Science and conscience among the Shadoks, conference of the 17th of September 2019

A conference by Gérard Berry

Regent of Deformatics at the College of Pataphysics
Computer scientist, professor emeritus at the College de France, member of the Academy of Sciences, Academy of Technology, laureate of the CNRS gold medal.

The name of Shadoks is known throughout France, but not the details of their strange existence. After having gossiped about their birth and their presence in the universe, we will study the immense progress of their science, which goes from the elementary probabilities to the understanding of the phenomenon of gravitation, via the systems of numeration, the theory of the sets and that of transport. We will see how modern imagery has made it possible to understand the original functioning of their brain, which has led to a form of culture from which we can draw a lot if we look at it more closely.

Tuesday Septembre 17th 2019 à 18h30 pm


Fondation Vasarely
Jas de Bouffan

1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Modern art and design, conference of the 25th of June 2019

In the twentieth century, being modern meant chasing ornament. So the exclamation “it’s decorative!” Described with contempt a superficial painting, without a real artistic dimension.
How, after having dreamed of a fusion between major and minor arts, have painters managed to deny the decorative dimension of painting? Who resisted this separation and played “on both counts”?
From this conflictual relationship, contemporary artists have often taken with humor putting the decorative, ornamental, even kitsch in the heart of their practice.

Tuesday June 25th 2019 at 10:30 am

Salle Armand Lunel, Bibliothèque Méjanes,

Monochrome, a twists and turns adventure, conference of the 28th of May 2019

Nothing is more disturbing to an uninitiated than a monochrome painting, a painting of the absence of representation.
However, the monochrome adventure started in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century, then embodied by Yves Klein, has continued to develop, between nihilism and sense of the absolute, to the point of becoming a genre in its own right that is surprisingly rich in plastic and conceptual possibilities.

Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 10:30 am

Salle Armand Lunel, Bibliothèque Méjanes,

Art and sciences, conference of the 19th of March 2019

Whether they have themselves first benefited from a scientific background or they need to collaborate with biologists, mathematicians, architects, computer scientists, to implement their projects, some contemporary artists produce works at the crossroads of art and science.
The recent exhibition of Tomas Saraceno at the Palais de Tokyo, for example, is the result of a collaboration between biologists, cosmonauts and philosophers.

Tuseday 19th of March 2019 at 10:30 am

Vasarely Foundation

Valentine’s day, do love and creation work together ?

This question makes it possible to explore a wide variety of cases among couples of artists, ranging from complicity to rivalry, from partnership to ego warfare, and reveals the evolution of manners and society over the course of the year. Twentieth century as to the look at creative women.

Thursday the14th of February 2019 at 18:00 pm

Vasarely Foundation,
1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
Aix-en-Provence 13090