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Arts, science and citizen involvement lie at the heart of dialogue at the Biosphère

The temporary interactive exhibit Imagine a future Biosphère! invites people of all ages and all backgrounds to express their views and shape the museum of tomorrow.
Credit: Espace pour la vie/Joséphine Loock
The temporary interactive exhibit Imagine a future Biosphère! invites people of all ages and all backgrounds to express their views and shape the museum of tomorrow.
  • The temporary interactive exhibit Imagine a future Biosphère! invites people of all ages and all backgrounds to express their views and shape the museum of tomorrow.
  • Ideas submitted in the context of the exhibition Imaginea future Biosphère! will guide us in our choices of future exhibitions and activities.
  • The guided exploration walk at Mont Boullé lets us take a fresh look at urban biodiversity.
  • View of the exhibition Juan Ortiz-Apuy. Tropicana, VOX, 2021.
  • Hua Jin, Visual Diary (2020-08-19), 2020, digital image, 76,2 x 50,8 cm.
Arts, science and citizen involvement lie at the heart of dialogue at the Biosphère

At the Biosphère, our mission is to engage in dialogue with visitors about environmental issues – through art, science and citizen involvement. What we seek to do is reach out to visitors not only with permanent and temporary exhibitions, hosted by our scientific educators, but also by way of a rich cultural program presenting a diversity of artistic projects and citizens' initiatives. In effect, a visit to the Biosphère is a scientific, sensory, poetic and committed experience all at once!

How does the Biosphère manage to talk about science, art and citizen involvement at one and the same time? The institution has really set itself a bold challenge. Our multidisciplinary team is always on the lookout for what's being published about environmental issues, and for developments in the arts. Sometimes it's a scientific publication, the emergence of an artist with a committed approach, or the initiative of a citizen's group lighting a spark.

Let's talk about ART

The scientific education team, working with the cultural officer, initiates a dialogue with artists to learn more about their approach and their vision. These first steps will serve to develop parallel educational content that provides a context for the exhibition within the Biosphère. Without distorting what artists have to say or misrepresenting their practice, we start from what their work can teach us in order to construct content.

Free outdoor exhibition

Hua Jin. Sometimes we look, sometimes we see

The artist Hua Jin has always had a deep interest in nature, which is very often featured in her works. Close observation of natural phenomena is a constant in her artistic approach. With this photo series, she shows that the way we direct our gaze is complex and requires concentration. At times, with her camera, she reveals majestic landscapes, while at other moments she gets us to look at small details.

Starting July 23

Juan Ortiz-Apuy. Tropicana

Visitors will make the acquaintance of Montreal-based artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy. You'll discover the artist's interest in objects made of plastic: although well aware that plastic is an important source of pollution, with destructive effects on the environment, Juan Ortiz-Apuy is nonetheless fascinated by the beauty and properties of such objects. In integrating them into his work, he addresses the influence of advertising on the way we consume.

In addition to enjoying a colorful and eye-opening exhibit, visitors will be made more aware of pollution of the oceans by plastic. School groups will also have the possibility of participating in interactive cultural-mediation activities.

Don't forget to keep an eye on our programming for other collaborations with Québec artists!

Let's talk about SCIENCE

Science is essential for a better understanding of the environmental issues facing our planet. The Ecolab introduces us to the secrets of the scientific process, while the guided exploration walk at Mont Boullé lets us take a fresh look at urban biodiversity. Igniting the interest of children and grownups in science and the environment is one of the Biosphère's missions.

Let's talk about CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

Did you know that the Biosphère now has a free room showcasing citizen involvement? In the years ahead, this citizen participation space will allow the public to offer exhibits. For the time being, in 2022, the temporary interactive exhibit Imagine a future Biosphère! invites people of all ages and all backgrounds to express their views and shape the museum of tomorrow with us. What would you like to learn about at the Biosphère? What environmental topics do you not want to hear about anymore? Or conversely, are there subjects that don't get talked about enough? Come share your suggestions and chat with our scientific education team! We'll carefully study your ideas, which will guide us in our choices of future exhibitions and activities.

Whether you're scientists, artists, environmentalists, teachers or citizens, you're invited to take part in the conversation about our relationship with the environment, here at the Biosphère. We're all in this together.

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