From 7 to 10 February 2022, within the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union, the Grand Palais Éphémère presents EuroFabrique. L’ÉSAD Orléans will present the Europa 2022 project in collaboration with The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (Poland).

Driven by the research programme in art and design “Objects, Crafts and Computation , in dialogue with the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, the Europa 2022 project is a participatory and generative plan designed from a linguistic map of the continent, which involves a collection of sculptures generated through a process of materializing sound data from the recordings of a text by the Czech philosopher, Jan Patočka, read in different European languages:

«  C’est un même héritage qui se maintient à travers les catastrophes, et c’est pourquoi il me semble qu’on peut se hasarder à affirmer que l’Europe – l’Europe occidentale surtout, mais aussi celle qu’on appelle «  l’autre Europe  » — est issue du soin de l’âme. Της ψυχής επιμελείσθαι, voilà le germe dont est né ce qu’a été l’Europe.  »
Jan Patočka, Platon et l’Europe, Séminaire de 1973, trad. E. Abrams, Lagrasse, 1983, p.99.

Europa 2022 introduces a sound topography of Europe revealing its linguistic diversity.

To make this happen, the research programme is calling for contributions in order to collect a large variety of recordings in the different languages spoken in the European Union. Through the use of an algorithm, the research programme will transform the recordings from participants into DATA_Sculptures shaped by a ceramic 3D printer. Each sculpture will be unique because its exterior texture will be generated by each participant’s words.

The team

ECOLAB research teacher
Caroline Zahnd, Olivier Bouton, Sylvia Fredriksson

DSRD (3rd cycle) research students
Anne-Laure Fréant, Manon Souchet, Eva Vedel

(3rd cycle) Associated Post-graduate “Connected objects” student 
Amélie Samson

DNSEP (2nde cycle) Students
Hugo Bosqué, Salma Essid, Emmanuel Hugnot, Luiz Gustavo Machado de Carvalho, Gabriel Martinez, Etienne Mosnier, Thérèse Nalin, Maëlle Pires