Laboratoire climatique (2004–09)

Developed between 2004 and 2009, Laboratoire climatique comprises various elements, of which the most important is Étuveuse climatique, the outcome of ongoing research on landscape representations related to global warming. The aim was to construct a laboratory device able to reproduce the climate changes undergone by northern environments. In an inflatable chamber, basic techniques are used to simulate the greenhouse effect and its consequences on the morphology of the landscape. Models built with heat- and humidity-sensitive materials—chocolate, ice cream, sugar, marshmallow, egg-white—were introduced into the steamer to reproduce the effects of climate change: melting ice or permafrost, erosion, land-slides. Étuveuse may be considered a playful metaphor of the scientific procedures that it mimics and of efforts to bring the effects of global warming to light.