A transdisciplinary study of the representation of plants and their powers to think about the question of animation, cinema, photography and more broadly, that of the image, in the era of the Anthropocene and in the context of the "plant turn" at work in the field of human sciences as well as contemporary art.
Even if plants have long been considered less alive than animals, their capacity to produce complex shapes and varied colors makes them privileged objects of admiration and experimentation. Many societies also stage, often in ritual contexts, vital processes such as the growth and flowering of plants or the longevity of trees. In line with this desire to exhibit visual and morphological qualities, photography and cinema, through the magnification and acceleration effects they make possible, help humans to better see, conceive and imagine the vitality at work in the plant world.
The result of a multidisciplinary dialogue between anthropologists, philosophers and specialists in visual and cinematographic studies, this book explores the capacity of images to discover the animation that runs through plants and to bring new forms of animism to modern societies.
Teresa Castro is a lecturer in film and audiovisual studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3.
Perig Pitrou, research director at the CNRS, is a member of the Social Anthropology Laboratory at the Collège de France where he leads the "Anthropology of Life" team.
Marie Rebecchi has a doctorate in aesthetics and is a specialist in avant-garde cinema. She teaches at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 and at the University of Lille 3.
Published in September 2020 by Presses du Réel
French edition 15 x 21 cm (stapled) 312 pages (color and b&w illustrations)