Down to Earth
Written by Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati, with Duncan Evennou
We have long believed that we were walking on a globe, on the Globe. But in recent years, the geochemists have shown us a completely different planet. They look at the “critical zone”, this thin surface film of Earth where water, soil, subsoil and the world of living beings interact. If this area is critical, it is because life, human activities, and their resources are concentrated there.
- 1 h
- In English
Can we change the way we see the Earth, no longer as the distant blue ball lost in the cosmos, but rather, in cross-section? Our way of walking on Earth would no longer be on but with. Such a change of perception is a matter of perception, sensation and modelling. And there is nothing like the theatrical stage to try out a thought experiment: let us stand not on the globe, but in this “critical area” of which the scientists speak. Welcome to Caveland! If we are in a cave, it’s not that we have lived in caves, or in a kind of Platonic cave, but because there is no outside, nothing else for us than the thin and fragile skin of this critical zone. To try to understand what it means to “live inside”, we will do a series of tests that combine the tools of modelling and simulation to bring together two ways to make us sensitive: the way of science and the way of the theatre.
For ten years, philosopher Bruno Latour and director and researcher Frédérique Aït-Touati have been working on projects at the intersection of research and theatre. Their projects strive to stage the process of a developing thought, putting it in a place of modelling and perceptual experiment. “Inside” is born of their common interest in the Critical Zone, Bruno Latour’s work on the Anthropocene and Frédérique Aït-Touati’s projects on the heuristic and immersive qualities of theatre.
Staging Frédérique Aït-Touati
Performed by Duncan Evennou
Set Design by Patrick Laffont DeLojo
Images by Alexandra Arènes, Axelle Grégoire, Sonia Levy, and from the book “Terra Forma” (Frédérique Aït-Touati, Alexandra Arenes, Axelle Grégoire, B42, 2019)
Translated by Andrew Todd
Production Zone Critique Company