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Les Actes du désert (Acts from the desert)

Premiere at Mains d’Œuvres (Paris / Saint Ouen), November 9 and 10th 2017

Compagnie Vivons in partnership with La Transplansiphère, La métonymie and sas (science-art-society)


— I receive audio tapes in the mailbox. The voices of the different people I met in Mali during my two trips in 1999 and 2011. The testimony of an old man-memory who unrolls each name on the tree of my family. I think back to this text by Jean-Pierre Hamon who already invited me to travel in the desert. The periphery of Timbuktu. I see myself alone, sand at a loss, at sunset, where I decide to make this journey of initiation to find my origins. As a ritual that imposes itself on me, I have in a circle the elements that will reveal each step. A Malian saying says that dust holds the memory of ancestors. The sand runs between my fingers and connects me to them. I dance lost beings.

ACTES DU DESERT 180° from RACINE(S) on Vimeo.

It is there that I decide to leave in the desert to reconcile myself. In the Dogon country, it is said that every living or deceased person has a star in the sky. If the voice of the old man revealed to me my tree, on the ground, in my turn, I draw this family constellation. Throughout the journey, I cross different states that will shape me and where I feel to intermingle so many stories. I pay tribute to my father, to those migrants who decide to leave their country to find a better future. The writer and philosopher Amadou Hampâté Bâ said: « When an old man dies, it is a library that burns. » I dream of going to Timbuktu, the city of all knowledge, where I think I find the secrets of my intimate country.
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Choreographer and performer
Smaïl Kanoute

Bruno Freyssinet

Batiste Darsoulant

Set Designer
Ikse Master

Light creator
Alexandre Fandard

XULY.Bet and JAYONE Ramier

Abdou Diouri

Accompaniment in Executive Production
Alternative Inner Motion / A.I.M

Jean Pierre Hamon

Afroriginal ™

Duration: 1h

Trust 2 Decameron




Leonessa and Rocca Sinibalda (Rieti, Lazio, Italy), 8> 21 August 2017 – Erasmus + Youth Exchange

30 young people from Germany, Italy, Portugal and France (including settled refugees, asylum seekers and young extra-EU students) explored the Trust topic together with an artistic and citizen workshop open to the public.

Notions such as migration, cohesion and co-construction were at stake, explored through exchanges and artistic creation processes.

Trust 2 Decameron is the third episode of an artistic and citizens’ meeting that took place in Rocca Sinibalda (Italy) in the summer of 2016 and in Paris (France) in the spring of 2017. The project proposed to organize an artistic workshop bringing together 30 young Europeans in Leonessa and Rocca Sinibalda (Rieti, Italy) in the summer of 2017.

The experience involved young people in a positive, active and responsible approach, favoring the construction of a dialogue based on respect and trust. This meeting offered a unique space of creative expression between young Europeans, young refugees and international artists. Everyone was able to take advantage of this experience and enrich their vision of our ability to build together “common”. And try to imagine a new European narrative about our time.

Visit the Trust 2 project website.
Learn more about Trust 1

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Trust Youth Exchange

Paris, March 22th > April 2nd 2017 – Erasmus+/OFAJ-DFJW Youth Exchange


Trust youth exchange took place in Paris in March 2017. Among the venues hosting the activities are Cité des Sciences / La Villette and OECD conference center.

25 young people from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal and France (including settled refugees) questioned together the “Trust” topic through an artistic and citizen workshop opened to the public.

Migration, terrorism, integrity, cohesion, social and cultural heritage was among the topics at stake, explored through debates with experts and artistic creation processes.

The project engaged young people in a positive, active and responsible approach helping to construct inclusive dialogue built on respect and trust.This meeting offered a unique space for dialog and creative expression between young europeans, young refugees and international experts. Everyone gained from this experience and enriched its vision of our capacity to build up “common” together.


European Partners


Paris and Nanterre partners

  • Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, la Villette (City of Sciences Museum)
  • OECD Integrity Forum (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • Agora – Nanterre web (a venue for citizens’ initiatives)



Sas lab, science – art – society

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sas means transfer airlock in french, like a space in between different spaces, a connection, a place where you can meet. sas is also an acronym for science-art-society.

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Le sas is a group focused on research, design, production and dissemination of artistic and scientific works.

It associates la métonymie (digital art, with Ikse Maître) and La Transplanisphère (with Bruno Freyssinet) since September 2016.

Le sas aims to develop a culture of science-art-society projects, to promote a scientific and artistic culture and to accompany art-science projects. It revolves around art-science creations, art-science developments and art-science mediations. It opens up places for research and exchange within the academic research between artists and scientists.

Le sas is also a mobile art and science venue that meets the public. A first sas, Le sas>105, has been open since 2014 at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS, Institute of Space Astrophysics), Paris-Sud University, Paris-Saclay University.

Since January 2017, a sas has been opened in the Cité des Sciences (City of Science and Industry, the biggest french museum for Sciences explorations). It brings together scientists, artists, teams and the public of the Cité to undertake experiments and collective creations. Actions are transversal. They are conducted between the Cité de la Santé (health), the Cité des Métiers (work) and the Carrefour Numérique2 (digital crossroad) under the impetus of the companies La métonymie and the Transplanisphère.

