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Sensory Ethnography Laboratory (S.E.L)

(How) Will We Live (Together)?

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Verena Paravel (French, b.1971) and Lucien CastaingTaylor (British/Australian/American, b.1966) of Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Laboratory (S.E.L) (USA/France, est.2007)



This project consists of an architectural audiovisual installation that directly addresses the theme of the Biennale, How Will We Live Together?
It features voices from a diversity of fields, including architecture, philosophy, history, politics, literature, economics, anthropology cultural theory, and also visual and performance art. Leading intellectuals, activists, and artists address the current ecological and political crises afflicting the world, and imagine ways that we might live and die together, whether more peacefully or more violently, both among ourselves, and also with other species. An edited transcript of this film will be featured in a volume of two books separate from this exhibition catalogue.


In order of appearance:
Stephen Greenblatt, literary historian
Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosopher
Emanuele Coccia, philosopher
Amitav Ghosh, writer and anthropologist
Vincent Brown, historian
Ajantha Subramanian, anthropologist
Zareen Subramanian Brown, student
Dani Rodrik, economist
Mariana Mazzucato, economist
Nkechi Owoo, health economist J
oia Mukherjee, global health expert
Nicole Amara Onuoha, public health expert
Robert Templer, conflict analyst
Mila Baader Williams, student
Saskia Sassen, sociologist
Richard Sennett, sociologist
Mary Robinson, politician and lawyer
Bruno Latour, philosopher
Vinciane Despret, philosopher
Susan Goldhor, biologist
Olivia Judson, evolutionary biologist and writer
Violaine Lochu, performance artist


With the additional support of: Institut français

Production credits

Produced in S.E.L

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