Aurélien Gamboni & Sandrine Teixido
A Tale as a Tool

07.09 — 17.09.2017

Since 2011, Aurelien Gamboni and Sandrine Teixido have been using Edgar Allan Poe’s novel A Descent into the Maelström (1841), as a tool of research about adaptation stories to environmental risks. They have collected testimonies from southern Brazil in northern Norway, right down to the very places in Poe’s history, to explore the past and future resonances of this story.

Vernissage: 06.09.2017 18:00

Aurélien Gamboni / Sandrine Teixido

06.09.17 from 6.00 pm : Vernissage opening

09.09.17 from 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm : Guided tour

09.09.17 from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm : “Research feedback” , Presentation of the new developments of the research in Niterói (Brazil), followed by a round table with artists / researchers Claire Duport (Marseille), Sylvain Gouraud (Paris), Yves Mettler And Axel Meunier (Paris)

13.09.17 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm : “Updating the Maelstrom”, a literary interpretation workshop proposed by Yves Citton (professor of literature and theorist, Grenoble / Paris)

14.09.17 from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm : “The maelström as a cosmogramme “, conversation with John Tresch (historian of science, specialist of Edgar Allan Poe, Philadelphia)

16.09.17 from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm : «Re-scripting the maelstrom», eco-feminist writing workshop with Emilie Hache (philosopher, Paris)

17.9. à 15h00 : reading of the novel “A descent into the maelström” d’Edgar Allan Poe by Gene Ray (theorician, author of many essays on the sublime, terror and the crisis of the biosphere, Athens / Zurich)

Other meetings and events will be organized within the framework of the exhibition, in collaboration with * DUUU. The full program will be regularly updated on and

This project receives a grant from the Geneva Arts Society, the Loterie Romande, and the support of the City of Geneva and the Republic and Canton of Geneva.


Whether it is the floods that have deeply affected the city of Porto Alegre since the 1940s, current controversies over the development of the petroleum industry in the Norwegian Arctic, or the recent drama of a deadly slump of terrain in a favela of Rio de Janeiro' s region, the research reveals a multitude of responses to the emergence of new environmental risks, in a variety of people's testimony.

What are the signs of the changes to come? How can we be prepared (intellectually, emotionally, politically) to face what is happening?

Taking a foothold on several continents, the survey has already given rise to two series of performances at the Théâtre de l'Usine in Geneva (MALSTRØM 68N part 1 and 2) in 2014 and 2015, as well as participation in several collective exhibitions such as (2011), the 9th Mercosul Biennale in Porto Alegre (2013), and La bête et l'adversité (The Beast and the Adversity) at the Le Commun in Geneva (2015).

A Tale as a Tool is an itinerant assembly of investigative narratives, in the form of an installation designed to accommodate various public situations. After the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói and the G-MK Gallery in Zagreb, the maelstrom is now located in the GTC with a new program of lectures, lectures and debates. Researchers as Yves Citton, Emilie Hache and John Tresch will participate to these events, in collaboration with the webradio collective * DUUU.


With the generous support of the following partner(s)

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