Art and biosphere, Birth of a consciousness

Art and biosphere, Birth of a consciousness

April 20-22, 2016The Ecole supérieure d’Art de Aix-en-Provence invites COAL alongside artists, designers, architects, specialists and researchers to present and confront their projects and research during meetings and round tables. The interaction between these actors leads to an interdisciplinary confrontation and aims to inspire audiences to think differently about the relationship with our ecosystems.

For half a century, artists have been questioning and creating with and around our biosphere, from the macrocosm of galaxies to the microcosm of living cells, passing through landscapes and biotopes. Their aesthetic responses are multiple, ranging from poetic to concrete solutions. They invite us to reconsider the condition of man within nature, but also nature itself seen as a living entity.


Wednesday, April 20 – 2:00-6:00 pm

  • 2pm | Introduction by Sigrid Pawelke, teacher atESAAix
  • 14h15 | Restitution of the KARST project (karst and aquifer rock networks), Camargo Foundation, by SamuelBordreuil, sociologist, Katie Holten (Ireland) and Susan Schwartzenberg (USA), artists.
  • 15h45 | An eco-design approach (two projects in progress: Participatory gardens of La Marcotte and Eco design of the sets for the Festival d’Art Lyrique of Aix-en-Provence) by Yannick Le Guiner, Eco Design, Gardanne
  • 16h30 |
    Thierry Boutonnier
    artist, Lyon
  • 5:30 pm | Restitution of the project ” Garden/garden “ at the Superior School of Art of Aix-en-Provence

Thursday, April 21 – 9:30am-12:30pm

  • 9:30 a.m. | Materiality of art and ecological issues by Pierre Paliard, art historian
  • 10:15 a.m. | Some reflections on the concepts of medium and matter by Michel Guérin, philosopher
  • 11h00 |
    Isabelle Daëron
    Isabelle Daëron, artist-designer, Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)

Thursday, April 21 – 2-6pm

Friday, April 22 – 9:30am-12:30pm

  • 9:30 am | Agriculture and migration by Frédéric Decosse, sociologist at LEST, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University
  • 10h30 |
    Till Roeskens
    Till Roeskens, artist-walker/explorer, Marseille
  • 11h15 |
    Nicolas Bonnenfant
    COLOCO collective, landscape architect, Paris

Friday, April 22 – 2-6pm

  • 14h | Loic Fel, co-founder of the association COAL – Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development
  • 15h | Fanny Bordier, project director of the association M-topia, Marseille
  • 15h20 | Julie Chénot, Program Director of the Camargo Foundation, Cassis
  • 15:45 | Christopher Crimes, Artistic Director, Nature Addict Fund
  • 16:00 | Round table with cultural actors: “Opportunities and innovations of new formats” for artists, researchers and cultural actors in the field of art and nature.


Art and biosphere
Birth of a conscience

Thematic meetings from April 20 to 22, 2016, from 9:30 am to 6 pm
Amphitheater of the Superior School of Art
rue Emile Tavan, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Free admission subject to availability
Curators : Sigrid Pawelke & Pierre Paliard


école supérieure d'art d'aix-en-provence
Rue Emile Tavan, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 91 88 70 – 04 42 91 88 69 [fax]

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  • 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.