Ground Control podcast with Paul Ardenne

Ground Control podcast with Paul Ardenne


On Monday, February 3, COAL participates in the Ground Control podcast with Paul Ardenne in an attempt to answer the big question, “Creation, a weapon of mass protection for life?”

Since prehistoric times, nature has been an infinite source of inspiration for artists and creators. Life-size sculpture, miniature works, even in still life, Art is often the fruit of the living. But how does Art evolve in the face of the environmental crisis? Can it impact the public by positioning itself as a defender of life?


  • Joan Pronnier, project manager at COAL, project manager of VIVANT, a cultural season for biodiversity.
  • Paul Ardenne, art historian, curator and writer.
  • Thierry Boutonnier, artist arborisculptor.
A program presented by Frédéric Haury

Topics covered:

01’30 : Presentation of Paul Ardenne
01’55 : Presentation of COAL and the VIVANT season
05’00 : The link between Art and Life
12’05 : Examples of artists linked to life or nature
19’50 : Meeting with the artist Thierry Boutonnier
21’00 : Collective creations and ecological artists
30’45: The role of science in the field of art
33’05 : The creations of bio-acousticians and audio naturalists
38’00 : The identity crisis of art
39’00 : The relationship between art and financing
46’10: The role and power of artists
49’45: Art, a weapon for the protection of life
50’40 : Can Art change behavior?
54’55: The projects of our guests

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    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
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    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.