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Fytolit Skholè

Exposition de Vahan Soghomonian
From November 2, 2017 to January 8, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday November 2 at 6 pm
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 6pm

Place(s) :
Gallery Artemisia - Descartes Campus - 15 Parivs René Descartes - Debourg Station
Open Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 6pm
Vahan Soghomonian is the first artist to exhibit in the “Artemisia” Gallery of ENS de Lyon which opened its doors in May this year. Born in 1982 in Lyon, he has created an evolutionary sound installation: A home for street plants inside an artist's residence. A moving sculpture, evoking a Soviet satellite from the ‘70s, provides space for plant cuttings to grow in the cracks of an urban fabric. It is equipped with a magenta-colored horticultural LED lamp, providing a strip of persistent green as visitors leave this living artwork. Musical arrangements, composed by Tomi Yard, and based on sounds recorded during the refurbishment of the room, add rhythm to the visit.

The artist explores plasticity of cerebral mechanisms, in other words, the brain’s potential to adapt and evolve. He will work on the exhibit, for 5 weeks, changing the content, experimenting and involving people from the School, to develop the "SKHOLÈ".
Educational activities and meetings will be organized for students, gardeners, researchers and other visitors, musicians and visual artists, including Tomi Yard and Jean-Paul Thibeau.

This exhibition is presented in connection with the second thematic school “Anthropocène” at ENS de Lyon, from 2 to 4 November 2017, on the theme of mobility, which echoes the theme of the 2017 Biennale of Lyon.

Events at the Fytolit Skholè
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 2 p.m.
    Meeting with Ioan Negrutiu and Vahan Soghomonian Ioan Negrutiu, Professor Emeritus of Biology at ENS de Lyon and founder of the Michel-Serres Institute at ENS de Lyon.
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 META-IKEBANA, Jean-Paul Thibeau
    Initiator of the meta protocols, Jean-Paul Thibeau, will be giving a workshop with several phases: work on perception, initiation to the Ikebana Spirit, an organized walk to collect plant samples and then a moment of Ikebana/ Meta-Ikebana creative work in the gallery (registration only:
  • Friday, December 1st from 6 p.m.
    Enchanting Fuguelet at the end of day, Tomi Yard Tomi Yard is invited by Vahan Soghomonian for a "circulatory" concert evoking plant mobility and vibrations.

Partners :
In resonance with the Biennale de Lyon 2017


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