Hexagram co-researchers and student members present at an event organized as part of La nuit des idées.

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 2:20pm to 5:50pm

Where: Hexagram’s Youtube Channel &

As part of the 2021 La nuit des idées, for which the theme is “Closer”, a distributed, transatlantic, multi-site and networked apparatus will be activated to discuss, visit an exposition (Matières d’image and the artwork Fossilisation, during Hors-Pistes Festival , Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), and discover research-creation practices that interrogate, from environmental and societal perspectives, the materiality of images and of interfaces that can bring us closer. In addition to formal discussions, the event will include video capsules and integrate a resolutely performative format, anchored in action, making, and demo, and that from the very locations of creation and dissemination (Centre Pompidou, Paris; Speculative Life Biolab, Milieux Institute, Concordia University).

In the context of the current sanitary crisis, which reflects the ecological crisis, images act as both remedy and problem : they enable the limitation of displacements and the possibility of social relations, at a distance. They also have an ecological impact that can no longer be neglected. How to rethink the materiality of the image in light of this dual approach? How to implement images which, by their materiality, bring us closer together, and closer together with the environment?

The reflection will be modulated by three pivotal concepts: (1) fossil-imprint, which will question the eco-signatures left by contemporary images; (2) residual energy, which will question methods of capture and recovery of energy linked to images and; (3) matter-data, which will critically examine the ubiquity of big data and its infrastructural as well as socio-environmental weight. This event will therefore be an opportunity to construct a reflection and a collective dialogue on planetary futures, in connection with major projects of technological infrastructure that condition the production and circulation of images.


Brice Ammar-Khodja (Individualized Program, EnsadLab – Université Concordia)
Sofian Audry (École des médias, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Alexandra Bachmayer (Design and Computation Arts, Université Concordia)
Martin Beauregard (Création et nouveaux médias, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue)
Samuel Bianchini (EnsadLab et Chaire arts et Sciences, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Frédéric Bigras-Burrogano (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Marie-Pier Boucher (Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology, Université de Toronto Mississauga)
Antoine Caron (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Theo Chauvirey (Maîtrise en Design, Université Concordia)
Maria Checkhanovich (Studio Arts, Université Concordia)
Jean Dubois (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal) Delfina Fantini Van Ditmar (Design Products, Royal College of Arts)
Géraldine Gomez (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)
Matthew Halpenny (Design and Computation Arts, Université Concordia)
Orit Halpern (Sociologie et Anthropologie, Université Concordia)
Alice Jarry (Design and Computation Arts, Université Concordia)
Raphaëlle Kerbrat (EnsadLab et Chaire arts et Sciences, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Annie Leuridan (Design lumière, EnsadLab, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Vanessa Mardirossian (Individualized Program, Université Concordia)
Filipe Pais (EnsadLab, École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Guillaume Pascale (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Archie Reid (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Miranda Smitheram (Design and Computation Arts, Université Concordia)
Gisèle Trudel (Arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Philippe Vandal (Intermedia Cyber Arts, Université Concordia)
Lee Wilkins (School of Information, Université de Toronto)

Organized in partnership with the Museum of Arts et Métiers and the Centre Pompidou, this event is co-developed by Hexagram – International Network for Research-Creation in Arts, Culture and Technology – and the research-creation team of the international project Membranes in action: Multidisciplinary Creation of Sustainable Interfaces between Communities, Ecological Milieux and the Built Environment (dir. Alice Jarry, Concordia University, Montreal; Samuel Bianchini , EnsadLab – laboratoire de l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – Université PSL; Marie-Pier Boucher, University of Toronto Mississauga).The project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Concordia University (Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology); The Chaire arts & sciences of École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs-PSL and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. With the support of the Institut français, the Consulat général de France à Québec and the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris.



Description and photo credits:
Fossilation, installation, 2020-2021 (detail). Bioplastic membrane, an apparatus for harvesting residual energy interacting with light, 2021. A project designed collectively by rice Ammar-Khodja, Alexandra Bachmayer, Samuel Bianchini, Marie-Pier Boucher, Didier Bouchon, Maria Chekhanovich, Matthew Halpenny, Alice Jarry, Raphaëlle Kerbrat, Annie Leuridan, Vanessa Mardirossian, Asa Perlman, Philippe Vandal and Lucile Vareilles, as part of a collaboration between the Milieux Institute (Concordia University), EnsadLab (École des Arts Décoratifs and its Chair in Arts and Sciences) and the University of Toronto Mississauga.
With the collaboration of Louise Rustan (Light Design) and Théo Chauvirey, Corentin Loubet, Joséphine Mas and Simon Paugoy (technical support)
Photo: Vanessa Mardirossian

Multi-site and networked video production:
Video streaming platform: Colin Bouvry
Website: Alexandre Dechosal
Graphic Design: Dimitri Charrel
Video @ Centre Pompidou : Alain Declercq, with Brice Ammar-Khodja, Pierre Bouchilloux (drone images), Arnaud Pichon (sound) and Thomas Vauthier
Video by Hexagram @ Milieux Institute, Concordia University : Jason Pomrenski (technical director), Guillaume Pascale (video, editing, translation) and Jean-François Gagnon (sound)
Video @ Musée des arts et métiers : Point sur image



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