In this lecture performance, philosopher Bruno Latour and director Frédérique Aït-Touati reflect on the relationship between human beings and their environment. Plato’s cave may not be an interesting base of operations for scientists, but it does symbolize the life that we lead within the fragile stratosphere of our earth. Indeed, over the last few years, geochemists have exposed a very different planet. They describe a ‘critical zone’: the wafer-thin outer layer of the globe on which all life, human activity and resources are concentrated. Can we change our perception of the earth? No longer from a great distance, like a blue marble flying through space, but from the inside out, as a cross-section of that critical zone? What does it mean not to live ‘on’ the earth but ‘in’ the earth? Searching for an answer, Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati have developed a series of models and visual simulations.
• Over the past decade, philosopher Bruno Latour and director/researcher Frédérique Aït Touati have collaborated on projects at the intersection of science and theatre. A shared interest in the Anthropocene and the heuristic and modelling capacities of the theatre are always central themes.
Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science - The New York Times Magazine
Bruno Latour nous fait sentir la fragilité de notre vie sur terre - La Libre
mise-en-scène Frédérique Aït-Touati | with Bruno Latour | lighting design Rémi Godfroy | images Alexandra Arènes, Axelle Grégoire | videos Sonia Lévy | video & light creation Patrick Laffont-DeLojo | sound Eric Broitmann, supported by l’IRCAM | tour assistant Nina Ayachi
Following the performance, Bruno Latour focuses on his book Où atterir ?, which is being published in Dutch translation. In Waar kunnen we landen?, he discusses climate change in the context of neoliberal 'deregulation' and increasing inequality.