Ambivalences #2 – Living Mutations

Chapter 1 - Hybridations


Thursday, October 7th 2021

2pm to 6pm

Free on reservation

Public meetings for a dedicated reflection on the relation between art, technologies and society

Starting from the premise that technology is not neutral, that its exponential deployment impacts our entire ecosystem, and that the place of art and culture is essential to explore these questions and issues,  Electroni[k]Oblique/s and Stereolux join forces to present a program of meetings entitled Ambivalences.

After a first year dedicated to the theme of “Environmental mutations“, the next edition of the conferences during the festival Maintenant is dedicated to the first chapter of the theme “Mutations of the living“.

▶︎ Chapitre 1 – Hybridations


The opening of this new theme, through the eyes of researchers, curators and artists, will question the notion of living in the light of the development of science, new technologies and digital creation. 

How can we rethink the living in a digital society? What hybridizations are now at work in the relations between art, living beings and technologies? What imaginaries, what narratives are summoned to the interstices of our attention and our relationship to the living?

▶︎ Intervenant.e.s

Pauline Briand is a journalist and author specialized in environmental issues. For Billebaude, Usbek & Rica or the National Museum of Natural History, she has written about myxomatosis, forests and climate change, the disappearance of insects, the evolution of life, and anthropology beyond the human. 

Camille Prunet is a teacher and researcher in aesthetics and art theory at the University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès. A specialist in artistic representations of the living and the relationship between art and science, she has notably published the book Penser l’hybridation – Art et biotechnologie (2018) and co-edited the book Seconde nature (2019). She is also an art critic and exhibition curator.


Mathieu Vabre is one of the founders and director of Seconde Nature, an association recognized for its pioneering commitment to contemporary art in the digital age. Today, co-director of Seconde Nature and Zinc, and specialist in the relationship between contemporary art and technology, he is the artistic director of the CHRONICLES Biennial. As an exhibition curator and delegated producer, he has worked on numerous exhibitions and international programs.  He also accompanies artists in the creation of works, installations or shows such as Etienne Rey, Nicolas Clauss, Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves, Julien Clauss, and animates and coordinates a production platform alongside about twenty local and international places and structures that support about fifteen projects per year.


Olivier Zeitoun is a curator in the Design and Industrial Prospective department of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou. He holds two master’s degrees in social sciences and in philosophy and art history, and works on exhibitions and acquisitions at the Museum. His research focuses on issues related to the digital field in art and design through a transversal approach.
He is co-curator of several exhibitions and catalogs, including La Fabrique du Vivant which he presented in 2019 at the Centre Pompidou.


Félix Blume shapes sound as a material to create his sound pieces, videos, actions or installations. His work, centered on listening, invites us to transform our perception of the living. He uses the public space as a place of experimentation as well as a place to present his projects. He is interested in the dialogue between humans and the context (natural or urban) they inhabit.


Sabrina Ratté is interested in the multiple manifestations of the digital image: analog video, 3D animation, photography, printing, sculpture, virtual reality and installation. The continual integration of new techniques formally supports the themes that run through her work, such as the psychological influence that architecture and the digital environment exert on our perception of the world, as well as the relationship that we have with the virtual aspect of existence.


Thomas Tilly is focused on the study of the sound environment and its confrontation with the space in which it exists. His work borrows as much from experimental musical research as from scientific research. This is evidenced by the art/science project Codex Amphibia (Phonotaxis), realized in cooperation with Antoine Fouquet, herpetologist (CR CNRS), through which he combines a research project with the creation of a series of sound pieces based on the recordings of explosive reproductions of amphibians in Guyana.

Ambivalences is supported by Maintenant in Rennes, Scopitone with the Labo Arts & Tech in Nantes and ]interstice[ In Caen. It emerges from an inter-regional dynamic carried by Electroni[k] (Bretagne), Stereolux (Pays de La Loire) and Oblique/s (Normandie). It is part of the reflections by the national network HACNUM, about the stakes that specifically concerns the stakeholders and the secteur of hybrid arts and numeric culture.

In partnership with the Université Rennes 2 and during the Mois de l’imaginaire and the Fête de la science.

Ambivalences is presented with the support of SHAPE, a platform co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.