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What does it mean to live in the anthropocene? How do we get there? And who will we be?
To think the anthropocene takes putting into question our relationships to all things and beings, from nature to technology. It means to realign and to readapt – to set humankind into new proportions. If 'nature' was the first colonized object of modern European thinking and conquering, then the concept of the anthropocene may demand us to leave the humanistic scope of western thought. But how do you propel yourself into a new mindset?
In order to map the bio-geo-chemical as well as the imaginary and spiritual state of things, the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge2 assembles a multitude of experiences – from scientific research to children’s books, from political activism to artistic exploration, from utopian speculation to critical reflection.
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In parallel of the Blackmarket, the collectif Essai presents in the Auditorium of the Musee de l’Homme three episodes of Essay of a Negotiation3, an investigation into formal dialogue and protocol procedures, and how official regulations shape the diplomatic outcome. By documenting a simulation of COP21, “Make it work”, the films allow for a close look at the process of reaching political agreements.

The program in 75 questions

What can the Rromani people teach us about adaptation? (Marcel Courthiade) How can we live in a society without women? (Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita4) How did prehistoric hominids survived to climate change? (Marie-Hélène Moncel) How do Inuits cope when faced with the decrease of ice field? (Sylvie Teveny) How vegetarianism and spirituality coexist? (Nadim Ghodbane)

How might the relationship between modern Western medicine and alternative medicines be rethought? (Anahita Grisoni) How can we deal with a goat’s pyschosomatic disorder, and what are the consequences on its milk? (Jennifer Teets) How can the history of man help us to understand the anthropocene? (Évelyne Heyer) How can we understand the contradictions of the concept of the anthropocene? (Catherine Larrère) If the Earth is nothing but a planet in the galaxy of the cosmic suburbs, then what anthropocene do we speak of? (Catitu Tayassu)

At what about the decolonization of our perceptions? (Seloua Luste Boulbina) How can we overcome a colonial heritage still present in the eurocentrism of today’s environmental politics? (Françoise Vergès) How can we rethink the politics of design and space in the era of the anthropocene? (Léopold Lambert) What if radiation, conduction, convection, pressure, evaporation and digestion were considered architectural elements for our living spaces? (Philippe Rahm) Will biomimetics permit humans to face the changing conditions of the world? (Kalina Raskin)

Why is it urgent to read Donna Haraway(5)? (Nathalie Magnan) How can we maintain relations with the deads? (Vinciane Despret6) How Icelanders coexist with nature and invisible beings? (Sigrún Úlfarsdóttir) Are we part of Nature? (Guillaume Lecointre) The capital market is part of the problem, but can it also be part of the solution? (Pierre Ducret)

What would have happened if the liberal and “communist” scientists, who had dominated the United States’ nuclear program during the war, had stayed? (Ewen Chardronnet) From the Cold War to geoengineering, what political history of “Spaceship Earth”? (Sébastian Grevsmühl) Are we all equal in front of the ecological crisis? (Razmig Keucheyan) How can those most vulnerable overcome climate change? (Vaia Tuuhia) What is this new species of information bots, who coexist with us in the techno-natural world of the anthropocene? (Marie Lechner)

How will the hero Tristam understand meteorological phenomena in order to prevent the Tyrant from transforming the climate into a weapon of war? (Judith Boon) How to tell the history of nature to children? (Rachel Easterman-Ulmann) How can Alice help us comprehend the land of the anthropocene? (Émilie Notéris) How can we coexist with the reapparition of wilde species in Europe? (Patrick Degeorges) In what ways can farmers coexist with predators? (Nora Kravis)

How might the production of different temporal realities become a political tool? (Nana Adusei-Poku) What is ecofeminism? (Isabelle Cambourakis) What is the place of Man in the biosphere? (Paul Watson) How can ancestral values accompany the climate objectives of Easter Island? (Hugo Teave) What is the impact of migration on societies? (Hervé Le Bras)

What do ladybirds teach us about the notion of invasive migrants? (Romain Nattier) How does a marine flatworm obtain a fluorescent green color, as well as manage to regenerate its brain, by living with a microalgae? (Xavier Bailly) Why do gases, despite their replacement, continue to impact the ozone layer? (Sophie Godin-Beekmann) How can we obtain answers about the beginning of the universe by observing the very small? (Sophie Houdart) How are microbes necessary to plants and animals, as well as to humans? (Marc-André Selosse)

