The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, January 19, 2018

Jeu de Paume's virtual space offers a take on the issues surrounding energy and food management
The French artistic duo examine flora in terms of its active immobility, its flexibility and adaptability, and its relevance as a model for devising new economic and social schemas.

PARIS.- The interactive platform of artists Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot in the Jeu de Paume’s virtual space offers an unusual take on the issues surrounding energy and food management.

One of the sections of this online project is devoted to the Global Seed Vault, an underground bunker in the Svalbard archipelago, inside the Arctic circle, where seeds of all the plants that provide food for humans are kept. Another section enables users to log onto a live stream from Kirkenes, a small town in northern Norway, strategically located on the Barents Sea, where prospecting for gas and oil reserves takes place.

The French artistic duo examine flora in terms of its active immobility, its flexibility and adaptability, and its relevance as a model for devising new economic and social schemas. In a globalised world where it is no longer possible to flee, the artists see plant stratagems as ultra-contemporary models, drawing on them for inspiration to create their “Devenir Graine” platform.

This work, with its diversity of content and media, takes as its starting point Kirkenes, a small town in northern Norway, strategically located on the Barents Sea, and the islands of the Svalbard archipelago, situated inside the Arctic circle, which provide a metaphorical illustration of the relations between man and nature.

By combining poetry, fiction, documentary, interviews and performance, “Devenir Graine” takes a surrealist journey through the contemporary Arctic while tackling the hottest geopolitical and geostrategic issues: global warming, urban development, cross-border collaboration between Norway and Russia, opening up of the Schengen zone, managing fossil fuel and nuclear resources, as well as the development of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and the commercialisation of living things. This project imagines the Arctic as a gigantic back up, a huge protective reserve, for a biocentric humankind living in environments that are climate-controlled and designed to order. “The fridge world” – a promise of death and eternity.

“The closest populated land to the north Pole is the Svalbard archipelago, situated inside the Arctic circle, more than a thousand kilometres to the north of the Scandinavian peninsula. for a long time, the place served as a base camp for whalers. Today it is inhabited by 3,000 polar bears and 2,600 humans, for the most part norwegians and Russians, mostly concentrated on Spitzberg island, and working in mining, tourism and scientific research. Svalbard University, which has around 500 students and teachers from twenty-five countries is located at Longyearbyen, formerly Longyear City, named after john Munroe Longyear, who founded the Arctic coal company. Longyearbyen is also the site of the Global Seed Vault, excavated out of a sandstone mountain and inaugurated in 2008*”.

A section of this internet project is devoted to this universal seed bank, with filmed interviews, photographs and maps of places, sound recordings, films and testimonies.

The many specialists interviewed include: Cary fowler, former executive director of Global Crop Diversity Trust, which set up the seed bank; Roland Von Bothmer, professor of genetics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science; eirik newth, astrophysicist; Kirill Korbrin, journalist for Radio europe/ Radio Liberty, Prague; William engdahl author of the book Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation and natalja Kalinina, researcher with the Knipovich Polar Research institute of Marine fisheries and Oceanography (Pinro), Russia.

3D simulations of the seed bank designed by the artists allow you to explore the corridors of this space interactively. Through short stories, in which science fiction cohabits with accounts of scientific research in the Arctic, the artists give you the chance to imagine the atmosphere in this freezing underground bunker. This multiform body of work will be regularly enriched by other online artistic features.

The botanist francis hallé, in an interview with the philosopher Raphaël Bessis, explains that “The plant, being fixed, must endure the vicissitudes of the environment where it is located. it cannot leave, and if it is not capable of flexibility it dies. One can thus understand how extraordinarily flexible, even labile and fluid, systems become established, and that applies to both the external form as well as behaviour and the genome. To an extent, a plant must be capable of changing itself, otherwise it will disappear because it is not adapted to its environment. An animal, if it does not like its conditions, has the option of moving until it finds satisfactory conditions. in this respect, it does not need to change itself very much. Animal flexibility in its external form is low, and the same applies to its genome. it has no reason to change itself internally. A single genome suits it.”

Today's News

August 11, 2014

An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

Sotheby's reports first half 2014 financial results: 24% increase in net auction sales

After filing a UN application, Canada launches mission to map, claim North Pole

"House on the Corner": Latvia's former KGB headquarters gives up its dark secrets

The Prado Museum and "la Caixa" present 'The Captive Beauty: Small Treasures at the Prado Museum'

Final weeks of 'Kandinsky: A Retrospective' at the Milwaukee Art Museum

First retrospective of Carrier-Belleuse's oeuvre on view at Musées et domaine nationaux du Palais de Compiègne

The Future of Fashion is Now: Follow the making of an exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'The Madeleine Shelter and Laugerie Basse, 15,000 years ago' on view at Musée national de Préhistoire

Exhibition at National Museum of the American Indian portrays 20th-century Oklahoma in black and white

Davos Mountains in Expressionist paintings by Philipp Bauknecht on view at Museum Würth Künzelsau

Renowned collection of post WWII and contemporary prints travels to Bellevue Arts Museum

Exhibition at Bonnefantenmuseum presents its collection in an investigative way

Two special exhibitions on view at the Columbia Museum of Art

LA Art Show marks 20th anniversary at January 2015 event; International gallery component at capacity

Cleveland Museum of Art reports strong gains in attendance, membership, fundraising

Lyon & Turnbull to sell rare early Bellany painting

The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

Sotheby's Hong Kong Autumn 2014 Sale Series to take place from 4 to 8 October

Jeu de Paume's virtual space offers a take on the issues surrounding energy and food management

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- National Air and Space Museum releases "VR Hangar" app

2.- Inrap discovers a mikveh in the medieval Jewish quarter of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux

3.- Wellcome Collection acquires 17th century portrait of internationally renowned and hirsute Barbara van Beck

4.- The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation names Ghislain d'Humieres to oversee its core operations

5.- LACMA exhibits for the first time two photographic series by Richard Prince

6.- Jade and gold burial suit, finest to survive ancient China, featured in Nelson-Atkins exhibition

7.- Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from the Museum of Gothenburg in Sweden

8.- Vincent van Gogh's 'Watermill at Kollen' on display at Het Noordbrabants Museum

9.- Saint Louis Art Museum will acquire 'Portrait of Charlotte Cram' by John Singer Sargent

10.- British Museum opens the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful