Tuesday 16 April 2019, from 9h to 17h

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If animals inhabit the imagination of men, they also populate cultural institutions, sometimes considered as "harmful" creatures, sometimes valued as collectibles or supports for artistic creation. The presence of live animals in the context of heritage places has often been approached from the unique angle of nuisance, to the detriment of a broader analysis of their cohabitation with visitors and heritage professionals. 

From this encounter between the natural and the cultural, between the living and the heritage, a complex relationship is born which raises many practical, ethical and philosophical questions. What is the place of living animals in this context and their role in the evolution of cultural policies? How do professional conservation and exhibition practices integrate its presence, or even benefit from it? These questions invite us to consider new forms of interactions with animals. By going beyond the simple relationship of eradication or tourism and genetic enhancement, it will be a question of looking at the almost symbiotic relationship that links man to animals within heritage spaces perceived as so many living ecosystems. .



8h45: home
9h00 - 9h30: introduction

Session 1: From the living chain to the heritage chain: entry into the collection of living animals

9:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m .: "The heritage dimension of a national genetic conservatory for the Rambouillet Merino sheep breed"
- Roland DELON, director of the Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet
- Henri PINOTEAU, head of the Agriculture division at the National Archives

10:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m .: "Regulatory framework for the presentation of living heritage: one objective, to preserve biodiversity"
- Dominique DUCHÉ, director of the tropical aquarium of the Palais de la Porte Dorée

Session 2: From animal condition to heritage enhancement: the animal on display and its audience

11:15 p.m. - 11:45 p.m .: "The social life of zoo animals in West Africa"
- Julien BONDAZ, lecturer in anthropology at the University of Lyon 2

11 45 - 12h15: "Venenum in vivo: how to exhibit living things at the Musée des Confluences (Lyon)"
- Christian Sermet, head of the exhibitions department at the Musée des Confluences de Lyon
- Nathalie Candito, responsible for evaluation and studies at the Musée des Confluences de Lyon

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m .: "From ants to rhinoceroses: interests and constraints of presenting living heritage to the public"
- Luc GOMEL, director of the Lunaret zoological park in Montpellier

13 p.m. - 14:30 p.m .: Free lunch


Session 3: From the sacrificed animal to the sublimated animal: the living animal in contemporary art

14h30- 15h00: “Are the Conservatives healers? Are artists breeders? Some hypotheses about insect linings in a museum context ”

- Cyrille BRET, professor of art history

15 p.m. - 15:30 p.m .: "Exhibiting the living: feedback from the Nantes Arts Museum"
- Céline RINCÉ-VASLIN, head of collections at the Nantes Museum of Arts

15h30- 15h45: Break

15:45 p.m. - 16:15 p.m .: “A bringing together of the living in and for itself. The stakes of an encounter with the animal in an artistic and museum context ”
- Joshua DE PAÏVA, doctoral student in aesthetic philosophy

16:15 p.m. - 16:30 p.m .: discussion with the audience

16:30 p.m. - 17 p.m .: Round table: “Can heritage contribute to the preservation of living things? "

17 p.m. - 18 p.m .: Visit of the Hunting and Nature museum

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