18/09/2015 - 16:00 to 19/09/2015 - 18:00

VITA NOVA, a Synenergene event (September 18-19, 2015), has been conceived as an artistic, citizens and scientific meeting. It comes with other events: DYIBio colloquium (June 26, 2015), The BOULLIMICS (November 2015 - March 2016), LIFES QUESTIONS (October 2015 - April 2016), until the Life festival (FESTIVAL VIVANT) in June 2016.

The meeting features the works of fifteen or so artists and designers: David Guez, ORLAN, Catherine Nyeki, Carole Collet, Claude Cehes, Mael Le Mée, Sarah Garzoni, Maud LC, Louis Rigaud, Catherine Voison, Golnaz Behrouznia, Marion Orfila, Matthias Schmitt. Virginie Thibaud, actress, contributes also.

VITA NOVA is centered on 2 poles: the interdependences of organisms; and the manufacture of artifacts, as artificial products made by humans. It intends to explore the differences and similarities between the living creativity, the technical creativity and the artistic creativity. Thus playing between possibles and fantasies, each visitor would be engaged to dialogue and thinking.

The Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University is managing the event which is conceived in a “spiral” where stakeholders are involved progressively to achieve a “Life Festival” in June 2016. Partners (social innovation structures, High schools, public and private institutions, NGOs....) are mobilized in a Prospective Committee in order to support the project.


Friday, September 18, 2015 (16:00-22:00)

16:00 - Welcome

Walking in the "life archipelago", from interdependences to artifacts

18:00 - Opening and short speeches by artists and scientists - Molecular cocktail

20:00 – 21:30 - Round table

The forbidden experiment: conversation on technical, scientific and symbolic frontiers

Introduction: “Making of a chicken”, a film by Mael Le Mée


ORLAN, visual artist

Jean-Michel Besnier, professor of philosophy, Paris 1 Sorbonne University, author of “L'homme simplifié, le syndrome de la touche étoile”, Fayard, 2012 (The simplified man: the star touch syndrome)

Philippe Marlière, biologist, ISSB, cofounder of the companies Isthmus and Global Bioenergies

Carole Collet, professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, Central Saint Martins, UAL, UK


Saturday, September 19, 2015 (9:30-18:00)

9:30 - Welcome

Walking in the "life archipelago"

Discussions with artists, designers and scientists


10:00 - Catherine Voison, visual artist, technonaturalist

Memorabilia, or what is going to result from transgenesis

With Guillaume Lecointre, biologist, Natural History Museum

10:45 - Maud LC, artist, "JeMonde" Workshop: Share your visions and commitments

11:30 - Rémi Sussan, new technologies specialist, author of “Les utopies post-humaines” (2005) (The posthuman utopias)

Simplicity and complexity: what can be predicted?

12:15 - Speed dating workshop, introduction with a performance art by Virginie Thibaud, actress (“Mise en pieces” company)

13:00 - 14:00: Buffet

14:00 – Wiithaa Workshop: Improve your habitats with bioinspiration

15:00 - Miquel Benasayag, philosopher and psychoanalyst, coauthor of “Fabriquer le vivant ?” (2012) (Making a living?)

Weaknesses as chances for the future

16:30 - Maud LC, artist, "JeMonde" Workshop: Share your visions and commitments

17:30 - Closing

Disrupting innovation? So what?

Marie-Gabrielle Jouan, cofounder of BGene company, Jacques Ninio, CNRS emeritus professor


Galerie LE DAUME 69 av. Daumesnil
75012 PARIS
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