Justine Emard


curated by Walter Guadagnini


The title of the exhibition is inspired by a novel written by René Barjavel. This science fiction story relates a French expedition in Antarctica, revealing the ruins of a 900,000 years old civilization that is more advanced than our own. This exhibition creates some imaginary connections with the origins of the civilization through fragments of the past and visions of the future.


Justine Emard creates displays to explore the relation between our existences and technology. She explores a crossing between robotics, objects, artificial intelligence and life, based on deep learning experiences and human-machine dialogues.

Japan is one of her source of inspiration since the relation with the objects is very special due to the animism concept of Shintoism. She collaborates since 2016 with scientists and robot makers to question the relation between humans and machine and open new perspectives for the future.

The exhibition is composed by five different projects: The Birth of the Robots, The Ice People, Reborn, Co(AI)xistence and Soul Shift.


Justine Emard (born in 1987) is a visual artist, based in Paris, France.

She creates displays to explore the relations between our existences and technologies. Through different types of interactions, she explores a crossing between robotics, objects, artificial intelligence and life, based on deep learning experiences and human-machine dialogues. Her practice revolves around video, installation, photography and augmented reality.


Since 2011, she shows her work in France and abroad into individual and group exhibitions.

She had been in residence in the Cité internationale des arts in Paris (2015-2016) and in 2017, she is laureate of the residency Hors-les-murs of the Institut Français and Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo, for her project Reborn in Japan.

She participates to Clouds ⇄ Forests, the 7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Yuko Hasegawa and Nuit Blanche Kyoto with the show Mitate & imagination.

In 2018, she performed Parade for the End of the World in collaboration with Jérémie Bélingard and Keiichiro Shibuya for Yokohama Dance Collection 2018, co-produced by the Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris.

Her last exhibitions are Fukami, une plongée dans l’esthétique japonaise in ParisPendoran Vinci in the NRW Forum museum in Düsseldorf, Germany, Des horizons et le depart in la Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France, Daemons in the Machine in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Russia.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13th › 7pm

Guided tour with Justine Emard


SATURDAY, APRIL 27th › 4pm

Guided tour


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May 4th › 10am-11pm
May 25th › 10am-11pm
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