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The viewpoint (life) of plants

The Scam Invites the philosopher Alain Petit (member of the Philosophy and Rationality research laboratory) to meet the artistic duo Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs Met Den Ancxt), visual artists featured at the 2018 VIDEOFORMES festival.

The Scam Invites is a format prepared and presented by Gilles Coudert & Jean-Jacques Gay, authors-directors and curators of the Commission of Écritures et Formes Émergentes (Writing and Emerging Forms) of La Scam - Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédias - partner of VIDEOFORMES 2018.

By distilling digital technology through organic elements, Scenocosme crosses humans and plants, the natural and artificial in all that they have that is living, sensitive, even fragile. This artistic duo thus develops a notion of interactivity, through which a work exists and evolves thanks to the corporal and social relations with their spectators. Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs Met Den Ancx then initiate amazing hybridizations between the elements of the living (plants, humans, water, wood, stones...) and digital technologies through a haptic, sensory, and bodily language. And if most of their works imagine various invisible relationships between the body and environment, they observe the minute energy variations of living beings by proposing various interactive settings where the viewer shares processoral sensory experiences while facing a development system for a phenomenology of the living. For his part, the philosopher Alain Petit is also interested in plants but through a reflection on the history of civilizations and language. A specialist in comparative ancient philosophy, his knowledge of Eastern and Western societies makes this academic, a member of the Philosophy and Rationality Research Laboratory of Clermont-Ferrand, the privileged interlocutor for the Scenocosme experiments. For Alain Petit looks at the plant not only as a model but as a language, an ideal system in the footsteps of Foucault and Agamben. Alain Petit's reflections on languages go back to the roots of civilizations, with Indian Buddhism and Sanskrit, and resonate with the post-post digital essays of Scenocosme. Artists who question both our individual relationship to the universal and what we humans do with the world. In the tradition of observant artists, they alert us with the technologies of their time about an announced super-nature.

When the philosopher, a social actor who is constantly observing, meets the artist, a visionary lookout, a discussion of the possibilities can take place and pathways appear to reconsider our relationship with others and with the world of plants through an urgent negentropy[1].

[1] Negentropy, or negative entropy, has been developed among other things by the philosopher Bernard Steigler: it is a factor of organization of physical systems, and possibly social and human systems, which is opposed to the natural tendency to disorganization -entropy-.

The Scam Invites Alain Petit, Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs Met Den Ancxt to develop in this confrontation the philosophy of plant intelligence, to imagine new relationships to maintain (or not) with our natural, social, and artistic environment.

Alain Petit

Philosopher Alain Petit is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA) and belongs to the Phier research laboratory. He directs, with Charlotte Morel, a cycle of studies on vitalism and is interested in plant philosophy.


The artistic duo Scenocosme brings together Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt whose creations take shape through various expressions: interactive installations, visual art, digital art, sound art, collective performances, etc...

La Scam Invite

The Scam Invites is a format of events, in partnership with festivals supported by La Scam, which proposes sharing creative and contemporary points of view, initiating unexpected dialogue between two authors working in fields at first glance distant from each other, personalities who would not necessarily meet who are brought together for a moment of discussion.