L’Académie vivante (Living Academy) is a new experimental Research Laboratory established for three years in the Epigenetics and Cell Fate unit (CNRS / Université Paris Diderot), in collaboration with Bétonsalon - Centre for Art and Research.
L’Académie vivante invites twice a year an artist to direct a research those theme is chosen by the artist. Developping their thematics with a temporary team over two to six months, the artists have access to other scientific laboratories and lead an experimental educational program designed for researchers, students and much as for the broader audience.
L’Académie vivante opens its first session (January-June 2016) with the artists Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson.
The research theme chosen by the artists tackles the notion of "Metabolism" and what it implies as much in the field of art, as in scientific disciplines as Epigenetics.
Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson have co-authored a body of works producing forms, objects, images and experiences, equally incorporating the mediums of photography, video, sound, performance, installation, drawing, sculpture and artists books since they began working together in 1998.
They took part to the last Bétonsalon’s exhibition « Co-workers : Beyond Disaster » (Paris, 2015-2016); « Some Artists’ Artists » at Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, 2014); The Artist’s Institute, (New York, 2014); « Art of Its Own Making » at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis, MI, 2014. « A Drusy Vein », curated by Maxime Guitton, was their first extended solo show in France (Treize, Paris, 2014) .
The Académie vivante is supported by the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.