[spectre] LASER Paris 23rd September: "Next to my Tree ..."

Annick2 anikburo at gmail.com
Mon Aug 30 10:58:33 CEST 2021

Dear Spectrites,

It is with great pleasure that we'll welcome you on 
September 23rd to this LASER Paris special Roots & Seeds XXI 
with *Amandine Cornille, Marjolijn Dijkman, Marc-Williams 

Registration is now open (still free, but still need for 

All the info below

Annick Bureaud


*"Next To My Tree ..."*


*LASER Paris Meeting*

/special "Roots & Seeds XXI"/


*Thursday 23rd Septembre 2021*

*Cité internationale des arts*


*18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville*

*75004 Paris*

19h00 - 21h30




*with **Amandine Cornille, Marjolijn Dijkman, Marc-Williams 

Free admission in the limit of available seats, registration 


*/Wearing a mask and sanitary pass are mandatory /*/(an ID 
may be requested)./

and we start on time!

LASER Paris takes place in French but Marjolijn Dijkman 
presentation is in English (not translated).

Some species are more attractive to us than others. Whether 
we like it or not, we have a hierachy of the Living. Until 
recently, animals took precedence over plants. Today plants 
have reclaimed their place and are at the heart of 
innumerable scientific researches, artistic creations, 
discourses and theories. Some, however, are more desirable 
to us than others. The Tree is one of those emblematic 
plants that we are highly attracted to. It is one of the 
common threads of this LASER Meeting which is part of the 
European project Roots & Seeds XXI. Biodiversity crisis and 
plant resistance of which Leonardo / Olats is a partner.


*> **Amandine Cornille*/Researcher laboratory "Quantitative Genetics and Evolution" 
//- Le Moulon" (University Paris-Saclay - INRAE - CNRS - 
AgroParisTech)///// "The Travel of a Tree" about the research *The 
tribulations of the apple tree cultivated in Eurasia: a 
complex history of domestication and towards a reasoned 
conservation of its wild relatives***

In the beginning was the apple. Ours, those that we find in 
the markets and in our stores, are the distant descendants 
of the same species of apple tree native to far away Asia. 
 From wild, it became domestic and multiplied its varieties, 
helped in this by generations of humans. Domesticated and 
wild apple trees now face new threats.

Amandine Cornille and her team combine laboratory 
experimentation, field experiments, as well as genomics and 
population genetics to understand the impact of climate 
change and the emergence of new pests on fruit trees. This 
research aims at the reasoned conservation of wild species 
related to domesticated fruit trees, in particular through a 
conservatory, experimental and educational orchard of wild 
apple trees on the Saclay plateau.

*>**Marjolijn Dijkman**,*Artist// "Disappearance" about the 
project */Between the Lines/* (Presentation in English, not 

There are traumatized lands, in which the violence of humans 
between themselves is inscribed. Eastern France and its war 
fronts is one of them, which still contains a toxic arsenal. 
The pine forests that were planted there after the First 
World War as compensation and to neutralize a territory that 
had become dangerous are now subject to the combined effects 
of climate change and the attack of an insect (/Ips 
Typographus/) which destroy them.

With /Between the Lines/, Marjolijn Dijkman combines field 
research, data analysis, biotechnology and research for a 
vaccine against the disease caused by the insect, and 
artificial intelligence to draw the monumental outlines of 
the impact of climate change and the beetle on the pine 
forests in the disrupted landscapes of the 'Red Zone' of 
North-East France.

*>**Marc-Williams Debono**,*/Neuroscientist,/ /in charge of 
the/ /Art & Science Section of the Collectif Culture 91 /// 
"Relation" around the topic *Art & Science : A Sensitive 

Relation between plants of the same species, between plants 
of different species, between different species. Living 
beings never exist alone and all living beings have the 
means to apprehend, perceive, interpret and act on / in 
their environment, with "others".

Science opens up to another understanding of plants and art 
approaches plants in a thousand other ways than the 
canonical botanical illustration. The two enrich each other.

Based on scientific observations and his research on the 
electrogenic and cognitive nature of the relations between 
plants and the environment as well as on his experience of 
art-science collaborations and projects, Marc-Williams 
Debono questions the role of relational intelligences and 
the return of the sensitive to contemporary 
transdisciplinary practices in art & science, as well as the 
cultural mutations they generate.

>  Moderator: Annick Bureaud

Initiated by Leonardo/ISAST(www.leonardo.info 
<http://www.leonardo.info/>), *LASER (Leonardo Art Science 
Evening Rendez-vous*) (www.leonardo.info/laser 
<http://www.leonardo.info/laser>) is the *sharing of 
experiences* about *art-science projects* in *semi-formal* 
meetings outside the institutional format.

The LASER Paris Meeting of September 23rd 2021 is 
co-organized by*Leonardo/Olats *(www.olats.org) and *La 
Diagonale Paris-Saclay 
*(http://www.ladiagonale-paris-saclay.fr) with the support 
of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation 
<https://www.fondationcarasso.org/>) and the Creative Europe 
Programme of the Eurpean Union, in collaboration with the 
*Cité internationale des arts 
<https://www.citedesartsparis.net/>) and the *Laboratory 
TEAMeD* of *Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis University* and 
the *Research University School ArTeC.***


The LASER Paris Meeting of September 23rd 2021 is organised 
as part of the *"Roots & Seeds XXI. Biodiversity crisis and 
plant resistance"*project and receives as such a support 
from the Creative Europe progamme of the European Union.

"Roots & Seeds XXI" partners, Quo Artis (lead), Ars 
Electronica, Leonardo/Olats, University of Barcelona, in 
collaboration with the Botanical Institut Barcelona.

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