food, sustainability and art projects in Europe

Seminar Art, Food and Transformation of European Territories / Online


Organized by the LADYSS-CNRS, the Centre des Politiques de la Terre, COAL and all the members of the T&T program: ArtMill, Campo Adentro, Locus Athens, the PAV and Zone Sensible, the seminar “Art, food and transformation of European territories” brings together a community of cultural actors committed to ecological transition and sustainable food.

From the field to gastronomy, hybrid initiatives led by artists in the fields of agriculture and food are multiplying around Europe. The Table and the Territory (T&T) is a transdisciplinary European cooperation program that supports this new scene and promotes the importance of Culture-Based Solutions.

Orchestrated and led by Nathalie Blanc, research director at the Laboratory Social Dynamics and Spatial Reconstruction (LADYSS-CNRS), the seminar “Art, food and transformation of European territories” will be the opportunity to discover artistic practices that transform lands strongly affected by the relationship between food and territory in a context of climate change.

Accessible to all, it questions the practices and commitments of artists, curators, scientists, directors of farms, urban and rural, of third places and art centers, in order to better understand the contours of these new transdisciplinary models, and the role of artists in the transformation of imaginaries and territories.


FRIDAY 13/11, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
From the art to the agricultural world

Experiences of three hybrid project leaders. With Barbara Benish, director and founder of ArtMill in Horažďovice (Czech Republic), Giulia Mengozzi, curator at Parco Arte Vivente in Torin (Italy) and Fernando Garcia Dory, founder and director of Campo Adentro and the INLAND village in Asturias (Spain).
In English

Photo and performance ©Tomas Hruza (CZ)

Barbara Benish 
Barbara Benish is an artist, curator, writer and farmer. She is the founder and director of ArtMill, a rural farm thought of as an extension art as a social practice. All in pursuing her artistic practice through installations and painting, she has been an advisor to the United Nations Environment Program, member of the Social Practice Arts Research Center (UCSC) and a scholar at the WestBohemian university of Plzen. Barbara Benish and Nathalie Blanc published in 2017 “Form, Art, & the Environment” (Routledge) and are currently working on “Art, Food and Farming” (Routledge, 2021) as part of the T&T program

Giulia Mengozzi
Giulia Mengozzi (Bologna, 1987) works at PAV Parco Arte Vivente in Turin. Since 2014 she is assistant of the curator Marco Scotini and project coordinator for Teatrum Botanicum – Emerging Talents Festival and Pando. She graduated in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at Naba – Nuova Accademia delle Arti, Milan.

Fernando Garcia-Dory
Fernando García-Dory is an artist and agroecologist, founder of INLAND -Campo Adentro, a para-institution platform of collaboration working on art, territories and social change in theory and practice. His work engages the relationship between culture and nature now, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations concerned with identity, through the global crisis, utopia and the potential for social change. His work also addresses connections and cooperation, from microorganisms to social systems, and from traditional art languages such as drawing to collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives.


MONDAY 23/11, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Act and change representations and practices through research-creation

With Thierry Boutonnier, artist, and Julie Le Gall, scientist, leading Selfood, Anthony Duchêne, artist on the initiative of Paysages à boire with Dominique Hutin, Jean-Philip Lucas and the collective SILO on the Récits-recettes.
In French

Sugar Killer, a Selfood Enquiry © Thierry Boutonnier, 2020


Thierry Boutonnier and Julie Le Gall
Born in 1980 in the South-West of France, Thierry Boutonnier claims his agricultural origins and develops his artistic practice by confronting the question of domestication. He combines the arts and life sciences during his academic career and through his collective experiments.

It is also because of her Breton agricultural origins that Julie Le Gall began her research on access for all to better agriculture and food, claiming with her colleague Camille Hochedez of the University of Poitiers the concept of agricultural justice. food. Along the same lines, she co-founded the Marguerite Network, an association that supports secondary school students and teachers on agri-food education projects, recalling the role of the School in the transformation of territories. For the past few years, his sensitivity has guided him towards supporting young people to deal with the uncertainty of the Anthropocene.

Thierry Boutonnier and Julie Le Gall set up the Selfood / Sugar Killer research-creation project with Aurélie Rogé from Henri Barbusse college. This criminal investigation around sugar invites college students to observe the contradictory injunctions to which we are subjected as consumers and to question the actors – industrialists, politicians, scientists – who are at the origin of them. One way to explore the challenges of sustainable food in the Lyon metropolis.

