Le Chemin Composé
Les Traversées du Marais Festival, Paris
September 6–7, 2019
Le Chemin Composé is a site-specific project that explores the Marais as the arena for medieval scientific exploration, in which freedom of thought led to an expanded worldview framed by natural and spiritual forces.
Medieval scientists saw the world as a confluence of the visible and the invisible. It was through chemical and intellectual exploration that they rendered understandable an otherwise irrational and mysterious world. The quest for the true nature of spirits, divine essences, planetary influences and mineral and vegetal secrets fueled early scientific explorations, and through this process the clerical monopoly of knowledge was challenged by amateur scientists, travellers, chemists, heretics and philosophers.
Specially created for Les Traversées du Marais Festival, this exhibition includes drawings, installations, and video works that muse on the different symbols, materials, processes and secrets that alchemists thought to be contained in every living being and in the universe.
The project involved collaborations with artists Judith Neunhäeuserer and Tania Hernández.
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