Ungrounding the Object

Ungrounding the Object is the second event in The Matter of Contradiction series. It focuses its attention on the renewal of the object as conceived outside of human access and the shattering of the ‘space of critique’. It attempts to understand how art, philosophy, mathematics, geology and physics can collide, not just as procedure of transdisciplinarity but through the intersection of their independent dynamics and collusion of their materials. Articulated as the disruption or collapsing of the ground on which we stand, we claim ungrounding is a cognitive and material process of evisceration. To this end, the correlation between thought and the object should be revised. We wish to explore the impact of objective reality within the realm of art practice, contending that we must understand the capacity of the (art)object to unground through its contingent materiality.

Ungrounding the Object was split in two parts. From Saturday 1st to Friday the 7th, Treignac Projet hosted a private workshop with a group of 13 participants. On the weekend of 8th and 9th September, Le Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière hosted a two-day conference addressing the issues raised during the workshop. 


List of speakers / 8th-9th of September 

Bertrand Prévost
Graham Harman
Gabriel Catren 
Levi Bryant
Nick Srnicek

Patricia Falguières
Timothy Morton


Workshop participants / 1st-9th of September

Andy Weir
Christopher Thomas
Fabien Giraud
Ida Soulard
Inigo Wilkins
Jeremy James Lecomte
Joao Florencio
Olivier Surel
Sam Basu
Sandra Terdjman
Tom Trevatt
Vincent Normand
Yves Mettler 

Workshop speakers / 1st-9th of September

Sarah Lauro 
Ben Woodard 

PRESS / Here you can find the article Fabien Giraud and Ida Soulard wrote in La Belle Revue that describes the workshop methodology (French only)  

With the tremendous help of Thomas Dahlgren and Sabrina Tarasoff. Special thanks to Luis Giraud for the video recordings of the event. 

(more infos on the speakers page)


The Conference detailed Program can be found here as a pdf here 


All videos of the event can be found directly on The Matter of Contradiction's vimeo channel or through the links below. 

Ben Woodard’s contribution / Fearful Knowledge can be found here