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Frédérique Aït-Touati

Guest at Moviment


Frédérique Aït-Touati is a stage director and science historian.

She explores the links between science, literature and politics and develops experimental theatre with her company Zone Critique.


Her work has been performed at the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre, the Théâtre de Odéon and La Criée in Marseille, as well as in New York, Berlin, Lisbon and Barcelona. A researcher at the CNRS, she teaches at EHESS and directs SPEAP, a programme in experimental political arts at Science Po. 
She published Contes de la Lune (Gallimard, 2011), an essay on fiction and modern science, and Terra Forma (B42, 2019), a manual of potential cartographies. From 2014 to 2021, she was in residence at the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre, where she created Le Théâtre des Négociations, followed by the Trilogie Terrestre, in association with Bruno Latour and his company.


She is currently in residence at the National Theatre of Chaillot with SPEAP and her company.

In the program

Planetarium #19: After Marfa (Texas)
With Frédérique Aït-Touati, Jean-Philippe Uzan, Léa Bismuth and Elizabeth Hong

 Ideas  Meeting


The Planetarium cycle of meetings discusses the mutations in our contemporary planetary space.

For Moviment, it welcomes the researcher Frédérique Aït-Touati and three artists and researchers brought together for the Villa Albertine residency programme: Jean-Philippe Uzan, cosmologist and director of research at CNRS; Léa Bismuth, historian and exhibition curator; and Elizabeth Hong, designer. The filmmaker Vanessa del Campo, who is not present in Paris, also took part in the residency. 

They spent together five weeks in Marfa, Texas – a small town near the US-Mexico border that appears to be located at the exact spot where the desert meets the sky – to examine our contemporary relationship with space, in terms of how we collectively imagine it, as well as its political and economic realities. They report on their work in an event that combines words, film and photography.


Thursday, 1st May 2023


Part of the Planétarium’s cycle of monthly meetings

With the support of Fondation Mao Jihong

To be found in Moviment, chapter 5:

Here and elsewhere

 Wed 31 May – Sun 4 June 2023