Can architecture and design remedy the dramatic consequences of natural resource extraction? (Annick Labeca) What can we still learn from plastics—modernity’s most contradictory material? (Florence Hachez-Leroy) How will ecosystems respond to ongoing global changes? (Sonia Kéfi) What do space programs serve? (Silvia Casalino7) What would become of us if we were to truly leave Earth, without ever possibly returning? (Fabien Giraud8) What is the meaning of life? (Yann Minh) How can we counter “climate indolence”? (Yoann Moreau)

How might the point of view of insects help us to develop an ethic? (Philippe Grandcolas) How can we dance for animals? (Krõõt Juurak) How can we learn from chimpanzees? (Sabrina Krief9) What can we expect from the close connection with domestic animals in the future? (Maja Smrekar et Lord Byron) How might the notion of Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Western modern civilization be paired? (Jean Paul Guevara)

Where have we hidden our nature? (Annamaria Lammel) How can we integrate nature into our history? (Grégory Quenet) Can we accept that the dam determines the fate of the river? (Catitu Tayassu) How can we save mangroves? (Tarik Meziane) What is the specificity of vegetal? (Sylvie Pouteau)

How can we represent a phenomenon as abstract as climate change? (Armin Linke10) How can we give voice to non-human agents? (Axel Meunier) Why is there a danger of temporal confusion around the concept of the Anthropocene? (Patrick De Wever) What stories does a core sample carry with it? (Benjamin Steininger) Do plants belong to nature or culture? (Ingrid Paola Amaro)

How did the Vatican come to call the Earth “Our Sister”? (Bruno Latour11) Can indigenous peoples serve as models for the future development of modern societies? (Irène Bellier) Why are land rights a colonial constraint for Aborigines? (Martin Préaud) Can the Amazonian American-Indian Shinan’s art of living have a place in the Anthropocene? (Catitu Tayassu) Why has the city become attractive for agriculture? (Guillaume Leterrier)

How can we preserve the legacy of shepherding? (Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro) Who will we be in 2040? (Mathieu Baudin) What philosophy will earthlings develop in relation to their natural and built environment? (Yona Friedman) How can we (re)learn to feel? (Ashkan Sepahvand) Who will be excluded from the Anthropocene? (Jamika Ajalon) What is the somatic body? (Joanne Clavel) How can we successfully talk about the ensemble of our emotions? (Émilie Hache) How can we practice Gaya Touch? (Liza Japelj Carone)

Concept

  • Hannah Hurtzig (Mobile Academy Berlin)

Curators

  • Alexander Klose
  • Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez with Laurens Otto

scientific advisor

  • Denis Couvet (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle)

experts

  • Jamika Ajalon
  • Ingrid Amaro
  • Brook Andrew
  • Xavier Bailly
  • Mathieu Baudin
  • Irène Bellier
  • Judith Boon
  • Seloua Luste Boulbina
  • Isabelle Cambourakis
  • Silvia Casalino
  • Ewen Chardronnet
  • Joanne Clavel
  • Marcel Courthiade
  • Patrick Degeorges
  • Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita
  • Patrick De Wever
  • Vinciane Despret
  • Pierre Ducret
  • Rachel Easterman-Ulmann
  • Yona Friedman
  • Nadim Ghodbane
  • Fabien Giraud
  • Sophie Godin-Beekmann
  • Philippe Grandcolas
  • Sebastian Grevsmühl
  • Anahita Grisoni
  • Jean Paul Guevara
  • Émilie Hache
  • Florence Hachez-Leroy
  • Évelyne Heyer
  • Sophie Houdart
  • Liza Japelj Carone
  • Krõõt Juurak
  • Sonia Kéfi
  • Razmig Keucheyan
  • Nora Kravis
  • Sabrina Krief
  • Annick Labeca
  • Léopold Lambert
  • Annamaria Lammel
  • Catherine Larrère
  • Bruno Latour
  • Hervé Le Bras
  • Marie Lechner
  • Guillaume Lecointre
  • Guillaume Leterrier
  • Nathalie Magnan
  • Axel Meunier
  • Tarik Meziane
  • Yann Minh
  • Marie-Hélène Moncel
  • Yoann Moreau
  • Romain Nattier
  • Émilie Notéris
  • Martin Préaud
  • Heidi Quante
  • Philippe Rahm
  • Kalina Raskin
  • Marc-André Selosse
  • Ashkan Sepahvand
  • Maja Smrekar and Lord Byron
  • Benjamin Steininger
  • Catitu Tayassu
  • Hugo Teave
  • Jennifer Teets
  • Sylvie Teveny
  • Vaia Tuuhia
  • Françoise Vergès
  • Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro
  • Paul Watson

