Viral - Nanterre-Amandiers

Visuel : Shoshanah Dubiner, Endosymbiosis

Viral - Nanterre-Amandiers
7 avenue Pablo‑Picasso
Nanterre, FR 92022


A conference-performance of

Bruno Latour & Frédérique Aït-Touati

15 — 17 April 2021
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Inspired by the thoughts of American biologist Lynn Margulis, philosopher Bruno Latour and director Frédérique Aït-Touati continue to investigate our representations of the terrestrial, biotic and abiotic world in a new talk/performance piece.

This latest installment of the triptych plays off of the apparently incommensurable scales involved, namely the infinitely distant of astronomical exploration and the infinitely small of contemporary biology. Examples include microbes, which are notorious for transmitting diseases and causing death. But as biologist Marie-Sarah Adenis notes in her seminal book Gloire aux microbes, “the protective and creative power of these little lives is immense, and their existence is absolutely vital to us.”

Biology and the sciences of the earth system force us to rethink our place in the world profoundly. With the ongoing health crisis, we have realized one more time how much we are caught up in material dependencies, that is, a co-evolution with pathogens, viruses. Why are we unable to identify those material dependencies until we are grappling with brutal crises? The talk/performance piece proposes to give them a new place through a thinking experience: making those co-dependencies the center of gravity of how we conceive social and political belonging.



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