[spectre] LASER Paris, November 19th : "Bodies"

Annick Bureaud anikburo at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 15:04:44 CET 2020

Dear Spectrites,

We are pleased to announce this new LASER meeting taking place (hopefully)
on November 19th at 6 pm at the Cité internationale des arts.
All info below

Best to All

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*LASER Paris*

*Thursday 19 November 2020*

*Cité internationale des arts*


*18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville*

*75004 Paris*

18h00 - 19h30


*With **Abdessamad El Montassir, Maflohé Passedouet, Eric Monacelli, Gladys

Free admission in the limit of available seats, registration required

(*https://tinyurl.com/y4hud53x <https://tinyurl.com/y4hud53x>*)

and we start on time!

LASER Paris takes place in French

*Due to the sanitary measures and the corfew our normal schedule has been
modified and we are not able to held our usual unformal conversation around
the drinks & snacks after the presentations and discussions. *

*W**earing a protection mask is mandatory.*


     *> **Abdessamad El Montassir* (artist) //

*"Human Psyche and Plant"* about the project *Résistance Naturelle*

Epigenetic heritage: Traumas, inscribed in the human psyche, are
transmitted over several generations ; those that plants encounter are
legible in their bodies, sometimes beyond the original plant.

Can a plant be an indicator of socio-political ratio of power in a given

Taking as a starting point the right for forgetfulness, fictionnal and
visceral stories, and the anticipatory trauma, Abdessamad El Montassir
explores how imaginary memories, not based on actual lived facts, can build
and legitimate a real memory. Simultaneously, he reflects on how those
stories can affect citizens social behaviours and how they can be used for

The artist uses as a metaphor and metonymy a plant, the daghmous, its
evolution and resistance to the stress it faced in its environment, an
environment that it shares with the human society in Western Sahara.

*     >* *Eric Monacelli**,* Professor at the Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des
Systèmes of Versailles (University Paris-Saclay, UVSQ), President of the
Centre d'Expertise National CEREMH, *Maflohé Passedouet*, artist,
compagnie Mobilis-Immobilis, and *Gladys Foggea*, dancer // (project
supported by La Diagonale Paris-Saclay) // *"Activated Body",* about the
project *À la Verticale de Soi.*

Demo-performance with the robot

In some sports competitions, to "have a handicap" is a sign of excellence.
For some of us, wearing a technological equipment is to be "augmented".

Professional dance, still largely perceived as the place of the "perfect"
body, is however opening up, for many years now, to all kinds of bodies:
smaller, thiner, fatter, taller, less fit, awkward, less virtuoso, older
but the equipment of the body often takes the form of a constraint.

*À la Verticale de Soi* is reversing the proposal. At the border between
art and research, performing art and technology, the project is based on
the design of a solution to support an inclusive dance and the development
of a new equipment for dancers with reduced mobility.

The choreography includes robotic prototypes with costumes and dance to
propose a new futuristic vision about handicap. Invisible, the supports
between the beings, the objects and the environment allow to turn
difficulties into ability.

The scientific research is focused on the study and design of equipment
based on soft robotics. It consists of flexible elements articulated by
under-dimensioned pneumatic actuators. This approach intends to develop
supports for dancers with reduced mobility that are light and safe. The
dancer with reduced mobility can hence move without being blocked.

This project is carried by the Mobilis-Immobilis Cie (M. Passedouet)  and
the LISV Research Laboratory. It has received the support of the Diagonale
Paris-Saclay, UVSQ and the University Paris-Saclay.

> Moderator : Annick Bureaud

LASER Paris is co-organized by *Leonardo/Olats *(www.olats.org) and *La
Diagonale Paris-Saclay *(http://www.ladiagonale-paris-saclay.fr) in
collaboration with the hosting venue, the *Cité internationale des arts *(

LASER Paris is supported by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. (
https://www.fondationcarasso.org/). The LASER Paris meeting of November
19th is part of the "Roots and Seeds XXI" project which has received the
support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
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