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#3 – The imaginary of the end of the world. Post-apocalypse, dystopia, ecological teleologyGREEN SOUL, The Anthropocene, cultures, imaginaries

The Foundation is offering a new series of lectures Green Soul, L’anthropocène, cultures, imaginaires, designed and led by Paul Ardenne, art historian and exhibition curator. This series of lectures, conceived as a whole, aims to give a picture as complete as possible of the anthropocenic ‘spirit of the age’, the prodigal of the ‘Green Soul’.

The imaginary of the end of the world. Post-apocalypse, dystopia, ecological teleology

The third lecture, Tuesday 23 January 2024, will question the theory of the end of the world as seen and imagined by mankind. Some proclaim that in ecological terms “another world is possible”, while others consider that the world, for mankind, is lost – in the more or less long term. It is an imaginary world in which humans have reached their ultimate development, and which excludes them or returns them to regressive forms of life, marked by primitivism. The Anthropocene imaginary is characterised by a whole culture that is both apocalyptic and dystopian, which Paul Ardenne will confront on this occasion.


Paul Ardenne has a degree in History and a doctorate in Arts and Art Sciences. He is a contributor to the journals Art press, Archistorm and INTER-Art actuel, and is the author of several books: Art, l’âge contemporain (1997), L’Art dans son moment politique (2000), L’Image Corps (2001), Un Art contextuel (2002), Art, le présent (2009), Un Art écologique. Création plasticienne et anthropocène (2018), L’Art en joie. Aesthetics of joyful humanity (2023). He is also a novelist and specialist in architecture (Terre Habitée, 2005; La Bonne ville, 2019; Le Boost et le frein – Comment l’humain bâtit au 21e siècle?, 2021…).

As a curator of contemporary art, Paul Ardenne has designed numerous exhibitions, the most recent of which are “Dendromorphies. Creating with trees” (Paris, 2016), “Courants verts. Creating for the environment” (Paris, 2019) and “L’anthropocène et après” (Saint-Denis de la Réunion, 2020). He has produced several programmes on France Culture devoted to art in the age of the Anthropocene (“L’art est l’environnement“, January 2023) and is a regular contributor to the series of programmes The World in Images, on the ARTE television channel.



1. Words that say it all. The “Anthropocene” and its new vocabulary: new reality and new languages. Tuesday 21 November, 2023, 6:30pm.

2. The beginnings of ecological thinking. When and how is green consciousness born? Tuesday 12 December, 2023, 6:30pm.

3. The imaginary of the end of the world. Post-apocalypse, dystopia, ecological teleology. Tuesday 23 January, 2023, 6:30pm.

4. From anthropocene disaster to prodigal creation. The environmental destruction of the world and its rich aesthetic translation. Tuesday 20 February, 2024, 6:30pm.

5. The Green Soul, a cultural commitment. The intellectual movement and the design of a new pro-Earth language. Tuesday 19 March, 2024, 6:30pm.

6. Anthropocene-art 1, visual arts. Painting, sculpture, installation, video between lament and degrowth. Tuesday 2 April, 2024, 6:30 pm.

7. Anthropocene-art 2, Ecopoetry, ecocinema, ecoBD, ecomusic, ecotheater, ecodance. Tuesday 28 May, 2024, 6:30pm.

8. Towards a Green Soul culture. A new mental, psychic and behavioral alliance. Conjuring anthropophobia and hatred of the destructive human. Tuesday 11 June, 2024, 6:30pm.


Practical information
Conference upon reservation
Duration: 1 hour followed by a discussion with the audience (French speaking)
Full Price: 12€ / Reduced Price: 5€ (students, under-26s, SMART members, jobseekers)
Pack of 5 conferences (on the dates of your choice): €45 (instead of €60)


In partnership with ESA Saint-Luc Bruxelles School, Master in Social Innovation Design.