Arduenna Silva is a collaboration between landscape architect Alexandra Arènes and artist Sonia Levy that was initiated through The Experimental Programme in Political Arts (SPEAP) in 2015.


The inquiry-based project was originally commissioned by Revue Billebaude, the journal of Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris.


We were asked to identify and find ways to represent some of the issues relating to a private reservation owned by Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and located in the Ardennes North-East France.


The inquiry integrated approaches and tools from the arts as well as landscape planning, in addition to social and natural science methods as we collaborated with ecologists, forester and many other actors on the ground. Such interdisciplinary procedures were envisioned to comprehend the many practices, timescales and presences of both human and non-human (e.g. rivers, soils, animals, plants,…) that had come to shape this territory, as well as examining their relations with each other. Of particular interest was finding ways to represent a landscape as an assemblage of human and nonhuman life forms.


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Some of the research culminated in the exhibition Animer le paysage, sur la piste des vivants at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (June 2017).


Furthermore, Arduenna Silva initiated a workshop in Mars 2016 in Parc de Belval with anthropologist and philosopher Bruno Latour, science historian Frédérique Aït-Touati, philosopher Baptiste Morizot, art historian Estelle Zhong, and artists Thierry Boutonnier and Sylvain Gouraud. As well as Anne de Malleray editor of the Journal Billebaude and Claude d'Anthenaise director of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.