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About the NaturArchy Exhibition

Embracing the arts for systemic change, NaturArchy proposes to re-consider our imaginaries on nature and the non-human. 

The Resonances IV exhibition on the theme of NaturArchy probes issues of deep ecology, sustainability and the decolonisation of nature. A number of art and science works explore and query the entanglement of human and non-human, green technologies and new materials, nature and law, ecology and economy, ancient and new knowledge. From global oceans to water flows, from contamination and bacteria to climate tipping points, pollinators, and landscapes of natural hazards; from natural and artificial intelligence to non-human values, forests, lands, soils, composting; from grief and mourning to rituals, wonder and collective action. 

Born from two years of deep inquiry, research and co-creation between artists, scientists and policymakers, which began with a summer school at JRC in 2022 and continued with artistic residencies at JRC in 2023, these works provocatively call to be juxtaposed to artefacts of natural and cultural heritage. To re-imagine our sense of place and belonging to the world; to respond to the entangled and profoundly symbiotic relationship between human and environment, through play and exploration of new possible configurations of the world. 

We invite you to come and explore: the exhibition will take place at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology, opening 24th May.

The exhibition is curated by JRC SciArt, Caterina Benincasa, Claudia Schnugg and Ingeborg Reichle, in partnership with iMAL and Paul Dujardin, strategic and artistic advisor JRC SciArt project. The exhibition's public programme is curated by Celine Charveriat.

About the exhibition on iMAL's website

Press reviews of the exhibition

The sculpture Earthbreakers at the Parc du Cinquantennaire as part of the NaturArchy exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Urban, Brussels Environment, Brucity, BC Materials, C-Mile and Paul Dujardin, strategic and artistic advisor JRC SciArt project.

Constructed with the support of: Agnes Brandstaetter, Charlotte Burgaud, Manoah Camporini, Amandine Faugère, Roya Keshavarz, Stefan Piat, Bjørg Dyg Nielsen. 


Watch another teaser of the exhibition


Carousel of NaturArchy artworks for exhibition page on website 3
Work in progress shots by (right to left): Jemma Woolmore; JD Whitman; Sam Nester and Marina Wainer; Yiannis Kranidiotis

Find out more about the works being shown at iMAL by JRC artists in residence and 3 local Belgian artists. 

Exhibiting Artists

Kristin Bergaust (JRC Artist in Residence)

Gala Berger (JRC Artist in Residence)

Penelope Cain (JRC Artist in Residence)

Yiannis Kranidiotis (JRC Artist in Residence) 

Lawrence Malstaf

Ingrid Mayrhofer-Hufnagl (JRC Artist in Residence)

Sam Nester (JRC Artist in Residence)

Nonhuman Nonsense (JRC Artist in Residence)

Ingrid Ogenstedt (JRC Artist in Residence)

Margherita Pevere (JRC Artist in Residence)

Giovanni Paolo Randazzo (JRC Artist in Residence)

Coline Ramonet-Bonis

Claus Lam Yong Schoening (JRC Artist in Residence)

Marina Wainer (JRC Artist in Residence)

JD Whitman (JRC Artist in Residence)

Jemma Woolmore (JRC Artist in Residence)

Le Biais Vert 

Researchers & Policymakers involved

Guillermo Garcia Sanchez, Evangelos Voukouvalas, Irene Guerrero Fernandez, Alan Belward, Luca de Felice, Graziano Ceddia, Frank Dentener, Elahe Rajabiani, Caterina Cacciatori, Jonah Lynch, Jaime Gomez-Ramirez, Arwyn Jones, Calogero Schillaci, Celine Charveriat, Lucia Iglesias Blanco, Diana Vieira, Julia Keimer, Isabelle Hupont Torres, Andrea Valsesia, Jessica Ponti, Marisa Sarria Pereira de Passos, Danijela Brkovic, Sandra Coecke, Saskia Vermeylen, Alba Bernini, Ana Montero Castano

Satellite Events

These works have given rise to activities, workshops and performances which will take place during the duration of the exhibition. We want to allow audiences to relate more directly and engage with the topics, issues, and materialities put forward by these artworks. 

