Les Voix de la Vallée

Emanuele Coccia and Fatoumata Kébé

Has the sky become a dumping ground? Spatial debris and the shape of the Earth as seen from space

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About the night class

As part of the exhibition The Valley by Fabrice Hyber, the Fondation Cartier invites astrophysicist Fatoumata Kébé and philosopher Emanuele Coccia to inaugurate the first evening class of the Voices of the Valley series. Within the exhibition spaces, the two guest speakers discuss the hypotheses proposed by Fabrice Hyber in his paintings before a live audience.

This inaugural edition refers to works like Le Musée du plastique, Pente d’eau, Artifice New World, Nouvelle répartition du monde, and Nouveau monde, as the two experts in their field will ask themselves the question: “Has the sky become a dumping ground?” and discuss themes like spatial debris and the shape of the Earth as seen from space.

This live discussion will be broadcast simultaneously on the websites of the Fondation Cartier and *Duuu Radio, and in the form of podcasts via the main platforms.


With the participation of:

  • © Edouard Caupeil.
    Emanuele Coccia

    Italian philosopher Emanuele Coccia has been an associate professor at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales since 2011. He initially studied agronomy before moving toward philosophy and philology. After studying in Florence, where he obtained his doctorate in 2005, he was invited as a research-professor by the universities of Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Düsseldorf, and later Columbia and Harvard. He is the author of Sensible Life: A Micro-Ontology of the Image; The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture; Metamorphosis, and Philosophy of the Home. He has recently participated in the production of animated videos such as Quercus (2020, with Formafantasma); Heaven in Matter (2021, with Faye Formisano), and The Portal of Mysteries (2022, with Dotdotdot). In 2019 and 2021, he contributed to the exhibition Trees, presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, as well as to the catalogue published for the occasion. He also contributed to Damien Hirst’s book Cherry Blossoms, published by the Fondation Cartier in 2021.

  • Fatoumata Kébé

    A doctor in astronomy from the Sorbonne, Fatoumata Kébé specializes in the study of the spatial environment and planetary nebulae. In addition to having studied spatial engineering for one year at the University of Tokyo, Fatoumata Kébé has done internships at the European Space Agency and other institutions specialized in space. She currently co-chairs the Young Astronomers Committee of the International Astronomical Union and is a member of the Young Researchers Committee of the Royal Astronomical Society. Vanity Fair named her one of the most influential French people in the world in 2018. Six years ago, Fatoumata Kébé founded the association Éphémérides, which promotes the practice and teaching of astronomy to the general public.



Practical information

Additional information

Thursdays at 7pm.
Estimated duration: 1 hour.
Discussions in French.
Free seating within the limit of available spaces.
Access to the classroom where the evening class is held upon presentation of the exhibition ticket.
This ticket includes access to the evening class on the date chosen when booking, as well as entry to the exhibition that same day from 5pm.
The evening classes are broadcast live on the websites of the Fondation Cartier and *Duuu Radio, before being made available in the form of podcasts.
Latecomers will not be allowed access to the event so as not to disturb the speakers or interfere with the audio recording. We thank the audience in advance for their punctuality.

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