March 17 to June 27, 2023

“Multiple perspectives” at the Oceanographic Museum

The "Multiple perspectives" exhibition retraces the course of the 2022 Indian Ocean mission of the Explorations de Monaco.

Since March 17 and until June 27, 2023, visitors to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco are invited to discover in the Conference Room, Multiple perspectives, an exhibition that evokes the course and development of the Indian Ocean 2022 mission of the Explorations of Monaco.

The S.A. Agulhas II, a South African oceanographic and supply vessel chartered by the Principality of Monaco for the Monaco Explorations mission, carried out in the Indian Ocean in October and November 2022©Filip Kulisev_MonacoExplorations

Inauguration on March 21, 2023 by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

On the occasion of the Indian Ocean mission report day and the presentation of the first results on 21 March, as part of Monaco Ocean Week, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the introductory sequence of this day in the Conference Room of the Monaco Oceanographic Museum. He then went through the exhibition with the personalities present and the artists.
Day of restitution of the Indian Ocean mission of March 21, 2023 at the Oceanographic Museum. Welcome adress by Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute and Managing Director of the Explorations of Monaco©Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute.
Visit of the exhibition Multiple perspectives commented by Gilles Bessero, director of Explorations de Monaco and head of the Indian Ocean mission. In the background, behind the Sovereign, Stéphane Dugast, journalist. March 21, 2023. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco©Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco listens to the comments of the young artist Chloé Thibault in front of one of her creations. In the background, Mrs. Armelle Roudaut Lafon, Director of Maritime Affairs of the Principality and Professor Patrick Rampal, President of the Scientific Center of Monaco. March 21, 2023. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco©Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute
Nicolas Mathys, reporter photographer of the Zeppelin agency present on board during the mission, in discussion with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco in front of one of his pictures. March 21, 2023. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco©Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute
The Monegasque Sovereign H.S.H. Prince Albert II surrounded by Gilles Bessero, Director of Explorations of Monaco on his left and the artist Remi Leroy on his right, in front of one of the artist's creations entitled "Big Boots". March 21, 2023. Monaco Oceanographic Museum©Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco surrounded by Mr. Jean-François Ferrari, Minister of Fisheries and Blue Economy of the Seychelles on his right and Mr. Rezah Badal, Director General of the Department of Continental Shelf, Administration and Exploration of Maritime Zones, Office of the Prime Minister of Mauritius. March 21, 2023. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco©Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute
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Restitution day on March 21, 2023 and opening of the exhibition Multiple perspectives at the Oceanographic Museum

The artist Chloé Thibault shows her sketchbook to one of the crew members. Indian Ocean 2022 mission©Nicolas Mathys. Zeppelin. MonacoExplorations
The artist Rémi Leroy sketches a scene on board. Indian Ocean Mission 2022©Nicolas Mathys.Zeppelin. MonacoExplorations
Reporter and director Sylvain Peroumal filming the launching of a BGC Argo float. Indian Ocean mission©Didier Théron. MonacoExplorations
The reporter photographer Nicolas Mathys of the Zeppelin agency in action. Indian Ocean mission©Didier Théron. MonacoExplorations
Director Harald Pokieser, from the German production company Autentic, in conversation with his cameraman Sven Bender on board the S.A. Agulhas II. Indian Ocean 2022 mission©Didier Théron. MonacoExplorations
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Strong moments, atmospheres, places... The artists' view on the Indian Ocean 2022 mission.

Strong moments, places, atmospheres... The look of the artists

The exhibition evokes strong moments, places and atmospheres that characterized the mission: the human adventure shared by all the participants, the ship, a key element and character in this story, the science carried out at full speed, day and night, the discovery of exceptional natural sites, true invitations to travel, to imagine, but also to reflect on a world faced with very real environmental issues… During the set dedicated to the artists during the day of restitution, they expressed their feelings and sensations on this dense and intense human adventure.

