Changing Era: The Sciences and Arts of the Anthropocene

Changing Era: The Sciences and Arts of the Anthropocene

The FIAC Hors les murs joins COAL and the MNHN to organize a series of lectures on Art and Science as part of its journey of works around the sciences of Nature presented at the Jardin des Plantes and the National Museum of Natural History.

For the fourth consecutive year, COAL organizes and animates this conference cycle, around the theme Change of era: sciences and arts of the anthropocene. Three round tables propose a dialogue between an artist, a scientist from the Museum and a thinker around the interactions between art, science and commitment.


HABITATE NATURE, Thursday, October 22 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Auditorium of the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, 75013 Paris

In the city as well as at the bottom of the oceans, our organizations impact nature in the most direct way, through the occupation of the territory, to the most insidious and distant way, through our pollution. How to live on Earth today?

With the participation of :
Patrick Blandin, biologist
Christophe Bonneuil, historian of science
Pascale Marthine Tayou, artist

THE PRECIOUSNESS OF THE BANAL, Friday, October 23, 6pm – 8pm
Auditorium of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, 75005 Paris

Far from the vision of the exceptional and rare “beautiful nature”, ecology shows us how crucial the common biodiversity is. This revaluation of the banal does not fail to clash with our old value systems.

With the participation of :
Hicham Berrada, artist
Vinciane Despret, philosopher of science
Cynthia Fleury, philosopher and psychoanalyst

KEEPING YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND, Saturday, October 24, 6pm – 8pm
Bulles d’air MeetCOP21 on the banks of the Seine, between the Pont de la Concorde and the Passerelle L.S.Senghor, 75007 Paris

The very notion of the Anthropocene, the age of man, is based on the observation that humanity has an impact on the geology of the planet. Soil, as a support for living organisms, is becoming a major issue, yet it is little valued in our representations.

With the participation of :
Bruno Latour, sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher of science
Eva Moreno, geochemist and paleoclimatologist
Otobong Nkanga, artist


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MOOC Art and Ecology
Meeting between Andrea Olga Mantovani and Baptiste Morizot

  • 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.