How does the inanimate become animate? How do people establish an unusual or intimate relationship with objects? A group of anthropologists addressed these issues, at a time when our ideas of the human being are vacillating and the borders are continually being pushed back.
About the exhibition
Many objects have a status more similar to that of a person or a creature than that of a simple object. Works of art – Western or non-Western, popular or contemporary –, or high-tech products – robots, machines, etc. – are regularly endowed, in their use, with unexpected capacities for action, which render them almost people. Like a child devoted to its cuddly toy or someone who curses their computer or mobile accusing it of being incompetent or stubborn. Like the shaman who calls on the spirits through a statuette resembling the gods.
This transfer or confusion that exists between human and non-human, and the specific and personalised relationship that connects them, in a wide variety of cultures, is the vast subject of this anthropological exhibition. A foray into robotics, through the pioneering work of Masahiro Mori, will provide an insight into the role of anthropomorphism in diverse artefacts, and what unfolds when a robot with an all too human appearance - or any work of intimidating realism - comes under our gaze, unsettling the beholder.
Some of the works in this exhibition may be inappropriate for younger visitors.
- Emmanuel Grimaud, Anthropologist Research Associate at the CNRS
- Anne-Christine Taylor-Descola, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS
- Denis Vidal, Anthropologist, IRD Research Director (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)
- Thierry Dufrêne, Professor of Art History, University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
- Place: Mezzanine ouest
From Tuesday 26 January 2016 at Sunday 13 November 2016
Closed on mondayTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am-07:00 pmThursday: 10:30 am-10:00 pm
- Public: All publics
- Categorie : Exhibitions