Max Colard
Participating artists: Art Orienté Objet, Allora & Calzadilla, Bigert & Bergström, Bianca Bondi, Julian Charrière, John Gerrard, Anna Komarova, Fabien Léaustic, Haroon Mirza, Marie-Luce Nadal, Otobong Nkanga, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Bo Zheng
Displayed Bigert & Bergström’s work: Scenario/Scenery, 2020, performative art installation.
* The text is translated from French by Google Translator. Please see the original HERE.