The “Zér0” exhibition is presented at the Montreal Biosphere until April 7, 2024.
For Marilyn Perreault and Annie Ranger, from the Théâtre I.N.K., participation in this exhibition was an opportunity to reflect on certain gestures in our daily lives or on polluting consumption habits that could disappear if we migrated towards a zero waste world.
Their work, presented in the form of a cabinet of curiosities, exhibits everyday objects that pollute – aerosol hairspray, single-use fruit and vegetable packaging bags , gas pump – and the gestures associated with them, represented in mime to illustrate a futuristic vision where these gestures would have disappeared.
Are we capable as humans of questioning the actions we make every day? I think so. We say to ourselves: we are capable of change. We are capable of making certain gestures obsolete. We are capable of deconditioning ourselves, maintains Marilyn Perreault.
The professors' research laboratory was also reproduced at the exhibition site. Visitors can access the zero waste report which served as the basis for designing this exhibition and immerse themselves in the intellectual process of the researchers.
If Professor Virginie Francoeur does not hide her desire to see visitors reflect on their behavior and adopt more eco-responsible habits after their visit, she does not wish to be moralistic. Rather, it is the emotions that it attempts to arouse in the citizen.
We really wanted to give a message of hope through these different proposals, to encourage dialogue and reflection, explains the researcher, who is also a writer.
Researcher Virginie Francoeur wanted to create an artistic exhibition based on scientific research on zero waste.
And, a sign that science is never good far from the artistic approach, the exhibition is also an opportunity to collect data. Visitors are invited to complete a questionnaire targeting the works that left their mark on them, the emotions they experienced and the ecological changes they would like to adopt. The participants will also be followed three and six months after their visit to the Biosphere.
This data will give rise to another part of research which will allow the researchers to measure the influence of art in citizen engagement in favor of the planet.
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