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Creators facing Climate Emergency: Tino Sehgal and Agnès Sinaï

Fondation Thalie is pleased to join the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris for the 3rd season of “Creators facing the climate emergency” and invites for the inaugural encounter visual artist and choreographer Tino Sehgal and environmental journalist, teacher and Founder of the Momentum Institute, Agnès Sinaï.

Launched in 2020 by the Fondation Thalie’s founder Nathalie Guiot, the series of conversations Creators facing climate emergency calls upon the creative vision of the artist to imagine alternative futures and to reveal scientific facts through sensory experiences that involve collaboration with scientists and to foster greater knowledge-sharing between these two disciplines. 

The full series of conversations is now available as an audio podcast!


Wednesday 26 October, 6pm-7:30 pm (École des Arts Décoratifs)

Guests: Tino Sehgal, artist and Agnès Sinaï, journalist and founder of the Momentum Institute.
Co-moderated by Nathalie Guiot, Founder-President of the Thalie Foundation, and Annabel Vergne, teacher at École des Arts Décoratifs. 

Creating without destroying: is this possible?
Sobriety is the order of the day and innovation must now be frugal in the face of the injunction to reduce our CO2 emissions by 43% by 2030.  The change in society is systemic. Each step forward takes time and yet we have to move so fast. What is the impact of such an environmental challenge in the artistic sphere? Tino Sehgal, one of the most influential artists of his generation, has over the years built up a practice linked to the immaterial, to the performance that is by definition ephemeral, and to an experience lived by the spectator, in which voice, language and movement become artistic forms. The artist talks to Agnès Sinaï, professor at Sciences Po Paris and founder of the Momentum Institute, a think tank on the Anthropocene and the effects of degrowth. Together, they will discuss how to create without exhausting our natural resources.


The guests

Renowned as one of the most important artists of his generation, Tino Sehgal (b. 1976, England) develops a radical artistic practice that takes the form of “constructed situations”: inspired by ballet, theatre, and performance, his living installations value one’s relationship with the other more than the creation of a defined object. The ephemeral nature of his work is based on the specificity of an encounter involving verbal exchange between actors and visitors around societal, philosophical, economic or artistic subjects. Trained in dance and economics, Tino Sehgal was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2013, winner of the Golden Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and his work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Tate Modern, London.


Agnès Sinaï is an environmental journalist, author, and founder of the Momentum Institute, a network for reflection on the politics of the Anthropocene, collapse and degrowth. In 2010, she created a course on the politics of degrowth at Sciences Po. She holds a doctorate in spatial planning and urbanism (University of Paris Est), and a diploma in permaculture market gardening. She is developing a reflection on bioregions as places of earthly hospitality. She is the co-author of Le Grand Paris après l’effondrement (Wildproject, 2020) and of various books, including Sauver la Terre (Fayard, 2003), Petit traité de résilience locale (with Pablo Servigne, Raphaël Stevens, Hugo Carton, ECLM éditions, 2015), Walter Benjamin face à la tempête du progrès (Le Passager clandestin, 2016).


Practical information

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm followed by a convivial exchange with the speakers
École des Arts Décoratifs, 31 rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris

Based on a curatorial proposal by Fondation Thalie, this third season hosted at the École des Arts Décoratifs is organised by Stefano Vendramin, curator of the programme “Creators facing Climate Emergency”, in co-construction with Francesca Cozzolino, teacher in human and social sciences, and Patrick Laffont-DeLojo, teacher in stage design at the École des Arts Décoratifs.


In partnership with the École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris