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#2 – The premises of ecological thinking GREEN SOUL, The Anthropocene, cultures, imaginaries

The Foundation is offering a new serie of lectures Green Soul, L’anthropocène, cultures, imaginaires, designed and led by Paul Ardenne, art historian and exhibition curator. This serie 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 premises of ecological thinking. When and how does green awareness emerge?

The second lecture, on Tuesday 12 December at 6.30pm, defines the culture, or rather cultures, of the Anthropocene through this methodological obligation: to qualify and specify its foundations: historical foundations, societal foundations, psychological foundations. When and how does ‘green consciousness’ emerge? How does ecological thinking emerge? How does it affect our minds and bodies?

The “green conscience” that emerges from the field of theoretical reflection is also an embodied conscience, intimately experienced, forged in direct contact with reality, from the moment we enter our domestic interiors and in the immediate landscape, which has become anthropocene. The best green consciousness, the most efficient, the most combative, is less intellectual than organic; it is less something of the mind than something carnal, something of the flesh.


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.