La Semeuse Tuesdays / October 2011

Tuesday October 18th, 8 pm
Screening of two documentary films around the challenges related to the preservation of biodiversity and the mastering of the living world, in the presence of one of the directors, Alain Guillon.
- Russie: menace sur le jardin d’Eden ("Russia: a Threat on Eden Garden", Laurent Cibien, Alain Guillon et Pascal Carcanade, France, an Arte Production, 2010, around 12'). Within 18 miles of Saint Petersburg, an Eden garden is threatened by bulldozers and estate agencies. The experimental station of Pavlovsk gathers more than 12,000 species of plants, flowers, fruit trees collected from all around the world and unique of their kind. 90 % of the varieties that grow there can be found in that place only. See the film on Arte website :
- Arctique, Une arche de Noé dans le Grand Nord  ("Arctic, Noah's Ark in the Great North", Laurent Cibien et Alain Guillon, France, an Arte France Production, 2007, 22'). A « Green Noah's Ark », this « bunker » fosters 4.5 million of seeds from the main vegetal cultures across the world. It has been created in the middle of the Arctic, on the Spitzberg archipelago, and financed by the Norwegian government. This seed vault provokes argues around the mastering of the living world and its associated economical interests.

 lâcher de ballons et graines, 25 mai 2011 © Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi
Presentation of La Semeuse: balloons and seeds release. May 25th 2011
©Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi

"La Semeuse Tuesdays"
Each third Tuesday of the month, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers team and Guilain Roussel invite you to attend a time for learning and dialogue through a program of conferences, discussions, walks, recipes, seed exchanges and/or screenings of films about gardening. Some of the subjects we will address include: Do borders mean anything to plants? Why do we label plants? Can we control nature? What is an indigenous plant? Is there a moment something becomes indigenous? What constitutes a project in consultation with the public? What does it contribute? How can gardening become a political act? We’ll talk about recycling, the urban environment and farming—all questions that will allow us to understand the function of urban gardens and the social and environmental issues they bring up.

Free entrance on reservation at or +33 (0)1 53 56 15 90