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A corps ouvert, de la plasticité végétale à l'espace plasticien

Abstract : The notion of plasticity applies largely to entities of a heterogeneous nature. The argument developed is that plants are both the most emblematic category, the most ostensibly exposed to our gaze, and the most problematic. This is because they are unconventional entities whose characteristic is to be proliferous. They are “open beings” that do not meet the definition of a topos by an immediate stationary limit. The plants in continuous development have neither inside nor outside and are thus “attached” to the space in which they are built, materializing little by little. The very status of the ordinary space, the lived space, thus needs to be rethought since it appears to be co-gestative, and not a simple container distinct from its content. The plasticity of plants cannot be kept separate from the topological properties and plastician activities of space, itself participating in the proliferous gesture. The local kinetic displacement of conventional entities with an immobile topological limit is mirrored by the morphic motion of plants whose limit constantly moves with, and not in, the plastic space. This reflection aims to account for the aesthetic experience to which the ontological openness of plants confronts us in an obvious way, and yet unthinkable because it escapes our conceptual categories shaped by topological standards. Through art, possible directions are proposed to simultaneously capture the plant and space as a perceptive and paradigmatic horizon, especially in the work of the painter Alexandre Hollan.
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Sylvie Pouteau. A corps ouvert, de la plasticité végétale à l'espace plasticien. PLASTIR, [Longpont-sur-Orge]: PSA research Group, 2021, pp.33-52. ⟨hal-03282503⟩



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