Laurent Grasso will discuss the ideas and processes behind his HAARP project (High Frequency Active Auroral research) eponymous of a research base in Gakona, Alaska. One side of this project was to display a scale reconstitution of the antenna array’s in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2009. He will also present the Studies into the Past series, and the exhibition The Horn Perspective that took place at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2009. This exhibition partly deals with Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson’s discoveries on cosmic microwaves (remains of the big bang) through The Horn Antenna. In 2008, Laurent Grasso was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize and in 2010 he was featured at The European Biennial of Contemporary Art: Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain.
Respondent: Stefan Helmreich, MIT Professor of Anthropology
Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT