Metamorphosis and Contamination: The Permanency of Change

Station 16 takes the artworks of the fifteenth Biennale de Lyon, entitled Là où les eaux se mêlent [Where Water Comes Together With Other Water] as its object of study. Based on an original idea by Raphaël Brunel, curator, and Julien Discrit, artist, after Station 14 ("Matière et métabolismes"), this edition pursues the exploration of matter, at once a vector and product of contamination and metamorphosis. This matter is probed as a possible paradigm for taking stock of the porosity and intermingling between the creatures of the cosmos and for recomposing a cosmomorphic world.
Irrespective of the terminology chosen to define it, the period that we are traversing is characterised by brutal transformations, operating as much on the scale of ecosystems and the climate as on that – cellular and molecular – of the body and matter. In addition, the permanent exchanges brought about by the coexistence of humans and non-humans ought to be considered from the point of view of a perpetual and reciprocal contamination. In certain cases, this becomes the source of confusion between the natural and the artificial. Any kind of sensitive interface placed into contact and in relation to an exogenic organism, substance, or technology thus evolves or becomes reconfigured.
To what extent do these logics of affection or infection produce a set of reciprocal effects, influences, or reactions, suitable for generating new and dynamic situations in which metamorphosis would be paramount within the organism, in which change would eventually turn out to be permanent ?

Works under study


Views of Station 16

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Views of Station 16, IAC, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
© photo Blaise Adilon


Raphaël Brunel, curator, and Julien Discrit, artist

Bruno Botella, artist, and Mimosa Echard, artist
(dialogue recorded from Japan)

Grégory Chatonsky
La seconde nature des flux: morphogenèse, mimétisme et récursivité

Théo Massoulier
Terra Turba

Dylan Trigg
Alien Materiality: On the Anonymity of Childbirth
Philosopher, FWF Lise Meitner Senior Fellow at University of Vienna, Departement of Philosophy

Hélène Vial
L'univers selon les Métamorphoses d'Ovide, une interface sensible en proie à la contamination universelle
Latin Lecturer-researcher-HDR at University of Clermont-Auvergne

Cyrille Noirjean, moderator

Works under study

Composition and layout of images:
Olivia Grandperrin

Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes

From September 18th to January 5th 2020

- Amethyst, Collection Company Minerama Saint-Chamond
- Isabelle Andriessen, Tidal Spill, 2018
- Autunite de France, Collection Company Minerama Saint-Chamond
- Olga Balema, view of the exhibition Nature After Nature, Fridericianum, Cassel, 2014
- Olga Balema, Become a Stranger to Yourself, 2017
- Lynda Benglis, Chimera, 1988
- Lynda Benglis, Embryo II, 1967
- Hicham Berrada, Rapport de lois universelles, 2012
- Hicham Berrada, Présage, tranche, 2013
- Michel Blazy, Pull Over Time, 2013
- Michel Blazy, view of the exhibition Timeline, Galerie des Ponchettes, MAMAC, Nice, 2018
- Giovanni Boccaccio, De mulieribus claris, Ulm, 1473
- Bianca Bondi, Stir Series, 2018
- Bianca Bondi, view of the exhibition Repressed Memories Return..., Cité des Sciences, Paris, 2017
- Bruno Botella, Oborot, 2012
- Bruno Botella, Oog onder de put, 2012
- Bruno Botella, Foulbrood (dust is their food, clay their bread), 2015
- Charles Burns, Black Hole, 1998-2005
- Nina Canell, Gum Shelf, 2017
- John Carpenter, The Thing, 1982
- Giulia Cenci, Marine snow (scuro-scuro), 2019
- Giulia Cenci, Archipelago, 2018
- Natural citrine, Collection Company Minerama Saint-Chamond
- David Cronenberg, La Mouche, 1986
- Morgan Courtois, Dormant, 2016
- Julien Discrit, Pierres (karst), 2018
- Julien Discrit, Pensées 3A, 2018
- Julien Discrit, Pensées 1B, 2018
- Loan of Julien Discrit, Cicada molt
- Julien Discrit, Sédiments-Wendover, 2010
- Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, A Carrier of Action Potentials (1), 2016
- Mimosa Échard, O0ll0O, 2018
- Mimosa Échard, Telos, 2019
- Mimosa Échard, Bisoufleur, 2019
- Ultrasound of a 6 months old fetus
- Khalil El Ghrib, Sans titre, undated
- Endemic fauna of the Chernobyl zone
- Thomas Feuerstein, view of the exhibition Prometheus Delivered, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, 2017
- Thomas Feuerstein, Psilosphere, 2015
- Alex Garland, Annihilation, 2018
- Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin, 2013
- Ane Graff, Red Tide, 2017
- Ane Graff, States of Inflammation, 2019
- Daiga Grantina, La Med Fresh, 2018
- Pakui Hardware, view of the exhibition On Demand, EXILE, Berlin, 2017
- Pakui Hardware, view of the exhibition Extrakorporal, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, 2018
- Pakui Hardware, Lost Heritage, 2015
- Roger Hiorns, Sans titre, 2008
- Roger Hiorns, view of the exhibition Hammer Projects : Roger Hiorns, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2003
- Pierre Huygue, Living Cancer Variator, 2016
- Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled (Prism), 2015
- Camille Juthier, Be bi - être pierre, 2018-2019
- Camille Juthier, À la source, Cyanobacteria, 2018
- Tetsumi Kudo, Fossil in Hiroshima, 1976
- Tetsumi Kudo, Symbiose, 1972
- Mire Lee, Hysteria, Elegance, Catharsis; Words Were Never Enough, 2018
- Transformation mask, Kwakwaka’wakw Company, collected in 1901
- Gustav Metzger, Supportive, 1966-2011
- Hayao Miyazaki, Le Voyage de Chihiro, 2001
- Hayao Miyazaki, Princesse Mononoké, 2000
- Alan Moore, Swamp Thing, 1998-2005
- Sébastien Mounier and Thomas Cailley, Ad Vitam, 2018
- Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira, 1982-1990
- Jean Painlevé, Phase Transition in Liquid Crystals, 1978
- Shanta Rao, Sans titre, 2018
- Pamela Rosenkranz, Infection, 2017
- Pamela Rosenkranz, Anemine (Container of a Substance 2), 2016
- Pamela Rosenkranz, Our Product, 2015
- Pamela Rosenkranz, Skin Pool (Oromom), 2019
- Pamela Rosenkranz, Firm Being (Stay Neutral), 2009
- Karl Sims, Evolved Virtual Creatures, 1994
- Robert Smithson, Asphalt Rundown, 1969
- Robert Smithson, Glue Pour, 1969
- Stuart Staples, Minute Bodies, the Intimate World of Frank Percy Smith, 2016
- Satoshi Tajiri, Pokémon® number 132 Metamorph
- Fabrizio Terranova, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, 2016
- John William Waterhouse, Circe invidiosa, 1892 
Trevor Yeung, I Could Be a Good Boyfriend, 2013
- Anicka Yi, Biologizing the Machine (Terra Incognita), 2019
Anicka Yi, Biologizing the Machine (Tentacular Trouble), 2019

