Musée d'Orsay: "Artificialis", Laurent Grasso

"Artificialis", Laurent Grasso

© Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
As part of the exhibition The Origins of the World. The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century, French artist Laurent Grasso has been invited by the Musée d'Orsay to produce a large-scale work: ARTIFICIALIS.

This new film, shown on a monumental LED screen at the back of the museum's nave, questions the notion of exploration through new tools, capable of revealing an invisible world, to which we had no access until now.

It presents an ambiguous, spectral territory, undergoing mutation, where reality and virtuality are superimposed on one another, and where our reference points can no longer be discerned.

“The idea of artificiality has been in my work for a very long time. I’ve always tried to give a virtual form to the world, through aerial views, through color changes. Today the world is “derealizing” itself, detaching itself from reality. I have tried to capture moments when we no longer know where we stand, between the artificial and the natural. ARTIFICIALIS is the name of this hybrid, post-Anthropocene territory, in which reference points have totally dissolved.”
(Laurent Grasso)

A film by Laurent Grasso

Warren Ellis

Graphic creation
M/M (Paris)

Scientific advisor
Grégory Quenet

Félix Rehm

Special effects
Thierry Ardiller

Post-production editor
Christina Crassaris

Nicolas Guibert

Sound mixing
Vincent Cosson

Studio Laurent Grasso
Yan Tomaszewski, Corentin Vendryes, Min Cezar Hong, Nicolas Lemoine, Virginie Schmitt

Executive producers
Camera lucida productions
François Bertrand
Vincent Décis

Production company
Infinite light

Papa Sierra, Aerialcollection, Hope, GoodPlanet, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 3D scanning and pointcloud

Animation by
ScanLAB Projects, Chroniques du plancton, Christian Sardet et Les Macronautes, Shutterstock, Adobe, Getty Images, Leica Microsystems


Produced at the invitation of the Musée d’Orsay, the film ARTIFICIALIS benefitted from the generous support of the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay and the exceptional collaboration of PERROTIN gallery.




ARTIFICIALIS glossary by Grégory Quenet


Developed with Grégory Quenet, the project's scientific advisor, the glossary of ARTIFICIALIS summarizes the concepts and research underpinning the film.



Download the lexicon (PDF 261Ko)


Artificialis, Laurent Grasso

A film by Heinz Peter Schwerfel


In the artist’s Parisian studio, we discover the different phases of his artwork’s creation, through his research, his exchanges with Grégory Quenet, professor of environmental history, and his work sessions with Warren Ellis focusing on the creation of the original music for the film.


Laurence des Cars, president of the Musée d’Orsay, deepens our understanding of what her invitation to Laurent Grasso entailed.



With the generous support of American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay

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