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Dimitri Robert-Rimsky

From Friday 1 March to Friday 31 May 2019


With Anthropocene theories, many researchers in human and social sciences have set about to refocus their discipline by considering the role of the interrelations between human and non-human actors in terms of agency. This is the case of Gregory Quenet and Dipesh Chakrabarti, who try to propose new ways of rewriting History by placing it within an environmental context – in the broad sense. This “Geohistory” discipline is developed, like other human sciences, in accordance with the paradigm shifts induced by the Anthropocene.

I would like to propose a research around these hybrid landscapes that blur the traditional notions of space as well as the interrelations between the different collectives that constitute them. Is it possible to conceive an artistic practice in which forms of representation would be constructed in the face of this upheaval, in which the principal actor would no longer be the human but his environment? How can we melt the distance between the background and the foreground, in order to restore its agency?

As Gregory Quenet explains, the history of European colonization and the construction of a globalized world include the formatting of territories, the rationalization of resources and the circulation of living species across the planet. This biological expansion comes with the progressive export of the western city as a model of development. My work aims to formulate an iconography of this Geohistory by proposing a re-reading of issues of urbanism and architecture, from an environmental point of view, and how the city fits into a "World History" ; looking into the interrelationships of non-human collectives that shape these landscapes, these "social geologies".

My work is part of a research on the notion of historical and social heritage of these "new towns". This is a proposition to “repoliticise the landscape”, to seek, archive and construct an iconography which is inscribed in this «Geohistory». A space where relief, geology and environment no longer serve as the “framework” for human activity and conflict, but are full actors in the narratives that they compose.

 

The artist residency programme is organised by the CAC - la synagogue de Delme in collaboration with the Lorraine Regional Natural Park and the Commune of Lindre-Basse.