Anthony Duchêne 
Anthony Duchêne is a visual artist whose work is a hybrid mix of sculptures, drawings and objects inspired by nature and animals. Crisscrossing the universe of taste and olfactoey sensations, his creations evoke figures of hybridization and mutations of plant and animal species, inspiring him to unique combinations. Passionate about natural wines, he works with peasant-winegrowers to study the functioning of soils, the balance of nature and polyculture. This creation research is supported by the Table & the Territory.

Jean-Philip Lucas
Jean-Philip Lucas works for various cultural wilderness projects, in particular through Ancoats, a structure specialised in the support of urban alternatives, of which he is one of the associates. From 2016 to 2020, he was the adiministrator of DOC, an artistic production and dissemination space in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. Since 2016, he has been in charge of development at the Parti Poétique, particularly working on the coordination of the project Zone Sensible – Urban Farm of Saint-Denis.

Collective SILO
Founded in 2015, SILO is a music label – whose practice is contextual and experimental – a publishing house, and above all an amicable association. They collaborate with Zone Sensible on “Récits-recettes”, a research-creation aiming to share what would be the specificities of sustainable food in Saint-Denis.

TUESDAY 24/11, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Art serving the transformation of food territories

With Olivier Darné, founder and director of the Poetic Party and the Zone Sensible urban farm, Fernando Garcia Dory, artist, founder and director of Campo Adentro and Maria-Thalia Carras, founder of Locus Athens.
In French

New Curriculum © Campo Adentro, 2020


Olivier Darné 
Olivier Darné is an urban beekeeper plastic artist. He is one of the founders of the Parti Poétique “a group of artists, thinkers and makers united around questions and bees that they pose in public space. As its name does not indicate, this collective, questions daily life and tries to go and see elsewhere if it is there, and in particular through the intermediary of art and the resources of the territories ”

Maria-Thalia Carras
Maria-Thalia Carras is the co-founder of Locus Athens. Since 2004, this nomadic initiative has been organizing contemporary art exhibitions, artistic commissions, conferences, screenings, educational programs and publications for public spaces in Athens. In 2019, she co-founded TAVROS, a permanent place of locus athens in the eponymous district of Athens to foster dialogue and bring together micro-communities while tackling vital social and political issues.

WEDNESDAY 25/11, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Changing the way we grow and eat through artistic practice

With Martin Zet, artist in residence at ArtMill, Georgina Hill, artist in residence at Campo Adentro, Maria Varela, artist in residence at TAVROS and her curator Olga Hatzidaki and Caretto e Spagna, artist duo in residence at Parco Arte Vivente.
In English

Paky Vlassopoulou, bread sessions © Dimitris Parthimos, 2020


Martin Zet
The Czech artist Martin Zet, born in 1959, is one of the most outstanding and prolific Eastern European artists. His work including video, sculpture, drawing, found objects, writing, performance and photography have been experienced across Europe, Eurasia, and the Americas for over two decades. His most recent retrospective exhibition, as part of his PhD work at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, was an ode to his father, a renowned socialist sculptor in the former Czechoslovakia who passed away 25 years ago. In residence at ArtMill for the Table & Territory Festival, he created a unique artwork on our consumption and relationship to food and feasting.

Georgina Hill
Georgina Hill is an artist who frequently collaborates with Campo Adentro. In 2019, she worked on the methodology of the program INLAND New Curriculum, a knowledge recomposition program. Her interests lies within the formal hybridity of moving images and the intersectional politics of locality by using video, text, installation as well as their combinations as a langugage of transmission.

Maria Valera and Olga Hatzidaki
Maria Varela is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on strategies of collective production and an interest in female communities. She creates digital and physical artifacts, systems, environments and live events in which concepts such as identity, memory, tradition and folklore are explored. Maria Varela with her new work Decorated Bread is part of TAVROS programming. Olga Hatzidaki is a curator and cultural producer based in Athens. Her ongoing practice revolves around public space and the various tools that can be used to touch upon social issues and the ever increasing climate violence. Olga is co-directing locus athens and is a co-founder of TAVROS, a newly established non-profit art space in the eponymous area of Athens and a home for locus athens’ projects with exhibitions, talks and community projects geared to responding to the social and political circumstances around us.

Caretto e Spagna
The Italian artist duo formed by Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna invests the field of life, food and its history. They conceives art as inquiry, a free way to investigate the multiple dimensions of reality: formal, qualitative and physical quantitative aspects of the matter but also philosophical and social aspects. In keeping with their respective educational backgrounds – landscape architecture for Spagna and natural sciences and scientific museology for Caretto – their projects (installations, collective actions, performances, sculptures) always results from a “relational process” with different elements (organic, inorganic, living, etc.) of the context in which they operate.

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Photo credits: Anne-Emanuelle Thion, 2020