Climats artificiels

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 (© Vaughn Bell, 'Village Green', 2008, collection de l'artiste)
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© Vaughn Bell, 'Village Green', 2008, collection de l'artiste
 (© Hicham Berrada, 'Présage', 2013, courtesy galerie Kamel Mennour)
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© Hicham Berrada, 'Présage', 2013, courtesy galerie Kamel Mennour
 (© Tetsuo Kobdo (et Transsolar), 'Clouscapes', 2012, collection de l'artiste)
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© Tetsuo Kobdo (et Transsolar), 'Clouscapes', 2012, collection de l'artiste
 (© Adrien Missika, 'Darvaza', 2011, courtesy galerie Bugada & Cargnel)
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© Adrien Missika, 'Darvaza', 2011, courtesy galerie Bugada & Cargnel
 (© Yoko Ono, 'Sky TV', 1966, courtesy galerie Lelong, New York)
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© Yoko Ono, 'Sky TV', 1966, courtesy galerie Lelong, New York
 (© Chris Morin, 'Paris Opéra Garnier Ballet', 2012, collection de l'artiste)
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© Chris Morin, 'Paris Opéra Garnier Ballet', 2012, collection de l'artiste

A subtle, sensitive exhibit on the theme of climate change, to tie in with the COP21 conference.

To tie in with the COP21 climate change conference taking place in Paris in November-December 2015, the Espace Fondation EDF have put together a subtle yet powerful exhibition that explores what’s really at stake.

Standout pieces include Ange Leccia’s ‘La Mer’ (a video projection of rippling waterscapes on a giant screen) and Adrien Missika’s captivating video of a crater in a Turkmenistan desert, both of which emphasise the notions of ‘artist as observer’. Former scientist Hicham Berrada’s ‘Présage’ is also particularly thought-provoking: live chemical reactions in a glass tank evolve as the exhibit goes on, inciting visitors to question the relationship between the natural and the artificial (and as a consequence, man’s role in preserving the earth).

Instead of just hammering home the message that we’re all doomed, ‘Climats artificiels’ offers a fertile collection for stimulating discussion of some major moral issues.

TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER

By: Nicolas Hecht

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