Study day

On a proposal from

Raphaël Brunel, curator, and Julien Discrit, artist

Friday, November 22, 2019
- in situ
Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes

Saturday, November 23, 2019
- ex situ

Usine Fagor

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Program of Station 16
→ download the program of Station 16  (french version)

Visit guide of Station 16
→ download the visit guide of Station 16

Synthesis of Station 16
→ download the synthesis of Station 16 (french version)

Audio recordings of the study day on November 22nd 2019, at Institut d'art contemporain:

Introduction with Nathalie ErginoRaphaël Brunel and Julien Discrit
[Part 1]
[Part 2]
[Part 3]

Lecture of Hélène Vial 
L'univers selon les Métamorphoses d'Ovide, une interface sensible en proie à la contamination universelle
[Part 1]
[Part 2]
[Part 3]

Talks with Hélène Vial
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

Presentation of the room 8 with Raphaël Brunel and Julien Discrit
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

Audio recordings of the study day on November 23rd 2019, at Usine Fagor:

Lecture of Dylan Trigg
Alien Materiality: On the Anonymity of Childbirth
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

Talks with Dylan Trigg
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

Lecture of Théo Massoulier
Terra Turba
[Part 1]

Lecture of Grégory Chatonsky
La seconde nature des flux: morphogenèse, mimétisme et récursivité
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

Talks with Grégory Chatonsky

Conclusion of Station 16 with Raphaël Brunel and Julien Discrit


→ read the document of Hélène Vial's lecture (French version)
L'univers selon les Métamorphoses d'Ovide, une interface sensible en proie à la contamination universelle

→ read extracts from Ovid's Metamorphoses selected by Hélène Vial (French version)

→ read the document of Dylan Trigg's lecture
Alien Materiality : On the Anonymity of Childbirth

→ read Dylan Trigg's article, The Return of the New Flesh : Body Memory in David Cronenberg's The Fly, Film-Philosophy, Volume 15, Issue 1, 2011

→ read Dylan Trigg's article, At the Limits of One’s Own Body, Metodo, International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 7, n°1, 2019

→ read the document of Théo Massoulier's lecture (French version)
Terra Turba

→ download the selected pictures about Théo Massoulier's lecture
Terra Turba

→ read the document of Grégory Chatonsky's lecture (French version)
La seconde nature des flux : morphogenèse, mimétisme et récursivité


Nathalie Ergino
Director of the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes

Jérôme Grivel

Ann Veronica Janssens
Artist, teacher at the School of Fine Arts, Paris

Flora Katz
Art critic, independent curator and doctoral student affiliated with the Institut ACTE (Art, Creation, Theories and Aesthetics - CNRS/Université Paris 1)

Sandra Lorenzi

Théo Massoulier

Cyrille Noirjean
Director of l’URDLA (International center estampe & book), psychoanalyst (member of the International Lacanian Association)

Stéphanie Raimondi

Vahan Soghomonian

Floryan Varennes

Mengzhi Zheng