Check out the calendar of events related to the exhibition below: 

24/05/2024 | Exhibition opening | 17:00 PM CET LaVallee & 19:00 PM CET iMAL, Brussels | OPENING WEEKEND PROGRAMME

25/05/2024 | Compos[t]ing opening | 11:00 AM Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels | OPENING WEEKEND PROGRAMME

25/05/2024 | AM & PM Synocene workshop by Sam Nester & Marina Wainer | Foret du Soignes, Brussels | EVENT PAGE 

29/05-30/05/2024 | NaturArchy events @ EU Green Week | Charlemagne building, Brussels | EVENT PAGE

12/06/2024 | Lament performance by Margherita Pevere | 19:00 - 21:00 PM CET | iMAL, Brussels | REGISTER HERE

13/06/2024 | Panel on art and science as tools for wildfire resilience | 10:00 AM -13:00 PM CET | CDMA, Brussels | EVENT PAGE 

14/06/2024 | Invisible Seeds workshop by Gala Berger | 16:30 - 18:00 PM CET | iMAL, Brussels | REGISTER HERE

14/06/2024 | Belonging to Land & Country - panel discussion | 19:30 - 20:30 PM CET | iMAL, Brussels |  REGISTER HERE



Carousel of NaturArchy artworks for exhibition page on website 2
Work in progress shots by (right to left): Penelope Cain; Nonhuman Nonsense; Margherita Pevere

About iMAL

iMAL is a space for artistic practices around the creative and critical use of new technologies. iMAL connects a community of artists, thinkers, makers and citizens from Belgium and abroad and offers a completely renewed infrastructure to support a program focussing on research, production and presentation. 

It occupies a unique position by connecting contemporary art production with other sectors - locally, nationally and internationally. iMAL seeks to grow, strengthen and diversify this community, informing about (technical) developments, inspiring and encouraging citizens to actively participate in the latest digital cultures, but also empowering them and teaching them to be critical of the challenges associated with the digital revolution. 

iMAL uses its unique position as a platform to connect other artists' initiatives, workshops and festivals with a focus on art, science and technology and sees it as its mission to translate these activities into a visible and audience-friendly way, building a bridge between the professional field and a broader public.

More about iMAL on their website.

Practical information

LOCATION: iMAL, 30 Quai des Charbonnages, Brussels 

Get directions: Google Maps / Open Street Maps

OPENING HOURS: Wed—Fri ▪ 10:00—18:00 | Sat—Sun ▪ 11:00—19:00 

TICKETS available at this link 

More information at 

Exhibition digital guide

Exhibition booklet 

VERNISSAGE: 24/05/2024

Press reviews of the exhibition: 

Exhibition booklet_NaturArchy_SCA_20240607.pdf
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Credits & Acknowledgments

An exhibition produced by the SciArt project of the European commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), with iMAL. Supported by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Curated by: JRC SciArt, Caterina Benincasa, Claudia Schnugg, Ingeborg Reichle & Adriaan Eeckels, and iMAL, with Paul Dujardin, strategic and artistic advisor JRC SciArt project. Céline Charvériat is curating the public programme running alongside the exhibition.

Graphic design by OSP. The posters use partly bio inks derived from the research project “Ecology of colour” done at KASK, School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium. More information.

Video teasers by Kristina Ianatchkova.

French translations: Sixtine Drossart & iMAL Dutch translations: Michael Meert & William Vanderborght

iMAL team: Élie Bolard, Lucía García, Yannick Antoine

iMAL interns: Louise Wadier, Ismini Kyritsis, Noah Destrée, Ninon Queral

Thanks to Virginia Bernardi for her invaluable work throughout all aspects of this project, Chiara Perucconi and Desislava Stoyanova for their endless support and patience, Desislava Strezova and Magdalena Moracova for support with communication administration and vision, Jolita Butkeviciene for trust and guidance, Fabio Taucer for moving us forward, Jutta Thielen-del-Pozo for her guidance support encouragement and brilliant mind, Lucía García for joining the adventure and believing in the project, Thomas Bernadet and dream crew for making this happen (and how!), Naouma Kourti for being there always, Dario Sciascia for joining us throughout and for the runs and fun, for all the JRC colleagues and researchers for feeding these encounters in art and science4policy with you brilliant knowledge and ideas, Yannick Antoine and Élie Bolard and the iMAL team for the patience and support, and the inumerable people that have helped supported guided sustained and nurtured the project throughout these two and more years of fun and development.