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"The PSA research group aims at opening new fields of interaction between sciences, arts and humanities. The group has its origins in 1994 when it established a Transdisciplinary network of researchers focusing on the nature of evolutionary processes. The identity of the group is founded on both knowledge and human experience as on the suggestion of the concept of plasticity. The latter is considered to be the basic principle underlying the organization of any life form, art or idea."

                         The president,


    The Concept of Plasticity                                  

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What does mean plasticity ? Which is the role of the Plasticians ?


Some words about the originality of our approach


We present the concept of plasticity as a new epistemological paradigm. An opened, transverse attitude opposing to the fragmentation of reality.


By our actions we foster:

- the rise of discoveries at the frontiers of their own discipline.
- any research work of transdisciplinary nature.
- the achievement of projects in science and epistemology.
- the questioning of the relationship between arts and science.
- considerations concerning the future of humanity, the foundations of thought or the various modes of apprehension of knowledge.
- creativity in all forms.


Our three key-words: Plasticity, Art & Science, Transdisciplinarity.



   News of the Group and from Elsewhere

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    - NEW: Publication of the first paper special issue of PLASTIR named « Les plis de la mémoire » (Paperback: ISBN 978-2-9554541-0-7, e-book: 978-2-9554541-1-4, 144 pp, PlasticitéS Ed.).

-  Our on line journal PLASTIR N°40 is on line! (June 2015).  To see also our Press Review

- the Science of the Art, November 4 - December 19, 2015. Theme of the sixth edition of this biennial event: Memory.  Please have a look to the website concerning the Transdisciplinary Colloquium « Mémoires singulières. Mémoires plurielles » standing at the Evry University (Nov. 20) followed by a debate between Patrick Curmi (President of the Evry Val d’Essonne University) and Edgar Morin, with the presence of François L’Yvonnet. 

    - RHUTHMOS : International & Transdisciplinary Research platform on Rhythms in the Sciences, the Philosophies & the Arts.

- Publication of the book “Writing and Plasticity of thought”, by MWD, Anima Viva Publishing House, 2013 (e-book publication), English translation & paper version will be published in 2015.

- Perceptive levels in plants : a transdisciplinary challenge in living organism’s plasticity”, Chap. of book of M-W Debono in Transdisciplinary Education, Philosophy & Applications, B. Nicolescu & A. Ertas editors, TheAtlas Publishing, USA, 2014, previously published in TJES/ Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Sciences, Dec. 2013

- Neurosciences, Aesthetics & ComplexityConference day organized by the Institut-Acte-CNRS, Centre Universitaire des Saint-Pères, Paris, September, 28, 2013.

- Return to basics, a documentary realized by Joël Calmettes about the genesis of the works of art of the painter Gérard Garouste, diffused on France 5, April, 12 & 14, 2013.

- 5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference : Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications, USA, October 19–20, 2012.

- OnlineCollegeClasses is an open courseware project promoting educational material for students, spanning from video lectures given by professors of Yale, ebooks, podcats,

  e-reviews, or learning languages resources that PSA supports.

- International Symposium of Osteopathy and Transdisciplinarity, presided by the Pr. Yves Coppens at the Superior School of Osteopathy of Paris, may, 24-26 2012.

- Call for contributions at the Conference Osteopathy and Transdisciplinarity, org. Pr. Djilalli Hadjouis at the Superior School of Osteopathy, Paris, May, 24-26 2012.

-  « Growing complexities and adaptations of the hominid evolution », conference of human palaeontology & prehistory of the doctoral school of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle organized by Anne Dambricourt Malassé, IPH, Paris, February, 8-10, 2012.

- Conference of M-W Debono : « The concept of Plasticity : a transversal approach of the knowledge», Plenary Session of the  Haut Conseil de l’Education Artistique et Culturelle : “Transversality & new humanities”, INHA, Paris, December, 20 2011.

-  Workshop “Drakequation ”about exobiology, CNES, International Academy of Astronautics, contribution of A. Dambricourt, CNES, Paris, Nov, 21-22, 2011.         

- New: launching of a Scoop-it about PLASTICITIES

- Transdisciplinary Conference Time & Emergence at the ENS, Ulm Street, Paris, October 14 -15, 2011.

- The life of forms, Inaugural Conference  of the Collège de France, Amphitheatre Marguerite de Navarre, 75005 Paris, France, October, 13-14, 2011.

