Maps and Islands

Art & Science Multidisciplinary Team, France

  • Guillaume Monsaingeon +

    Marseille, France

    Guillaume Monsaingeon is an independent scholar and curator. Member of the Norbert Elias research center, he teaches philosophy in Higher School Preparatory Classes (prépas) in Marseille. His works on Vauban and scale model (Les voyages de Vauban, la construction du territoire, 2007; Les plans en relief des places fortes du Roy, avec A. de Roux et N. Faucherre, 2007), have conducted him to organise several exhibitions on contemporary artistic cartographic practices: Mappamundi (Fondation Berardo, Lisbonne, 2011; Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, 2013), Alpha, beta, carta (Rentilly, 2014 ; Marseille 2015), Villissima ! (Toulon 2015). Since 2013, he is a member of OuCarPo. He is also a member of the acquisition committee of FRAC PACA (regional fund for contemporary arts). In 2019, he worked on a book on cultural history of the zenith and on an exhibition on islands that was presented at the Mucem in Marseille.

  • Jean-Luc Arnaud +

    Aix-en-Provence, France

    Jean-Luc Arnaud is historian and research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He works at the Telemme laboratory of the Mediterranean House for Social Sciences (MMHS) of the Aix-Marseille University. During the past ten years, his work focused on on the uses of cartography throughout history. He is the founder and director of Carto Mundi, an online international platform for the digitalization of cartographic heritage. He worked on a book about the history of the map of France.

  • Jean-Marc Besse +

    Paris, France

    Jean-Marc Besse is research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he is head of the team working on epistemology and history of geography (E.H.GO). He is professor of History of Geography at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris and professor of Cultural History of Landscape at the National School of Landscape Architecture in Versailles and Marseille. He is editor of the magazine Carnets du paysage. His work focuses on epistemological, historical and anthropological questions around geography. He also works on concepts and representations of space and landscape in modern and contemporary history. He worked on an exhibition that opened in 2019 at the Mucem in Marseille, "The Time of the Island" (co-curated with Guillaume Monsaingeon).

  • David Renaud +

    Paris, France

    David Renaud graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Grenoble in 1991 and entered the third session of the National Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble (L'Ecole du Magasin) from 1990 to 1991. Since 2010, he teaches at the Beaux-Arts in Lyon. Since 1992 his works have been showed in many collective exhibitions in France and abroad, and are part of several French public collections. His work questions the codes of landscape transcription and representation. Science and fiction are the driving forces of this exploration. Since many years, by combining painting with sculpture he has been creating a polymorphic Atlas, made of abstract and psychedelic paintings, camouflage, installations, maps, landscape sculptures (plan-relief or 3D models), all looking like scientific representations. The essential features of his work add a speculative tension to his art, in terms of thought, language and perception of the world—just like science or philosophy would do.

  • Gilles Tiberghien +

    Paris, France

    Gilles Tiberghien is professor of Aesthetics at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. He also teaches at the National School of Landscape Architecture with Jean-Marc Besse, where they organize a yearly one-week seminar on landscape theory and anthropology of space. His work combines aesthetics with history of art. His books include: Land Art (Carré, 1993), Nature, art, paysage (Actes Sud / E.N.S.P., 2001), Notes sur la Nature, la cabane et quelques autres choses (Le Félin, 2014), Dans La Vallée, with Gilles Clément (Bayard, 2009).

Maps and Islands

Iles Hondius, Indes orientales

The goal of the project was to question languages and practices associated with the use of a map and its materiality. They consider cartography as a field of exploration and of visual, practical, and theoretical propositions.
This question concerned more specifically the cartography of islands. Islands are geographic realities, but also viewpoints from where we can question the state of the world and its spaces. The island can also be understood as a metaphor and a sketch of human thought and perception. The map of an island is an image of how people represent the world and its inhabitants. The cartography of islands, which at first had nautical purposes, could be interpreted as a reproduction of the point of view and of the way of life of island people.
The study focused on a body maps that are both modern and contemporary, scientific and artistic, coming from very different cultural and geographical areas. Research was intrinsically interdisciplinary, crossing different point of views such as history, geography, philosophy, aesthetics, economy, art, etc.

The team was in residency at the Camargo Foundation from October 29 to November 12, 2017 and then stayed for another residency from April 25 to May 9, 2018 in partnership with LabexMed.