The sas>cité allows:

  •    To create a dynamic between public and teams of the Cité, but also scientists and artists in residence
  •    To enrich the initiatives already programmed by the City
  •    To present to the Cité original art-science works or works under development in La métonymie and La Transplanisphère
  •    And to encourage the public to start new projects

The sas> cité is developing its actions over the years 2017 and 2018.


Corruption Objectified / installation at OECD, Integrity Forum 2016, Paris

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La Transplanisphere proposes its first experience in the frame of the new project “50 Shades of Integrity ». Designed ic cooperation with a team of Economist from OECD and a group of Sciences Po students, « Corruption Objectified » offers a pathway within symbolic objects of corruption associated by their little secret stories.
Visit Integrity Forum (19-20 April 16) at the OECD Conference Center (Paris), see the installation together with many corruption experts from all over the world. More info on OECD Integrity Week website.

Facebook event.

More info here.

OECD Integrity Forum and La Transplanisphère present

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What links a shiny bottle of Champagne, a leaking rice bag, a cobbled taximeter and a worn-out football shoe? They all had a role to play in a little story of corruption.


Corruption Objectified is the product of a joyful cooperation between the Integrity Forum team, La Transplanisphere and a team of Sciences Po Students. They choosed to explore the integrity topic in an different way, collecting symbolic objects of corruption associated to their stories. The result is a promenade offered to the audience, a concrete introduction to the multiple dimensions of a stake that may appear (sometimes) so difficult to fathom and so complicated to get to grips with.


What is, according to you, the most accurate object of corruption? Will you find it somewhere among the collection visible here? Please let us know, as we expect suggestions for the next experience!

The project

The exhibition Corruption Objectified is a first step of a future european project that wishes to question corruption: 50 Shades of Integrity. Co designed by 7 organisations coming from different backgrounds, the experience will associate artistic and civic approaches. It will also be based on the public participation and involvement. The partners are convinced that artists and experts have a dialog to initiate in order to bring creativity in the public debate on the corruption stakes.

If you want to know more about this project, or if you want to host Corruption Objectified in your own event please contact La Transplanisphère


The company

La Transplanisphère is an art company based in Paris (France) and led by Bruno Freyssinet. It develops a project questioning politics through art. How can creation stimulate the citizen debate on the future of our societies?

The company conceive and lead projects of international cooperation supported by the European Commission and other different tutelage in France and in Europe.

It proposes today a trans-disciplinary approach associating arts, citizenship, youth, education in a dynamic of activities linking the local and the global.

La Transplanisphère associates high school and university students, personalities of all horizons through the artistic creation, workshops, debates, interviews and publications.

The company wants to contribute to a renewed open-mindedness of the citizens towards the world.

La Transplanisphere projects are supported by the EU Culture programme,

Région Ile de France, OFAJ and Fondation Hippocrène


Corruption Objectified credits

Artistic direction: Bruno Freyssinet

Integrity Forum team: Jeroen Michels with Felicitas Neuhaus and David Hanel

Collective project with Sciences Po Paris: Manon Coyne, Damien Dotter,
Patricia Gautier, Sahar Hasan



Pierre Freyssinet, Sonia Vandomme, Faclab Cergy-Pontoise University, Muriel Poisson (IIEP Unesco), JK D-W, Kristina Vegera, Des Organismes Vivants


The 50 Shades of Integrity partners

Teatro Rigodon, Italy / Theater Dortmund, Germany / Ex-Quorum, Portugal
Policies for Development, Bulgaria / Teatermaskinen, Sweden
Transparency International, liaison office to the EU, Belgium

Collective Canal

A local network of performing arts company based in “grand Paris” area and sharing a project of workshops.
This collective started its activities in Feb. 2015 with several test workshops. Now, with the support the Paris Region (Ile de France) – Citizen’s Projects, it is made of 7 worlskops taking place all along the Canals (Saint Martin, Ourcq, Saint Denis) from Sept. 2015 to July 2016. The workshop will involve several disciplines: writing, theatre, circus, art in public space, video…
See the dedicated website (in french) for details.

Polart Circle




Polart Circle initiates a partner’s platform at the European scale, associating art companies, scholars, universities, civil society organisations and youth integration organisations.
Activities gathers artist-educators, emerging artists, experts and citizens interested in the relationship between art and politics.
Led on a three year period (2016-2019), the activities consist in workshops, researches, artist residencies, production of Moocs and organization of events.
During this experience, participants collaborate to conceive a methodology formalising the artistic creation process, associating art and politics. Participants then disseminate this methodology throughout Europe: promotion weekends and online publication of video material, like Moocs.

The thematic agenda considers each year as a “season”, throught the angle of one discipline:
season 1 (2016-2017) – Writing / exploring art and politics through a writing experience
season 2 (2017-2018) – Staging / exploring art and politics through designing and staging
season 3 (2018-2019) – Acting / exploring art and politics through characters and performing

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Polart Circle as presented on Sciences Po University website.