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Friday, March 15 – 4:15pm

Scam Invite #10

Hybridation, l’état des matières

A meeting between an artist and a geomorphologist, Friday March 15, 2024, at 4:15pm in the Georges Conchon room, during VIDÉOFORMES 2024 in Clermont-Ferrand.

What if the survival of life on earth lay in hybridization? Not just inter-species crossbreeding, but a combination of the living, animal and/or plant, or even mineral, that would lead us towards a less anthropocentric world. Indeed, in the age of artificial intelligence and scientific advances, a number of previously unthinkable associations now seem to be a real possibility. Through its etymology (in Latin, hybrida means “mixed blood”), the term “hybridization” suggests a crossbreeding that does not follow natural laws: it’s the act of combining several species, matter, techniques or even thoughts, to bring about the birth of a singular, complex object combining specific characteristics, initial entities. In geology, hybridization is the mixing of two magmas, synonymous with assimilation.

In Auvergne, accompanied by VIDEOFORMES, Yosra Mojtahedi is taking part in a residency in which she is developing a sculptural and interactive work that questions the boundary between the living and the non-living, through sculptures considered to be “human-machines” and “body-fountains”. Hailing from a country where the body is taboo and its representation forbidden, her work is by contrast sensual, sensory, tactile, and olfactory. As part of VIDEOFORMES 2024, she presents Volcanahita, her latest work.
Emmanuelle Defive‘s research focuses on the history of valley excavation over the last 10 million years. She explores dynamic fluvial-volcanic-climate interactions and the history of environmental fluctuations, society/environment interactions and landscapes, of the Quaternary (last 2-3 million years), the Holocene (last 10 thousand years), and prehistorical period. Her main focus is on the Massif Central, on the borders of the Vivarais and Velay regions.

Yosra Mojtahedi, born in Teheran in 1986 and a graduate of Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts, explores art, science, and technology, focusing on Soft Robotics and anthropology. Her sculptural installations, drawings, and photography reveal organic, mystical landscapes that question the boundary between the living and non-living. Inspired by Persian architecture, she creates timeless, feminist spaces where plants, animals, minerals, and bodies merge to abolish boundaries. She was awarded the ADAGP’s Digital Art-Video Art Revelation prize in 2020.

Emmanuelle Defive was born in 1967. A geographer specializing in geomorphology, she is a lecturer in the geography department of the Université Clermont Auvergne and a member of the GEOLAB laboratory (UMR 6042 CNRS). At the heart of the Massif Central, her research focuses on erosion rates, hydrographic networks, formation mapping, and the evolution and dynamics of rivers, glaciers, and volcanoes. In paleoecology and geoarchaeology, she is interested in human-environment interaction in glacial, Holocene, and historical timescales.

La Scam Invites, in partnership with the festivals it supports, proposes unexpected dialogues between two personalities from different worlds: culture, science, philosophy, engineering, music, architecture, visual arts, mathematics, landscape, anthropology…

La Scam Invites is developed and hosted by Gilles Coudert, writer-director. The Scam’s Commission for Emerging Writing and Forms is a partner of VIDEOFORMES 2024.

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