Conférence de Frédérique Aït-Touati « Staging Gaïa »
Columbia Maison Française, EAST GALLERY, BUELL HALL
Le 24 octobre à 18h à 19h30
Over the last twelve years, the philosopher and sociologist of science Bruno Latour and the scholar and theatre director Frédérique Aït-Touati have been experimenting with the anthropological, aesthetic and political consequences of entering the new climate regime. In this lecture, Frédérique Aït-Touati will present upon these stage experiments (especially the Terrestrial Trilogy, presented in the Crossing the Lines Festival in October 27-28) which borrow from theatre, the history of science, politics and anthropology, to test, each time, how these disciplines are able to absorb the shock of the new earth sciences.
Between philosophy and art, this talk will explore the hypothesis that the major cosmological upheaval that is sweeping us away cannot do without a new character, Earth, or Gaia, introduced onto the world stage.
Frédérique Aït-Touati is a theatre director and a historian of science. Her theatre production and books focus on the relationship between fiction and knowledge, ecology and politics. She has collaborated with Bruno Latour for ten years on theatrical ways to test new hypotheses, especially for questioning the irruption of the controversial new figure of Gaia. Her work has been presented in France and around the world (Nanterre-Amandiers, Théâtre de l’Odéon, Berliner Festspiele, The Kitchen in New York, Boca Festival in Portugal, Taipei Biennale, etc.) Her latest collaborative project with Bruno Latour, The Terrestrial Trilogy, A Performance in Three Parts: Inside, Moving Earths and Viral being performed on October 27 and 28 at the French Institute Alliance Française as part of their Crossing the Lines Festival.