Can the UN’s sustainable development goals SDG help us to look at a different way of teaching in the face of the challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity collapse ?
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After Sadi Carnot, teaching energy beyond the thermo-industrial civilization, a challenge of our time
We still teach energy, the heart of the thermo-industrial society in the footsteps of Sadi Carnot (1796-1832). How can we draw inspiration from him to explore, with the students, another future?
Olafur Eliasson: a Science & Design alliance building activism in the face of world transitions
Today, but already yesterday, energy and switches, the Smartphone and the designer Jony Ive. Tomorrow, but already today, the works of Olafur Eliasson to be together facing the transitions of the world.
Dust: from nanotechnologies to Marcel Duchamp’s « inframince »
Dust are everywhere. They invade the world and our lives. Dust Breeding by Marcel Duchamp, materialized by the famous photograph by Man Ray, turns dust into art.
Giuseppe Penone’s “Essere vento”: when art and science are intertwined
“Are you a physicist? “Giuseppe Penone asks me during the opening of his exhibition at the Grenoble Museum in November 2014. A little surprised, I answer: “Yes, I am a professor of physics at the university and a researcher in nanotechnology. « He then asked me: « Could you sculpt a grain of sand ? »
Little Sun Lamp by Olafur Eliasson: Energy, a material of the artwork ?
With Little Sun Lamp, Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen produce an altruistic artwork here. This work is very contemporary in its artistic, social and scientific resonance. Putting these three aspects into perspective is the subject of this article.
Tomas Saraceno, the spider, science and perception of the world.
Tomas Saraceno’s “On Air” exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo ended on January 6, 2019. Like thousands of visitors, I saw, fascinated, for hours, these immense spider webs vibrating in the dark. Tomas Saraceno pointed out, about a year ago, in an exchange with Nadine Botha : “I think there are a myriad of otherContinue reading “Tomas Saraceno, the spider, science and perception of the world.”
Fabienne Verdier, the painting at the heart of movement
That day, I prepare students for a workshop in which we will explore movement and gestures, using the sensors of smartphones. For the most part, the students are not scientists. At the end of the course, a design student says to me: “You should have a look at the work of Fabienne Verdier. Some ofContinue reading “Fabienne Verdier, the painting at the heart of movement”
Photographer, physicist and visually impaired: Cédric Poulain exhibits at the Festival Voies Off in Arles
Cédric Poulain is a photographer and a physicist, two passions that must have been intimately intertwined in him for a very long time. He was already an adult when a bilateral retinitis caused him to lose an eye completely. The other one still allows him to say if I am there or not, when IContinue reading “Photographer, physicist and visually impaired: Cédric Poulain exhibits at the Festival Voies Off in Arles”
Yoann Bourgeois at the Pantheon in the Eye of a Physicist
From 3 to 14 October 2017, Yoann Bourgeois’ machines invaded the Pantheon to dialogue with Pendule de Foucault. Unlike the pendulum that swings alone, whether we are there or not, his machines must be “inhabited” by acrobats to become devices that explore movement. But, just like The Pendulum, these devices lead us again and againContinue reading “Yoann Bourgeois at the Pantheon in the Eye of a Physicist”