Down to Earth: The Heart of the Matter

Art Center

from 2 Oct 2021 to 30 Jan 2022 - Centre d'art

guest curator : Julie Sicault Maillé

With Étienne de France, Anthony Duchêne, Camille Goujon, Le Nouveau Ministère de l’Agriculture (Suzanne Husky et Stéphanie Sagot), Koichi Kurita, Rachel Labastie, Martin Étienne and Sébastien Marot, Cynthia Montier, Laure Tixier, Anaïs Tondeur and Germain Meulemans + Baptiste Brévart and Guillaume Ettlinger (residency)

Caring for the earth is caring for humanity

– the permacultivators' motto


We are currently witnessing a palpable revival of attention to the soil. All around us flourishing new initiatives are making soil the heart of the matter, as, at long last, awareness is growing that we must take care of something that ensures our existence; this nourishing soil without which eating would be reduced to swallowing capsules. The artists gathered together in Aterrir [Down to Earth] purposefully observe, evoke, sketch, disseminate and implement this renewed attentiveness to soil and its cultivation.


And what better place than the Ferme du Buisson – a former farm in France's Briard region and a flagship of agricultural innovation in the time of the Menier family, the famous chocolate makers – to look into our present relationship with the land, its cultivation and our nutrition. Traditional and urban agriculture exist side by side in today's world; their scales are different, as are their aims and objectives – but can't each learn from the other?


Today new challenges are emerging: in addition to the need for sustainable food, they are a sign of the desire to appropriate urban space with renewed social bonds, to rediscover basic human relationships, to connect with nature's cycles and to nourish ourselves with products that awaken our taste buds; to reconnect city dwellers and everyone else with the soil, with nature and with what's on their plates.


Conviviality and social bonding, building communities to care for the soil, our common good, and caring for ourselves and others.

sat 2 oct

4 pm

exhibition opening

with the artists


sat 23 oct

Anthony Duchêne: Paysages à Boire [Drink Up the Landscape]

4:30 pm

guided tour of the exhibition

6 pm

talk & wine tasting

the living vineyard

with artist Anthony Duchêne and journalist/columnist Dominique Hutin


sat 20 nov

5 pm

book launch*

Digressions #11: Baptiste Brévart and Guillaume Ettlinger, followed by a slide show with the artists


sun 21 nov

3 pm


"Sendero el Puma"

4 km around the Mombacho volcano in Noisiel with the artists

*part of Baptiste Brévart and Guillaume Ettlinger's residency


wed 8 dec

film screening

Champ [Field] by Étienne de France, followed by a discussion with the artist, Philippe and François Camburet (farmers) and Marianne Lanavère (tree and shrub cultivator and former director of the International Centre for Art and Landscape – île de Vassivière)

at the Ferme du Buisson cinema

admission: 4.50 € – 7.50 €


sat 22 and sun 23 jan

activation of artworks by Cynthia Montier

discussions, planting, lunch with the artist – and more


advance booking essential for all events

numbers limited; health measures in force


infos pratiques

opening hours

Wednesday – Friday, 2 – 6 pm

Saturday - Sunday, 2 – 7:30 pm

free admission


advance booking essential for all events: +33 (0)1 64 62 77 77
numbers restricted; compliance with current health


guided tours and workshops


— for the family

parents & children workshops

every second Wednesday

and school holidays

4 pm

age 5+

5 € per child/book in advance

tours for tots

sun 24 oct

and 26 dec

4 pm

age 3–5

5 € per child/book in advance

— general public

guided tours

on request


group tours

advance booking required at



how to get here

— by train

RER A towards Marne-La-Vallée, get off

at Noisiel (20 mins from Paris)

— by car

A4 towards Marne-la-Vallée

exit Noisiel-Torcy, take the Noisiel- Luzard road



+33 (0)1 64 62 77 00