A Metaphorical Institute

A Metaphorical Institute was created in April 2015, during a workshop on metaphors in immunology, bringing together researchers artists & scientists.

A Metaphorical Institute is a research group, of varying size, bringing together artists, scientists, dancers, researchers, willing to question the words of science and art, and in particular the use of metaphors within research practices.
Through workshops and public events, A Metaphorical Institute invites to work, collectively, on language and research practices. Combining different ways of experiencing/experimenting (theoretical, plastic, somatic…), it intends to set thoughts in motion, build and share tools for critical thinking, to be used by other researchers, scientists, artists, citizens.

2016 – 2018 : Project “D'un monde à d'autres”, funded by Daniel et Nina Carasso Foundation.

This project consist in a series of 3 workshops, which are iterative (connected to each other) and itinerant (Aubervilliers, Jerusalem and Bidart), and will each gather about 15 artists and scientists. This trilogy aims to question and enrich metaphors which we use in our respective research practices. It aims to create and share tools for critical thinking, to be used by other researchers, scientists and artists, citizens. The topics to be explored will evolve from one workshop to another. The tools will be refined and developed.

The project “D'un monde à d'autres” is coordinated by Mathilde Chénin, artist, Anna Principaud, artist, and l'Atelier des Jours à Venir.

  • Mind your metaphors : You can have a look and use the first tool we have built here: for online reading or for printing30 copies of this tool have been designed by Martin Plagnol et Elsa Aupetit (studio Kiösk).

Past activities

La Galerie CAC de Noisy-Le-Sec, open work session
around Métaphores, immunité, corps, connaissance, institutions 
by Mathilde Chénin et Anna Principaud