The laboratory of sustainable culture at the Nuit Blanche

The laboratory of sustainable culture at the Nuit Blanche

After Scotland in the framework of a workshop “Sols Fictions” in Aberdeen with KFI (Knowing from The Inside); Ljubljana in Slovenia as part of the Summer Lab of the Imagine2020 network and then the Festival Vivant from September 15 to 17 at the University of Paris-Diderot, the laboratory of sustainable culture – 1st session Les Sols – is presented at the OFF program of the Nuit Blanche 2016, on October 1st, with the installation Petrichor, or the smell of the city’s floors.

COAL’s Sustainable Culture Lab
In order to experiment and put into practice a cultural approach to the transformation of territories for the ecological transition and adaptation to climate change, COAL is deploying the Sustainable Culture Laboratory, a collaborative program between the humanities, natural sciences and the arts. After a first year of action research on soils, the LAB is impelling in 2016-2017 “The table and the territory”, the second session of the LAB around sustainable food.

LAB aims to grow a culture of resilience to bring about and embody alternative artistic, scientific and political narratives of Earth transformation. More specifically, it aims to incorporate strategies for adapting to ecological changes linked to climate change into local practices. The LAB’s first mission is to explore crucial sustainability issues through the convergence of disciplines by im- agining collaborative work. To do this, it was conceived as a tool to question and share the conditions of construction of knowledge, both aesthetic, academic and technical, through experiments conducted by artists and scientists of nature and the humanities on innovation fields. Together, they carry out research-actions and design common productions: exhibitions, workshops, meetings, publications and trainings intended to nourish a political and collective dynamic on the scale of the territories.

Practical information


White Night

The work Petrichor by Anaïs Tondeur and Germain Meulemans can be seen from 7pm to 1am in the main staircase of the Lycée Charlemagne
14 rue Charlemagne
75004 Paris
Metro : St Paul (line 1)


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COALITION exhibition – associated programming
COALITION, 15 years of art and ecology

  • About us
    About us

    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

  • Projects

    Major projects linked to the major events in political ecology, in connection with natural or urban environments.

  • Artistic direction
    Artistic direction

    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.