Conferenza ART - Ludovic Duhem
ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar
Prof. Ludovic Duhem
(Design School of Valenciennes)
February, 24th at 6 p.m.
Phytoculture. A philosophical fiction about the technoaesthetics of the vegetal world
These last years, we are living a kind of "plant revolution" or "vegetal turn" in thought. So many studies in science are showing that all we were sure to know about the vegetal world was almost totally false. It is certainly impossible now to continue to assert that the vegetal is only a inferior group of living beings without a specific sensitivity, memory, communication and intelligence capacities. After the necessary rehabilitation of the animal, and the new perspectives to understand how the animal reality is a real "world", that is to say a singular signification of the relationship between organisms and milieu where behaviors are not only useful for feed or reproduction, and so the recognition of an specific "culture" ; we want to promote a second rehabilitation, the rehabilitation of the vegetal. This lecture will try to defend the point that the vegetal beings are living in a specific world, the vegetal world, and in this world we can make the hypothesis that there is a specific culture, the "phytoculture(s)". This "culture" is not a metaphorical way of thinking but an analogical experiment of thinking even if it is difficult to come near of it, because of the underground activity of roots, the extreme slowness of growth and communication, and the hard limits of the individual. My philosophical fiction offer to build this experiment with the concept of "technoaesthetics" after Simondon, a non-anthropocentric theory of the connection between the sensible and the operative opening the possibility of an art of all living beings.
Ludovic Duhem is a French philosopher and artist. He is Head of Research of Superior Art and Design School of Valenciennes (France) where he is teaching philosophy of art and design. He also gives some courses in other schools and universities like ENSCI Paris, ENSAPVS, ENSAV La Cambre Bruxelles, and University of Lille. His researches are focused on the relations between aesthetics, technics and politics, through a general theory titled “Technoaesthetics” (built from Simondon whose is a specialist). In the design domain, he works on the connection between social and ecological issues in an ecosocial design theory. Latest publications : Ludovic Duhem and Kenneth Rabin (eds.), Design écosocial. Convivialités, pratiques situées et nouveaux communs (it:, 2018; en.: Ecosocial Design. Convivilities, Situated Practicies and New Commons); Ludovic Duhem and Richard Pereira de Moura (eds.), Design des territoires. L'enseignement de la biorégion (Eterotopia, 2020; en.: Design of Territories. Learning from the Bioregion) ; Ludovic Duhem and Jean-Hugues Barthélémy (eds.), Ecologie et technologie. Penser le sens de l'avenir d'après Simondon (FYP, 2021; en.: Ecology and Technology. Thinking about the meaning of the future after Simondon).
ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the the PhD Program FINO.
Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin).
Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin).
Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin).
Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3).
Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School).
Dr. Alice Iacobone (FINO Doctoral School)
ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.
ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Logica, Linguaggio e Cognizione (LLC)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità