Round Table

Les Subsistances
Thu. 12, 6:00pm — 7:30pm
Leave the blue planet? Artists’ and researchers’ take on space.

The myths and stories surrounding space, but also its scientific and technical aspects, have tremendous evocative power and never cease to fuel the artistic imagination. The space sector – initially the privileged territory of research – is now a more general source of inspiration. In relation to creation (sci-fi cinema, literature and now modern and digital art) the topic constantly opens up new horizons, whether from a technical, philosophical or artistic perspective. The collaboration between art and science, or art and design, which takes place in laboratories, can be interpreted here as a conceptual toolbox, an “area” dedicated to resources and experiments for artists and creators. It also raises fascinating questions regarding what can be referred to as “the infinite area of the spatial horizon in art”.

Maxence Grugier


Specialised journalist, critic and speaker - Lyon

Ever since the late 1990s, Maxence has been interested in the impact of new technologies on our societies, particularly in the fields of visual arts (digital arts), sound production (avant-garde, electronic music) and communication. As a mediator, trainer and public speaker, he has also addressed the topics of the body and technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, the history of electronic music and new connected behaviours.

Maxence Grugier - Moderator - Mirage Festival
Annick Bureaud


art critic, director Leonardo/Olats - Paris

Annick Bureaud is an independent art critic, curator and event organiser, researcher and teacher in art and technosciences. She wrote numerous articles,  contribute to the French contemporary art magazine Art Press ans she taught in several art schools and universities in France (Aix-en-Provence art school, Eesi – European School of Visual Arts, Poitiers) and abroad (she has been guest lecturer at the School of the Art Institute Chicago/SAIC in 1999 and at the University of Quebec in Montreal/UQAM in 2001). She is also the director of Leonardo/Olats, an observatory focused recognized as a global leader in the interdisciplinary world of art/science/technology.

Annick Bureaud - Speaker - Mirage Festival
Barthélemy Antoine-Lœff

visual artist, co-founder collective Indunn - Paris

Barthélemy Antoine-Lœff is a visual artist whose creations of optical and digital artworks, sometimes interactive, often immersive, express dreamlike worlds crossed by a contemplative and ecological relationship of nature and elements. The artist creates spaces for sharing his feelings about the “forces” of the world: dreams, energies, materials, technologies. Refusing to place himself in the field of the Kantian sublime, he positions himself at the place of wonder and infantile craze, as if to claim the part of the dream that we develop as a child and which remains forever our “desiring motor” throughout our life. (Nicolas Rosette)

Barthélémy Antoine-Loeff - Speaker - Mirage Festival
Evelina Domnitch
Dmitry Gelfand

artists - Amsterdam

Dmitry Gelfand (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Evelina Domnitch (Minsk, Belarus) create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Such investigations are salient because the scientific picture of the world, which serves as the basis for contemporary thought, still cannot encompass the unrecordable workings of consciousness.

Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand - Speakers - Mirage Festival
Isabelle Vauglin

research scientist at the Center of Astrophysic Research of Lyon

Isabelle Vauglin is a research scientist at the Center of Astrophysic Research of Lyon. After finishing her thesis, Isabelle has done various researches, especially about infrared astrology, the study of the environnement and of the interstelars populations and the cartography of the sky (beyond the Milky Way). Isabelle is a member of the european network ARENA (Antarctic Research : a European Network for Astronomy).  Beyond her researches, she led many actions of mediation with students, and some specifically dedicated to high school girls to overcome common stereotypes about women in the scientific world, with an event “Sciences, a women’s business”.
Isabelle Vauglin is a chevalier of the Legion of Honor and member of the Science Academy, Letters and Arts of Lyon.
Isabelle Vauglin - Round Table - Mirage Festival
Simon Meyer

director Planétarium - Vaulx-en-Velin

Simon Meyer has been running the Planetarium for nine years. This facility in Vaulx-en-Velin is an interface between the world of research and the general public. It’s a key vehicle for disseminating scientific knowledge in the areas of space, astronomy and astrophysics. The links between these areas and the world of art and creation are at the heart of the Planetarium’s project to become a place for welcoming artist residencies, an incubator for art/science projects between artists and scientists and, of course, a location for exhibitions and screenings (results of workshops, immersive short films, etc.)

Simon Meyer - Speaker - Mirage Festival