FOXP2, Palais de Tokyo, June 23 - Sept 11
Curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
Trailer directed and produced by Le Studio Humain (Benjamin Penaguin)
Marguerite Humeau, who became the heroine of a quasi-mystic epic journey, set herself the impossible challenge to artificially reenact the origin of conscious life. The task is immense.
The exhibition FOXP2 is named for the gene whose mutation enabled the arrival of articulate language at the
source of our humanity. Here the artist is re-enacting the origins of life and the development of conscious
life forms. Imagining a world where giant elephants dominate the planet, Humeau has artificially designed
creatures endowed with emotions and consciousness.
For centuries, humans have struggled to understand its nature. Many questions are still unresolved. Can it be ever explained mechanistically? Does non-human sentience exist? If so, how can it be recognised? How does it relate to language? What are the triggering events that allow a being to become sentient?
Scenography : Juliette Rambaud and Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
Production manager (Palais de Tokyo): Félicie Bouché
Production manager (Marguerite Humeau): Juliette Rambaud
Voice synthesis, Sound design, Orchestration: Pierre Lanchantin (Machine Intelligence Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
Trailer, Logo and Graphic Design: Benjamin Penaguin (Le Studio Humain)
Orchestration Sound, Light, Hydraulic Systems: Johan Lescure
Hydraulic and Electronic Systems: Marcel Helmer
3d Modelling: Benjamin Penaguin (Le Studio Humain)
Carpet design: Camille Thiéry
Research Assistant: Katrina Stamatopoulos
Assistants: Richard Murphy et Lara Machado
Voices: Gideon Wagner et Ghizela Rowe
Special Thanks: Bernard Buigues, Carl Safina
and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels, DUVE Berlin, TAIPING