genèse d’un paysage médusé

fabien léaustic


An invisible, elementary link connects us to all living things. Crossing time and space, deoxyribonucleic acid unites us with the world.

This project originates from an “Arts & Sciences” residency carried out in 2019 at the “cell and gene engineering” laboratory of the RIGHT Institute in Besançon. At that time, DNA became the artist’s new sculptural material. By manipulating this macromolecule and making it visible, he creates a new portrait technique. The result is clouds, floating forms in which we find the evanescence and the mystery of morphogenesis: DNA jellyfish. Through this practice, our identity is no longer the shape of our face, but rather a precipitate of our genome. This form is also found in the DNA jellyfish of a cat, a fern or a bacteria.

By focusing on the shape of these “DNA jellyfish” and using them to build a virtual landscape, Fabien Léaustic aspires to position humans on an equal footing with other members of the living world. May be this project will enable us to escape the anthropocentric vision of our relationship with our environment and explore our desire for immortality through digital memory.

A NeuroMarseille and Arts Vivants production.
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14 to 17 Jan. from 2 p.m to 6 p.m



Galerie Parallax, Aix-en-Provence

© Fabien Léaustic
© Fabien Léaustic

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Fabien Léaustic (FRA)

Born in Besançon in 1985, Fabien Léaustic has the particularity of being a graduate of both an engineering school and the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. With the support of the DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, he exhibits his work in France and abroad, in institutions (Palais de Tokyo, CENTQUATRE Paris, Center des arts Enghien les Bains, Casa de Velazquez Madrid, FRAC Franche-Comté… ) and in independent structures (Vasarely Aix-en-Provence Foundation, Espace Pierre-Cardin Paris, etc.). After two years of residency at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, Fabien Léaustic continued his research within the SACRe doctoral program (Sciences, Art, Creation, Research) funded by PSL (Paris Sciences Lettres). Fabien Léaustic lives and works between Paris and Lons-le-Saunier in the Jura.

Credits & mentions

Project initiated within the framework of an Arts & Sciences residency at the University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté – “cell and gene engineering” laboratory, the RIGHT Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (INSERM Unit UMR1098) in Besançon .

The images produced were the subject of a co-production between the residency and the Interface gallery in Dijon and with the support of the PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) research university  – SACRe (sciences, arts, creation, research).