The move from sciences to technology is not systematic or linear. It is by bringing together concepts that are apparently scientifically remote from each other, and that have sometimes been developed at opposite ends of the globe that innovations are triggered. The series will provide an opportunity to meet them, namely, scientists. The sciences often move forward in that sinuous way, through chance, intuitions and careful calculations, not with standing conceptual and geographical frontiers.
Surgical genius, Fragonard invented a strange technique to preserve corpses. He made anatomical preparations – animal and… human – called « écorché ». These were then staged with a genuine artistic will. To this day, a real « Fragonard mystery » remains : by what means and methods did this unusual scholar, manage to give a second life to these creatures, in a day and age where anatomical science was still in his infancy ?
In Saint-Etienne (France), inside the cleanroom of the Pôle Optique, a place renowned for excellence in the field of scientific achievement, two men are working on the component of a laser device intended for therapeutic purposes. Dressed in antistatic garments, their slow and precise movements within this sterile space create a strange, esoteric choreography in the eyes of the beholder.
While life expectancy is increasing in Western countries, cases of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer are increasing, and the use of medication has exploded.Does this mean that in order to live to a ripe age we are condemned to swallow more and more drugs? What if there was another way?
Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary. This poetic and character-driven film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous. Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that?
A plant recently discovered in the Cameroonian deep forest contains, according to botanists, a molecule effective against HIV.
This film tackles a more global aspect of healing. We will find different visions and points of view on healing. It also deals with spiritual healing and healing induced by thoughts.
Do these women and men find their strength in love and faith?
Meditation, Relaxation, and Qi Gong are also ways mentioned in this new volume, to let us contemplate that the solution is also dependent on us and on our commitment to heal ourselves.
Habitually associated with the colour black, with death, the spider figures among the list of the animal world's most hated creatures. The spider inspires repulsion, to the point of phobia in certain individuals. Its dark velvety appearance, its rapidity and the unpredictable nature of its movements are often cited as reasons for this repulsion.
This judgement is hasty, irrational and unjust, since out of the 35.000 recorded species, only a hundred or so can actually cause a reaction in humans and only a dozen are really dangerous.
Over the course of a lifetime, a single human being can produce over 6 tonnes of excrement. But despite its importance, it remains a subject of great taboo.
So for those with a delicate disposition, whenever we refer to our number twos or faeces, stools, turds, shit, crap, droppings and poo-poos we'll be using a more fragrant code name: the rose.
We will be facing our greatest taboo head on as we examine our "roses" in more detail than ever before. Picking apart their petals one by one.
To stay in touch with all the Festival news, please subscribe…