L’éclogitisation, ou le lent processus d’amnésie


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L’éclogitisation, ou le lent processus d’amnésie

Past: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM


A talk with Melissa Dubbin, Aaron S. Davidson (artists), Maxime Guitton (curator), and Violaine Sautter (geologist)

Drawing from their installation on view in the exhibition “Co-Workers: Beyond Disaster”, artists Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, in conversation with geologist Violaine Sautter and curator Maxime Guitton, will dwell on what we can learn from time taken at geological scale and from the slow transformation process of metamorphic rocks. Taking inspiration from J.W. Dunne’s “An Experiment with Time” (1927) and George Kubler’s “The Shape of Time” (1961), the talk will discuss how objects, and stones in particular, can transmit what they have witnessed or forecast what is to come. This open conversation with geologist Violaine Sautter, here cast as the “geolinguist” — in reference to a short story in which science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin imagines a character able to read “the wholly atemporal, cold, vol-canic poetry of the rocks” * — will examine how the language of minerals can shed light on our understanding of what we now call the Anthropocene.

  • “The Author of the Acacia Seeds, and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics”, 1974, originally published in The Compass Rose, New York: Harper and Row, 1982.

Free admission
The talk will be held in English

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9, esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rdc de la Halle aux Farines
Face aux Grands Moulins de Paris sur le campus de l’Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot

75013 Paris

T. 01 45 84 17 56


Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Wu Tsang
  • Nobuko Tsuchiya
  • Antoine Catala
  • Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
  • Jasmina Metwaly & Philip Rizk
  • Ian Cheng
  • Haytham El Wardany
  • Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson & Violaine Sautter
  • Vilém Flusser & Louis Bec
  • David Ohle
And 2 others…