Day 11

© Michel Chaux


Day 11

Day 11 is the first part of the Trilogy of Earth project, which proposes recreating the portrait of a henceforth extinct humanity offering a path to better grasping the possible future of our planet.

To pay tribute to her ancestor Antoine Goubier (1604-1677), Agathe Simon organized a feast in his honor with the team of the Center of Research on the Unknown (C.R.U.). These festivities took place on September 28th, 2019, near the commune of Les Salles (Loire), on the farm where this 17th-century ploughman once lived: for the occasion, each participant prepared a special dish for the ancestor. The event will appear in the film Trilogy of Earth.

Created by Agathe Simon, the Trilogy of Earth project has its roots in a context of globalization and migratory flows. Its challenge is to expose the roots of globalization presented across five individuals living on five different continents.

To reconnect with the land of their ancestors and explore their genealogical origins, these five individuals will be assisted by the Center of Research on the Unknown, made up of professors and students from the University of Cergy-Pontoise and the Paris-Cergy National Graduate Art School, as well as inhabitants of the ‘Les Salles’ village, France.

The Trilogy of Earth project will give rise in a film, a publication, an exhibition and an interdisciplinary forum.

With support from the art historian Paul Ardenne, this project is being carried out in partnership with the University of Cergy-Pontoise, the University Paris-Seine (COMUE), the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy, the LAHIC laboratory of the C.N.R.S., the Château de la Bâtie d’Urfé, and the village of Les Salles (Loire).


The Team of the Centre for Research on the Unknown

  • the inhabitants of the village of Les Salles, France,
  • the LAHIC laboratory of the C.N.R.S. (the largest governmental research organization in France) with Véronique Moulinié,
  • the National Superior School of Arts of Paris-Cergy with Corinne Le Néün and her students: Soraya Abdou, Félix Dirand, Esther Laurent-Baroux, Sinae Lee, Rudy Levassor, and Benjamin Zaragoza,
  • the Geosciences and Environment Cergy Laboratory (GEC) of the University of Cergy-Pontoise with Bertrand Maillot and his students: Mathis Bergogne, Julien Douçot, Alexis Lavigne, Manon Morin, and Carl Tixier,
  • the International Languages & Studies department of the University of Cergy-Pontoise with Gérald Peloux and his students : Léa Da Silva, Leïa Guillaume, Elise Paget, Léna Pochauvin, and Delphine Teriifaatau.
  • Artistic creation, direction, and editing : Agathe Simon
  • Chief Operator: David Anna
  • Sound engineer: Pascale Mons
  • Photographer : Michel Chaux
  • Acknowledgements : Ms. and Mr. Thollot, Jean-Hervé Peurière and the village of ‘Les Salles’ (with special mention to Michel Chaux, Maxime Osseda and the festivities committee, Sandy Goutorbe, Martin Lassarat, and Karen Faye), Jean-François Faye, Amélie Bartholin, Sébastien Dauphant, Élodie Faye, the Martin family, Kevin Leguay, the Cultural Service of the UCP (with Caroline Chantegreil and Diana Burgos-Vigna), the Direction of Student Life of the UCP, the Paris-Seine University (COMUE).

Our new project

Trilogy of Earth

began in September 2019
in partnership with