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Word of Makers facing ecological emergency: Claudia Comte & Tom Battin

In the light of current times, the Foundation is broadening its field of exploration to include ecological issues through a series of online and live conversations “Word of Makers: facing the ecological crisis”. Artists, scientists and searchers are invited to question today’s world and create new narratives to draw more desirable futures:

– Which commitment and responsibility do the artist and the philosopher have regarding this crisis?
– How are artistic and writing practices impacted? Which behaviour should individually and collectively be implemented?
– What new way to produce and display art while public engagement becomes increasingly immaterial?
– Which vision and creativeness to be impulsed for reinventing tomorrow’s world?

Thursday 30 September from 7pm to 8pm
: Claudia Comte, artist & Tom Battin, political science researcher.

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  • Access livestream diffusion on the event page of our website and on Facebook Live.

This talk will be available as a podcast on our website and on Youtube the day after diffusion.


Claudia COMTE 

Born in 1983, Claudia Comte holds a master’s degree in art and science from the Haute Ecole Pédagogique des Arts Visuels in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mainly known for her impressive site-specific installations that allow the public to encounter art through nature, her minimalist work mixes geometric painting and abstract sculpture. Through the decomposition and repetition of motifs inspired by Op Art and Pop Art, Claudia Comte offers a colourful and dynamic work. However, although seductive to the eye, her works question above all the memory of materials and their ecosystem. Thus, the wood she uses reminds us of the climatic evolution of the planet, making us aware of the modification of materials intrinsically linked to their ecosystem. After numerous residencies in France, the United States and South Africa, she was awarded the Swiss Art Awards in 2014. Claudia Comte is represented by König Galerie and Gladstone Gallery.



Tom Battin has a doctorate in ecology and is a professor of environmental science at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), specialising in aquatic ecosystems. By demonstrating the role of microbial biofilms in river ecosystems, Tom Battin has made the scientific community aware of the importance of inland waters in the global carbon cycle. Dominating microbial life, biofilms are an ancestral and multicellular life form of the Earth, which, by reproducing, contribute to the balance of ecosystems and the carbon cycle. His current research focuses on high mountain streams. To this end, he leads the project “Vanishing Glacier – What Else Besides Water Is Lost?” at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). In recognition of his research, Tom Battin was awarded the prestigious Start Prize in Austria.