    Image: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No.16 "On the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead Body", in Riga.

artistic coordination

  • Sarah Lewis (Mobile Academy Berlin)

Commissioned by

  • Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman (Council) with Alexandra Cohen (Cuesta)

Executive production

Arter/Vivanto

Production coordination

  • 
Anne Becker with Julie Le Gall(bureau platÔ/KP)

Technical director

  • Julien Bahuau

Communication

  • Rozenn Tanguy (Agence Ticoët)

Translation

  • Adelaïde Pralon

Design

  • Remco van Bladel
  • Julien Couret


# Special thanks to - Emmanuel de la Baume, Solène Guillier, Bernard Guirkinger, Barbara Klose-Ullmann, Catherine Larrère, Valérie Pihet, Maria Ines Rodrigues.

with the participation of

Muséum national d'histoire naturelle - Musée de l'Homme, Paris.

supported by

  • La Région Ile-de-France
  • Le Bon Coin
  • Suez Environnement
  • The Nature Addicts Fund
  • La Ville de Paris
  • CNRS
  • Union européenne, Fonds FEDER-Interreg France-Suisse
  • Fondation de France
  • Slovenian embassy, Paris
  • Projet labellisé COP 21

Links



Top image: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge #16 "On the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead Body", in Riga.

worked with the artist Renzo Martens for the Institute for Human Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014 he received the price for young art criticism in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

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More information: Personal website

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

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is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

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is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

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is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

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is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

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is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

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is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

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is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

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is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

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is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

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is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

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has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

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is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

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is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

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is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

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is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

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is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

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is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

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is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

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is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

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is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

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has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

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is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

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is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

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is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

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is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

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is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

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is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

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is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

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is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

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moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

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was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

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is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is currently working on a research project about the role of architecture and urban planning in the emergence of territories used for the extraction of natural resources.

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is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work, featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design, architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.

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is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations environmental project.

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is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy. She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).

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is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

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is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

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is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

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is a biologist and systematist, director of the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at the Muséum national dʼHistoire Naturelle. He is especially interested in methodological, epistemological and pedagogical issues of species classifications.

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is a territorial developer in social economy, a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.

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is a media theorist, feminist, and professor at the École nationale supèrieure d'art de Bourges. She has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced her thinking in France.

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is a social scientist working as a cartographer of controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological performer. He is interested in how we live and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers of reality.

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is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization and aquaculture on mangrove forests.

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has been developing since 2003 a work of net-art: the NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into the noosphere.

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is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

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is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

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is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses on the origins and structures of biological diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification of European species of ladybirds.

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is currently writer-in-residence at Violette & Co, a feminist library in Paris. Entitled FictionELLES, Notéris will engage with the medium of the residency through workshops, lectures, staged encounters, and public writing sessions before penning an original work of fiction. She edited TINA # 8 Gender Surprise issue, which reflected on questions of genre and highlighted queer and feminist voices in science fiction and ecology; it included contributions from Vanessa Place and Louise Desbrusses.

— ARTICLE: Case #8: Another Earth
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is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University. His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.

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is an artist and communication designer devoting all her works to raising awareness of climate change related issues. With Alicia Escott she founded The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that creates new language to better understand manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. She lives and works in San Francisco. She received a B.S. in Science and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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More information: The Bureau of Linguistical Reality

has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at the National School of Architecture in Versailles.

