More details on EnsadLab website

The conference “The Fold”, taking place at Paris, 20-21 September, 2016, has been organized by P.Fratzl (Max Planck Potsdam), M.Friedman (Humboldt, Berlin), Benoît Roman (ESPCI) et moi-même (EnsAD).

It aims was to bring together two different disciplines: Mechanics and morphogenesis of (bio)-materials on the one hand and Philosophy on the other hand, in order to explore the interconnections and the possible influences that these two disciplines might have on each other while approaching the related subjects.

Although it might seem that these two disciplines are quite apart from each other, we aim to show that both of them deal with the same object but with a different set of tools, with the hope that the mutual exchange of ideas would lead also to breakthroughs in both disciplines.








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With the Espace Jean-Roger Caussimon in Tremblay-en-France and the Lieu multiple in Poitiers, this project is supported by the city of Tremblay-en-France, the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis and the Region Ile-de-France.


The work articulates three or four works questioning the notion of gene and DNA, contextualized in the hacker-space logic, Fab-lab and other laboratories of free bottom-up kludge.

As starting point, the use of a plastic material of a very singular nature, "to make" objects following several processes.




Just released


Emerging Materials & Imaginary Metamorphosis


by Dominique Peysson

translated fom French by Vanessa Place

With its title echoing to Gilles Deleuze works The Movement Image and The Time Image, The Image-Matter,
between philosophy, contemporary art and science, offers tools to create new mental images to understand this new vision of the world shaped by nanotechnologies and help us to do the necessary metamorphosis of our imaginary.

The scientific developments and new technologies are reshaping the world in a so complex way that it becomes difficult to perceive its guiding principles. It is now possible to control the structure of matter to a size so small that the the results obtained show properties out of the common run, approaching increasingly to the living –to which they are sometimes hybridized. The border between the inert and the living is increasingly blurred, and makes our landmarks wavering in this world in continual movement. With these new physical proprieties—unknown until now—revealed by the emerging materials, we need to rethink differently our relation and our apprehension to the world such as we knew it: this is the purpose of this essay.

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for international workshop GDR MePhy

Active Materials (electro- or magneto- responsive solids)


My lecture, on tusday april 12 :




Interview on avril 2 with Lia Giraud

on Ecole Nationale Supérieure radio : TrENSmission




International Symposium on 2D Layered Materials and Art: Two Worlds Meet

International Symposium

IMéRA, Marseille

My talk (in english), on wednesday mars 23 10h45 am has been:


Il has been be filmed and forecast:

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The emerging matter designed nowadays in our laboratories is cleverly effective: scientists reproduce smart arrangements that the living matter has optimized over generations, or they structure the infinitely small to attain previously unimaginable properties. While an immaterial art has developed since the twentieth century, this new materiality in contemporary art renews its way to approach the ancient hylomorphic couple of matter / form. The artist does not carve the external form but the internal sub-structures of matter, not the object but its properties. Taking note of its passage through the world of ideas, matter arises both as a tangible and intangible presence, matter and gray matter. A performer substance, since it is effective and active, which intense presence and ability to make reality foreign to us arouse very rich aesthetic feelings. It becomes responsive, to embody interactive works of another kind with which we enter into relation directly through the language of matter, bypassing digitality. A matter to be thought of, since our thoughts are originally corporal. Thinking the limits of matter, for example, at the beginning of our process towards artificial life.



Work in progress for an installation-performance with Olivier Goulet

La Générale

Performance Dominique Peysson/Olivier Goulet



Made it through the preselection round of the Bio Art and Design Award

The match making event will take place in The Hague (Netherlands). Friday March 11 at 1 p.m.

BioArt Award

Waag society Bio Art and Design Award



TRAFIC is currently on display at Jean-René Caussimon Center at Tremblay en France

from 4 January to au 27 February 2016
See on sur Centre Jean-René Caussimon website here



TRAFIC. Microfluidic Art Installation.

Scientific advice Patrick Tabeling and Fabrice Monti, MMS laboratory, ESPCI
Design with Adrien Bonnerot
Postdoctoral production under « Responsive Matter » program, Paris Science et Lettres (PSL), and EnsadLab (Paris).
(Research laboratory of École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs).




Saturday, 13th of february, Jean-Roger Caussimon center, Tremblay en France
Meeting-debate with Dominique Peysson
Under artistic residence, In partnership with « Le Lieu Multiple », Poitiers.
See on Centre Jean-René Caussimon website here



Artistic Work on the origin of the life…

How chemical systems, protocells, have been gradually able to become living cells! At what moment can we say that a system is alive, or that it is not yet? Andrew D. Griffiths's scientific team, Philippe Nghe and Rebecca Turk-Macleod at the laboratory of Biochemistry at the ESPCI allowed me to discover these fascinating researches. The apodiscope which I made allow to see the evolution of protocells in a context worked out by these scientists. They evolve and become more complex, as protocells have first done just before becoming living cells. No pictures available at the moment: the system is on study…


Proto-historic Trafic

Art and Science : biochemistry and microfluidic
In progress
Dominique Peysson

Scientific advice for protocells: Andrew D. Griffiths, Philippe Nghe and Rebecca Turk-Macleod, from Biochimistry laboratory of ESPCI, microfluidic advice : Patrick Tabeling and Fabrice Monti from MMS laboratory, ESPCI. Scientific discussions with Jean-Baptiste Labrune.
Under Reflective Interaction program/EnsadLab
(Research laboratory of École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs).
With PSL support



Artistic researches on DNA

L’ADN en plastiqueS (Plastic DNA)

With a series of four artistic works



Forthcoming articles



IMAGES INTERACTIVES : Arts, Sciences et Cultures du visuel
Coll. Essais, La lettre Volée Publisher, (Bruxelles)




How a specific folding can turn crease and tear into transversal notions
Emmanuel Ferrand and Dominique Peysson

Folds and tears are usually considered as dual notions in a mathematical sense: there is a strong relationship - topological and traumatic - between the fold of a material and the advent of its catastrophic tear. In this paper we relate a simple and concrete experiment that took the form of an art performance. It showed that using wisely the process behind a material fragility - the fold – and only a few sheets of paper, it was possible to avoid the dual nature between folds and tears. To carry out the analysis of this event, we will need to review some aspects of the mathematical theory of singularities , from the original point of view of René Thom. We will also discuss, through a read-write performance offered to readers in our text, other works from James Joyce, Stéphane Mallarmé and Roy Ascott.



Participation to the arts&sciences Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) working team.



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