- Laboratory Space Brain from the Institute of Contemporary Art: How the brain invent what we perceive? Station 5 & 6 from February to August 2011.

- Public presentation of the HDR of Anne Dambricourt at the University of Technology of Compiègne (France), June 24, 2011. Title & Members of the Jury: see News.

- Conference «Do body, House of Culture Côte-des-neiges, Montréal, organized by the research group Calame, October 21-23, 2011.

- Conference with diaporama « Musicality of the Vasarely plastic work of art » presented by Frédéric Rossille at the doctoral & post-doctoral seminar « Music and Plastic Arts– Interactions », Maison de la Recherche, Sorbon University, Paris, June 18, 2011.

- Exhibition  of Mayaura’s paintings: a chromatic work of art from India and Europe, Mai 11 to July, 7, 2011, the Entrepôt, Paris.

- Evaluating Inter and Transdisciplinary Research , Conference 14- 16 September 2011, Berne, Switzerland.

- Magnifi’Science : After his success at the Palais de la Découverte, the photograph Jacques Honvault exhibits at Art-Science heart at the IUFM of Rouen January 31-February 23 2011, at the University of Troyes, March 4-8, at the Lille Art Fair, March 24-27, at the Gallery Images de fer, rue de seine, Paris, March 28-April 30. Book published: ESSciENCE DES CHOSES including a paper published by the author in our Journal PLASTIR N°21. Some photos will go after in the French Alliances in China.

- Griseries : multimedia exhibited at  Creative ArteTV by ChemindesSens since February 2011: The poetry of Marc-W. Debono is mixed with the chronological pictures of Isabelle Chemin on the thema of the evolution of human thinking. Event created for the year 2000.

- Magnifi’Science : after the success of the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, a new exhibition realized by the photograph Jacques Honvault at the  IUFM of Rouen, Jan. 31-Feb. 23, 2011.

- Homage to the great poet and thinker Edouard Glissant: a stinging and in deep text of the writer Patrick Chamoiseau published on February 8, 2011.

- The nignt of philosophy at the ENS  that happens in June 4-5, 2010 is now on the web in high definition with OHNK production: 48 speakers like Etienne Klein, André Gluksman, Michel Bitbol, Robert Misrahi, Frédéric Worms, Raphaël Enthoven, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Catherine Clément, Francis Wolf… 

- Contest of Transdisciplinary Arts  2010-2011 on the topic of Nature organized by the Communic’art defined as a space of expression of the permanent  human being. Feb., 28, 2011.

- Mondial day of Philosophy 2010 UNESCO organized by the UNESCO and the Journal Insistance. Thema: "Questions about the Universal and the Diversity », Paris – Nov., 2010. 

    - L’esprit du Geste : exhibition of Chinese inks from Robert Faure at the Mairie d’honneur of Toulon (Var, France), September 2-October 2, 2010.

- Resonance: exhibition of Patricia Proust-Labeyrie on a Art & Science PSA project at Jarnac (16200, France) from September 3 to October 28, 2010. See PSA News.

- Ontogenetic and archaeological Approach of the psychomotor behavior of the current and fossil Hominids: continuity, emergence, disappearance: Seminar of the human palaeontology and prehistory Doctoral school of the national Natural History Museum of Paris on the origins and the evolution of man organized by Anne Dambricourt, at the amphitheatre of the Institute of Human Palaeontology, Paris 75013, 10-12 May, 2010.  Seminar largely opened to the public.

- Science & Art : two different worlds ?  Exhibition & conferences presented by the association Puls*Art. Frédéric Rossille will contribute to the exhibition by diffusing the diaporama « Hommage to Vasarely »: 19 au 30 mars 2010 at the UFR of Sciences of the University Versailles St Quentin, France.

- Aesthetics, positions and philosophical, epistemological bases of Complexity, Cycle of conferences ISC-ECEM, March 17 to June 9, 2010.  Lecturers: Louis-Jose Lestocart, Valery Grancher, Zoi Kapoula or Michel Bitbol.

- Territoires Pélagiques: Exhibition of Patricia Proust-Labeyrie, Couvent des Minimes  at  Blaye (France), March 19-21, 2010.

- At the junction of two cultures, Lupasco today, International Conference organized by the CIRET at the UNESCO, March 24, 2010, Paris (on invitation).

