Climclam and Transborder : arts, sciences & transdisciplinarity


TranSborder is a collaborative art-science platform of research-action and mediation animated by Isabelle Elizéon (researcher in art-science, art science and transdisciplinarity, visual artist and dramaturge). The platform is supported by the Company LASKO, and funded by the Fondation de France and the City of Brest.

The objective of all the actions carried out by TranSborder in art-science creation, mediation, consultation and training is to bring out new ways of building links between humans and non-humans, of thinking and imagining our “living” worlds from the different practices, imaginations and visions inherent to each universe. TranSborder thus aims to contribute to the valorization of research in the sciences of the sea, inter- and transdisciplinary creation, by creating new types of relationships and hybrid knowledge to respond to climatic and ecological issues. This platform is thus a space for practices and research allowing different types of art-science-society collaboration in order to reflect on adaptive art-science practices and methodologies, to develop training adapted to tomorrow’s challenges for students in the field of marine sciences, arts, education sciences, etc.

To accomplish this, TranSborder is working closely with the LEMAR laboratory and Christine Paillard (CNRS Researcher – LEMAR) on the international research project, IRP Climclam – CNRS, developed until 2027, under the direction of Christine Paillard and Luca Bargelloni (BCA – University of Padova, Italy). Within the IRP, Isabelle Elizéon is coordinator of the AR4 – art-science and transdisciplinarity – and leads various collaborations with the aim of creating connections between the 4 research axes, on the one hand, and on the other hand, to study the dynamics of inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations between artists and scientists. In this context, she collaborates with the artists’ collective Life (Anne Le Mée, Quentin Jourdan and Jérémy Segard), Philippe Arson, videomaker at the CNRS, and various researchers of ClimClam.

It is also through this means that Isabelle seeks to develop links with society as a whole by way of mediation and consultation actions, in order to analyze the dynamics and obstacles between the various actors involved. In 2023 and 2024, the flagship projects of TranSborder are Intimate Chronicles of Science, NacrE and The Art of the Link – the Art of Reconciliation, projects developed with actors in science, art and culture, and more generally with the larger society.

“Polar Bathyfolage” exhibition


Our colleague Erwan Amice exhibits his photographic work as part of the Vincennes ImagesF festival. during which several photographers will be exhibited, such as photojournalist Pascal Maître, honorary president of VIF 2022.

Find Erwan’s photos from May 17 to June 13 on the Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville de Vincennes. Click here for the exhibition programme.

More information also on the PhotoTrend website.

Festival RESSAC, à l’année prochaine !

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The Ressac Festival, supported by UBO and coordinated by Christine Paillard, was the Arts and Sciences event of the beginning of the year. It took place in the week of 7-11 March 2022. See you next year!

This year’s theme was “Variations” and the programme was particularly exciting: researchers, artists or students proposed more than 35 events or original creations at the crossroads of arts and sciences scattered over the city of Brest and its region.

Find the full programme of these days here

The Lemar was present at the festival, through several events:

  • The project “Hydrofaunie: sound immersion in underwater life” (passages des Arpètes, aux Atliers des Capucins). This installation is the result of a collaboration between scientists Gildas Roudaut and Anne Lebourges-Dhaussy, students from the Image & Sound course (UBO) under the direction of Philippe Ollivier and Etienne Hendrickx, and students from ENSTA Bretagne. The sound creation Hydrofaunie transforms the images from acoustic sounders, called “echograms”, to offer a double auditory journey: the vertical dimension of the distribution of organisms in the water column, from the surface to the seabed, and the temporal dimension on day and night cycles. This creation is an invitation to listen to the invisible and the inaudible of the depths.
  • The photographic exhibition “Rhizaria, discovering silicified radiolarians” (BU du Bouguen). In the ocean, living beings use silicon, the second most abundant chemical element in the earth’s crust, to build their skeleton. Among them are the Rhizaria, microscopic single-celled marine organisms distributed throughout the world, living from the surface to the deepest depths. Relatively unknown, technological developments combined with the curiosity of scientists have led to new discoveries. The images on display, derived from innovative electron microscopy techniques, highlight the extraordinary forms of these fascinating microorganisms. They are the work of Valentin Foulon, Natalia Llopis Monferrer and Philippe Eliès (PIMM UBO) and are accompanied by an interactive poster developed by Sébastien Hervé.
  • During the closing night of the festival, LEMAR was present through two participations. A photographic exhibition of the Paddle Project, with images from Senegal, Brazil and Cape Verde by Sébastien Hervé. A musical conference by the SONARS Project, a collaboration of Laurent Chauvaud and François Joncour around acoustics in marine ecology and underwater sounds.

RESSAC Festival