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More information: Philippe Rahm architects

is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration, a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of this new discipline.

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is a microbiologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.

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Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
— ARTICLE: Case #11: The Intermorphs
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more information: …ment journal and Manifesta journal
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Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of perception and the concept of life. Maja Smrekar has been collaborating with Lord Byron have on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in a sport called "Rally Obedience". Lord Byron has been collaborating with Maja Smrekarhave on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history of acceleration and the history and theory of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and fossil resources.

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is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").

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takes part &s a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament in the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.

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is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

is the managing director of the association 4D that operates within institutions, at an international and local level, with the aim to foster collective solutions to climate negotiations, territorial practices and civic movements.

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is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

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is an independent environmental engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a movement for the preservation of pastoralism that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and federations from seventeen European countries.

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is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

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is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

is co-founder of Kadist Art Foundation - a private foundation based in Paris and San Francisco, dedicated to supporting contemporary art. From 2006 to 2012, as artistic programme director at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency programme for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation on collection acquisition, production and dissemination.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Masters in Creative Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has participated in the experimentation in art and politics programme run by Bruno Latour (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).

graduated in modern French literature, Ethnology and Cultural Project Management. She has worked for 10 years as a project manager for ARTER, an artistic production company. In 2015 she founded Cuesta with Agathe Ottavi. Cuesta is a company for social and cultural innovation that operates at the intersection of art, territories and society.

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is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. His studio work focusses on book design, curatorial projects, institutional identities, interactive applications and websites. He has designed projects such as the Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale and the WdW Review.

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8pm – 11:30pm non–stop - Check–in open: 7pm

1. Every blackmarket is a place for bargain and trafficking. The Musée de l'Homme, however, as a state funded institution is not allowed to facilitate any sale of any products by the « taker » or outside organisations, which is strictly forbidden inside and surrounding the building. Therefore even the symbolic fee of one euro in the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge, which is exchanged in order to book an appointment with an expert, can´t take place in Paris. In this event we kindly then ask you, our public and our clients, to bring a gift. The gift is a violating provocation of the principle of exchange of commodities  - but will help you to book an expert at the Check-In.
2. Mobile Academy Berlin stages performances and meeting places of knowledge. Each project is dedicated to a specific theme. Following seventeen Blackmarkets in Berlin, Warsaw, Istanbul, Jaffa, Vienna, Liverpool, Riga and other cities, this is the long-awaited first Blackmarket in Paris.
3. Up to the present, the United Nations « Climate Change » Conferences did not succeed in establishing a globally mandatory climate policy. In May 2015, students of Bruno Latour’s programme of experimentation in arts and politics at Sciences Po (SPEAP) organized “Make it work”, a pre-enactment of the upcoming climate conference in Paris. 200 international students were hosted for six days by the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers to experiment with alternative ways of negotiating. Collectif Essai is composed of Lisa Bergmann, Giulia Bruno, Klemens Czurda, Víctor Fancelli, Florian Haag, Alper Kazokoglu, Armin Linke, Charles Mallison, Kerstin Möller. Une collaboration de la Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe et Sciences Po/ SPEAP Paris. Avec l’aide de Tristan Bera, Laurent Salter, Julien Thomas, Ana Vaz, Tobias Wootton. Remerciements: Paris Climat 2015 - Make it Work, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, raumlaborberlin.
4. Teaser of The Cat, the Reverend and the Slave by Alain Della Negra et Kaori Kinoshita, 2010
5. Donna Haraway, "Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble", 2014
6. Vinciane Despret, Fabuler (avec) les yeux fermés, 2013
7. Teaser of NO GRAVITY by Silvia Casalino, 2015
8. Excerpt of The Unmanned - 2045 - The Death of Ray Kurzweil, by Fabien Giraud and Raphael Siboni, 2014
9. Documentaire sur Sabria Krief
10. Teaser of Anthropocene Observatory Episode 2 – Empire of Calculus, 2013, a collaborative project by photographer and film-maker Armin Linke, architects and urbanists John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog (Territorial Agency), and curator Anselm Franke
11. Conférence de Bruno Latour : "Facing Gaia. A new enquiry into Natural Religion", 2013