   - Inner Landscapes, exhibition of Madeline Deriaz at the centre des Sources of Asbestos (Quebec, Canada): December 16, 2009 to February 24, 2010.

- L’Epissure des Mots. - Display of the book and of a video in LSF of an extract of the book at the 22ème Festival du livre de Mouans-Sartoux by Isabelle Chemin, illustrator of the book and director of the video. Work of art diffused at the galerie de la Biennale Internationale des Poètes : October 2-4, 2009.

                                          - Signature of the book by M-W Debono at the Marché de la Poésie, place St Sulpice, Paris, Stand L’harmattan (C9), June 18, 2009, 14-16h00.

   -  L’Extimement Lié.. Exhibition of paintings by Patricia Proust-Labeyrie  at the Centre Culturel François Mauriac in Bouliac (Gironde) : June 5-7 2009.

- Jung and the Sciences, International Congress organized by the CEPSY at the Free University of Bruxelles, March, 21-22, 2009, with the contributions of H. Weiss, J-M Crabbe,  M-W Debono, J-L Legrand, B. Marchal, T. Diamantis, J. Viret, M. Cazenave, F. Dendoncker. Organizers: C-Y Baum & J. Cahen-Morel.  Disciplines : Human Sciences, Neurosciences, Physics, Psychoanalyse. See Program, Publication at E.M.E. Editions, Belgium, October 2009.

- Darwin and the Science of Evolution,  film diffused at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle during the Darwin’s Bicentenary on March 14, 2009: realisation V. Winckler (2002), production: Trans Europe Film /Arte /CNRS Images media. Adapted from the book of P. Tort; Scientific Consultants: A. Dambricourt & G. Lecointre.

- Schwobien Models : Discontinuity et Plasticity,  Day Studies of the « Research Centre on Interpretation conflicts», 2b bld Leon Bureau, Nantes, January 31, 2009.

   -  Status Workshop on Art & Science, Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin December, 8-9, 2008.

- " Beyond Appearances ", Patricia Proust-Labeyrie's recent works : Nov. 14th till Dec. 13th, 2008 at the Gallery François Mitterrand, Saint Seurin on the Isle (France).

- International festival on Sciences & Cinemas RISC, organized by the Polly Maggoo association, Marseille, November, 13-16 2008. 

- Writtings & Archipelic Thoughts » Third conference of the « Institut du Tout-Monde » created by Edouard Glissant, Dec. 19, 2008, Maison de l’Amérique latine,  Paris.

- « Art-Science perceptions», direction of culture UPMC: « Dialogue about sense », Pierre & Marie Curie University, Les Cordeliers, November 7, 2008.

- Art & Science Day « The physical time and the biological time », organized by D. Schoevaert & S. Diner, Paris Sud Univ.,  aboard the barge Opera Nov., 2008.  

- Transdisciplinary Practices, EHESS-CIRET conferences 2008-2009, 1st Conference 22 Octobre 2008, EHESS, Paris.  

XXVIII World Congress of Poets under the auspices of World Academy of Arts and Culture, Inc. UNESCO, Acapulco, October 12-16, 2008.

   -  Second World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium , September 10-13, 2008, Crans-Montana, Switzerland.                       

   -  Edgar Morin, un penseur Planétaire, Diffusion on France 5: Empreintes,  February 8 & 10, 2008.                        

- Transdisciplinairy Regards on Consciousness and Unconsciousness: colloquium organized by the CIRET on December 10, 2007, Palais du Luxembourg (Paris). 

- Enaction_in_Arts, organized by the ACROE & the laboratory informatics & artistic creation of the Inp-G on November 19-22, 2007 at Grenoble.

- Interdisciplinary Study days organized by The Charles Cros Institute « La création : définitions et défis contemporains » Théâtre du Lucernaire, Paris Nov. 15-16, 2007.  

- Perception of artwork, philosophy, art historical perspective and empirical studies Research and innovation Institute Georges Pompidou Center, Paris Oct., 2007.

   -  Exhibition of the hyperrealist sculptor Ron Mueck  at the foundation Cartier, November 2005 to February 2006.

   -  Plural Plasticities: Ethnicity, culture & art of the Mozambique, Art & plastic universality, Brussel, 2003. 

   Also in the NEWS: several other international congresses are announced: Building the Scientific Mind, Philosophical implications of contemporaneous sciences, etc… 

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