Living matters

Living matters souhaite réinitier la symbiose entre l’humanité et son environnement en mettant en lumière l’impact de la présence humaine sur un espace contrôlé.
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Temps de lecture 2 minutes

Living matters seeks to reinitiate a symbiosis between humanity and its environment by highlighting the impact of human presence in a controlled space.

The whole installation consists of three areas corresponding to three metaphors of natural areas (a jungle, a garden and a waterfall) where the presence and actions of the participants build, order and recompose an harmonious environment to illustrate the possibility that the action of mankind can be positive and beneficial to nature.

The jungle consists in vines falling from the ceiling which produce music by the touch of the participants..

At the heart of the garden is a raised sandbox that vibrates. The vibrations generates geometric patterns on the sand which will evolve according to the participants’ move and position..

The waterfall consists of an endless mirror, a mist screen on the ground and a set of stones. Aquatic textures are projected onto the mirror and on the ground. Those textures evolve and change while the participants manipulate the stones.

The concept:

The first things that come to mind when it comes to the consequences of human activity on the environment are negative: depletion of natural resources, mass extinction, climate change … But this point of view stems from the principle that human beings are purely cultural and therefore essentially unnatural. Indeed, focusing on the current environmental situation is to forget the past 10,000 years of human history in which humanity and nature evolved together in harmony. The nature of today is not natural: even in the heart of the countryside or in the depths of a forest, the landscape has been shaped by humans. The location of the fields, meadows, forests and plant and animal species are the result of choices of human societies.
The current perception of environmental risk stems from the very same bias. Indeed, nature is changing: the landscape changes due to droughts and floods, crop boundaries change and so on. But nature in itself does not disappear. The true wild nature persists. The domesticated one disappears. And this because human beings perceived themselves unnatural mentally allowing them to consider the environment as a commodity and not as a living space.
Living matters seeks to reinitiate a symbiosis between humanity and its environment by highlighting the impact of human presence in a controlled space. The whole installation consists of three areas corresponding to three metaphors of natural areas where the presence and actions of the participants build, order and recompose an harmonious environment to illustrate the possibility that the action of mankind can be positive and beneficial to nature. Living Matters wants to regain the paradigm lost: human nature.

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