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Journées d'études

Journées d’études

L'Art racine

L’Art racine

14 January 2015 > 15 January 2015

Yves Chaudouët, "Vers la terre, vers le ciel", 2005, encre sur papier © ADAGP 2015

Study days organised by Yves Chaudouët

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 9:30am-17:30pm
Thursday 15 January 2015, 9:30am-4:30pm
At the Diapason, University of Rennes 1

Bringing together artists and researchers in the humanities and the natural sciences, these study days address the arts and sciences. Their title, L’Art racine (Art at the Root), is a tribute to Barnett Newman, who wrote, «There has never been a classic style in history... Those who believe that classicism is possible are the same who feel that art is the flower of society rather than its root*».

Yves Chaudouët shares with Newman the political stance that sets art not on the decorative or distractive margin of society, but at the very heart of social process. This is why he wanted to explore this version of utopia in terms of man’s relationships with nature.

Is art at the root of society a real possibility? When certain «owners» of water regard free access to this essential resource as «an extremist position», we have every right to wonder if the making of art is no less channelled by politico-economic systems. What about the sources – and teaching, knowledge and creativity too?
Is situating art at the root a utopian affirmation in conflict with a certain form of reality in which art has the role and status of entertainment, pure commodity and expensive soporific? Whenever art is channelled, and in whatever way, are we not confronted with a takeover of the freedom of meaning for the benefit of a culture and entertainment industry, and to the detriment of more vital issues?

The first part of the study days is about the links between biodiversity and « beaudiversité », the second questions the art and research as active fallows.

Thematic and participants

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 9:30am-5:30pm
From biodiversity to « beaudiversité » 9:45am : Flower and Root, introduction générale par Yves Chaudouët

Morning: What are the conditions for the emergence of diversity in nature and art?
Participants: Marcel Bouché (gardener, agronomist, ecologist and epistemologist), Mark Brown (artist, gardener and botanist), Caroline Cieslik (artist)
Moderator: Astrid Verspieren (landscape architect)

Afternoon: Environment and diversity aren’t they contradictory concepts?
Participants: Alain Canard (arachnologist),Stéphane Corréard (curator and art critic), Éric Hazan (to be confirmed) (writer, editor et doctor)
Moderator: Christophe Viart (artist)

Thursday 15 January 2015, 10am-6pm
Part 2: Art as « public property»

Morning: Why collect the living and art?
For humanists, progressives, economic and speculative purposes?
Participants: Joël Boustié (phytochemist), Vincent Demeusoy (gardener and landscape architect), Yannick Miloux (director oh FRAC Limousin),
Moderator: Sophie Kaplan (director of La Criée)

Afternoon: Law and art
Participants: Monique Chemillier-Gendreau (lawyer), Julie Morel (artist), Catherine Rannou (artist, architect)
Moderator: Yves Chaudouët (artist)

* Barnett Newman, Selected Writings and Interviews (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992) p. 168.

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