Governance of Monaco Explorations

13 May 2022

Indian Ocean Expedition: two artists in residence.

Indian Ocean Expedition: two artists in residence.

On November 15, 2021, Monaco Explorations launched a call for artist residencies in the context of the next expedition scheduled in the Indian Ocean in October and November 2022. In response to the call, 56 applications from artists from 14 different countries were examined by the Selection Committee convened for this purpose. In February, this committee pre-selected six artists. These six artists were then invited to come and present their project to the Committee on Friday, 6 May, at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco.

The Committee chose two young creators at the end of these auditions: Elsa Rigot and Rémi Leroy. They will both embark onboard S.A. Agulhas II, alongside the teams of scientists involved in this great adventure.

Deliberation of the Committee on 6 May 2022 at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute

The composition of the Selection Committee

The Committee that has participated in the selection process since the launch of the call for residency and led the interviews was composed of the following personalities: Robert CALCAGNO, President of the Committee, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute and Managing Director of Monaco Explorations, Françoise GAMERDINGER, Director of Cultural Affairs, Virginie RAIMBERT, Director of the Heritage Institute, Björn DAHLSTRÖM, Director of the New National Museum of Monaco, Thierry LEVIEZ, Director of the Graduate School of Visual Arts of Monaco, Olivier WENDEN, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, François SIMARD, Secretary of the Advisory Committee of the Indian Ocean Expedition, Bernard REILHAC, Director of Development of the Oceanographic Institute and Gilles BESSERO, Director of Monaco Explorations.


Elise Rigot: Telling the Stories of the Saya de Malha Bank

Elise Rigot is a design artist and researcher based in Toulouse, France. Her work questions the links between natural sciences, engineering sciences, and art, as well as the perception we have of the variety of living beings, and how we could make ourselves more sensitive to them. She uses 3D technologies (3D printing, scanning, VR, X-rays, etc.) for their political and aesthetic power, as well as sound and podcasts. Putting oneself in the place of the living beings around us and adopting their point of view is one of her approaches.

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On 6 May, Elise Rigot described her artistic project to the Committee © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute

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Rémi Leroy shared with the Committee the artistic rendition of his commitment to the environment © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute.

Rémi Leroy: heading towards an Art-Science dialogue

Is it possible to go beyond words to tell the story of scientific research, too often confined to a hermetic and complex language? How can interdisciplinarity and fieldwork enrich the view of scientists and the public? These reflections constitute the raw material of the projects that Rémi Leroy defends. He tries to unite his different experiences (artist, engineer specialized in renewable energy, teacher) through them. His goal: to contribute to the ecological revolution by creating illustrated stories capable of getting a vast public to conceive other ways of interacting with the environment.

Four other great projects presented on 6 May 2022.

Apart from the two winning candidates, Elise Rigot and Rémi Leroy, four other participating artists were interviewed: Federico Campanale, Elsa Guillaume, Debby Mason, and Toby Wright. All of high quality, the projects were presented with passion and conviction.

Debby Mason lives in Plymouth, England. She specializes in engravings and illustrations of marine life. Her work renders her love of the sea and the amazing life it contains. It is imperative that she shows this beauty and its reality © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute.

Elsa Guillaume, a visual artist, based in Paris, is also a diver. From drawing to sculpture, through installation and video, she develops plastic research dedicated to the representations of the maritime universe © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute.

Federico Campanale, the Amsterdam-based photographer and filmmaker, is an artist who explores concepts related to social interactions and natural phenomena. His videos and photo series deal with emotion, temporal dynamics, and memory processes © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute.

Toby Wright is a painter who lives in Monaco and travels the world with his easel and paintings, searching for exceptional natural sites. He is inspired by the great artists of the past, who pushed the limits of comfort in their quest for beauty. Some in the name of science, others in the name of art, all in the name of humanity © Michel Dagnino. Oceanographic Institute.
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