Spring Odyssey

élise morin


The interactive VR experiment and the mutant plant are the basis of the Spring Odyssey multimedia project, which will provide a space between the real and the virtual, a mixed experiment around the invisibility of radioactivity.

In collaboration with biologists, experts from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) are trying to discover the secret of resistance to radioactivity, an essential skill to survive a hypothetical colonisation of space or for a recovering of the earthly living. This secret is potentially hidden in one of the most radioactive terrestrial landscapes: the Ukrainian «red forest». Located less than a kilometre from the Chernobyl power plant, it has become, since the catastrophe, an observatory where answers are sought, found and fantasized, a territory that is both real and a fictional melting pot.

The VR experiment allows you to enter the site and interact with its fauna, flora and the radioactivity it contains. Between fragility, strength and resilience, our relationship with this damaged world will be outlined through the complicity between a real and a virtual mutant plant in order to create a possible way of «living with». It is not a question of denying the ecological catastrophe, far from it, but of rethinking the world from co-existing living organisms, sources of learning, whether they are mutant or not, visible or not without hierarchy.

Presentation of the prototype of chapter 2 of the RV experiment currently in the production phase, which will have a total of 4 chapters.

© Gregoire EDOUARD
© Gregoire EDOUARD
© Elise Morin

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Elise Morin (FRA)

Trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Central Saint Martins College in London, and the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, Elise Morin is born in 1978. She lives and works in Paris.

She develops an interdisciplinary practice rooted in ecological thinking that questions our relationship to the visible and to types of coexistence. The design and production processes generate collaborations with scientists, local communities, engineers, musicians and philosophers. The choice of specific places and environments are intrinsic components of her work. They enable reflection on the relationship of creation to the common good, on the role of esthetics in understanding other perceptions of a damaged world.

Her commitment to creation has been rewarded by the award of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Prize |USA| the Best of Lab art and sustainability 2012. Elise Morin has notably exhibited in France at the Centquatre, the Jeu de Paume, the Grand Palais, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the city of Bucharest, Moscow and the city of Tokyo.

Credits & mentions

Artist/Director: Elise Morin
Scientific partners:
Jacqui SHYKOFF, Researcher (DR1 CNRS) and Director of the Ecology, Systematics and Evolution Laboratory, University of Paris-Saclay
Tim MOUSSEAU, Professor of Biological Sciences of Environmental Research in Chernobyl and Fukushima, University of
South Carolina Columbia

Lucid Realities Studio – Chloé Jarry
Tulipes & Cie Production – Charles Drouin
France Télévisions
La Diagonale-Paris-Saclay