De lents semencements

Abstract : De Lents Semencements (« Slow Seedings ») is a thesis in visual arts creation. In accordance with the principals laid out by the SACRe doctoral programme (Science, Arts, Creation, Research), the thesis is comprised of a number of pieces, some of which will be exhibited during the viva, as well as a written component that retraces and questions the process.The thesis presented here is made up of four notebooks of varying dimensions, an explanatory notice concerning the exhibition and a digital file of work. Numbered 1 to 4, the notebooks can be read in random order. The digital files contain videos to which the notebooks refer.This research is based on the notion of control: control, mastery, the obsession with dominion, for which men and science contend over natural phenomena, including the manipulation of the world.Thus, we have tried to capture and cultivate the substances which make up that which, in its broadest sense, is called the atmosphere (or atmospheres), be they physical (the air which surrounds us, or clouds) or psychological, a shift in the meaning adopted in the approach of the final notebook. By creative licence, the latter substances are referred to as al-chemical.The pieces presented in the notebooks, and the research that led to them, were first of all inspired precisely by scientific methods observed in a physics laboratory of the CNRS, the laboratory of Physics and Mechanics of Heterogeneous Environments (UMR 7636, ESPCI Paris). This thesis reveals that the aesthetic process deviates and sometimes diverts (even perverts) the goals of the laboratory. Scientific protocol was thus used as a metaphor or a poetic process associated with a sort of epistemological survey, especially regarding the public’s reception of science (attractiveness, confidence and incomprehension; in short, faith and gullibility).The four notebooks describe the evolution of the doctoral research in chronological order. The first takes stock of work in the laboratory. The second gathers together a series of projects all relating to efforts to control and represent the atmosphere in a physical way – in this instance the work has to do with clouds. The third is an installation in the form of an aviary, a performance realised with flies, as part of an exhibition surrounding questions of epigenetics. The fourth notebook reflects the temptation to escape scientific rigour in order to explore the possibilities of a confident reception by the public, centred on a protocol that consists in measuring the chemical components of a psychological atmosphere.
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Marie-Luce Nadal. De lents semencements. Art et histoire de l'art. PSL Research University, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017PSLET032⟩. ⟨tel-02268820⟩

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