Laureate 2020

Above, Anouchka Bagnoud (© DR) and Johann Recordon (© DR). Below, Quentin Arnoux (© DR) and Tijana Ivanović (© FM Foto Belgrade)

Through his research, the author makes visible a hidden yet essential dimension of the Anthropocene: the loss of sound diversity, caused by damage to ecosystems and the countless interferences from human activity. This work, of great narrative elegance, shows that sounds are acoustic compasses that could be very useful in orienting environmental policies and in debating the world of sound in which we live and wish to live.

The project summary

A research work remarkable for its rigour and precision, which analyses in life cycle terms the comparative durability of different organic compounds proposed as alternatives to synthetic fibres derived from fossil fuels, and which contributes significantly to the concrete understanding of our latitudes of ecological transition by showing that, at given current levels of use, these alternative compounds unfortunately do not succeed in credibly replacing the currently dominant fibres.

The project summary

After a factual and historical description of the recent biological revolution in Sikkim, this work explores how those who carried it out conceive of their relationship to the world. It suggests that such a revolution can only emerge in connection with an ontological transition away from an anthropocentric perspective and thus proposes an original and possibly promising way to change our Western and scientific understanding of sustainability. 

The project summary