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The activities of the COSA Montpellier group are implemented through workshops on specific themes such as biomimicry, sound matter, etc.

Biomimicry Workshop: Facilitator - Bruno ALONSO

Biomimicry was one of the identified themes to initiate collaborative art and science projects within the COSA Montpellier group. A working group of 8 people (half artists, half scientists) collectively explored this field in 2017, from spring to autumn. This led to regular exchanges - including a 2-day workshop in the summer of 2017 - and the identification of avenues of work on the notions of instability and agitation. One of the interests of this collective work was the confrontation of concepts, ideas, and working methods sometimes entirely unknown to part of the group.

Sound Matter Workshop: Facilitators - Jean-Olivier DURAND and Baptiste AIME

The Sound Matter workshop involves a meeting between sound matter and sciences. It is a laboratory on the issue of sound matter and its interaction with sciences, raising questions and experimenting. Nanomedicine, chemistry, architecture, study of materials and construction of acoustic objects, sound signals, and control (movements). The idea here is to start with a range of ideas and then refocus on a few collaborative projects, which will become the objects of study.


Since its inception, the COSA Montpellier group has organized numerous meetings: inter-establishment visits, interventions by guest artists, etc.

Inter-establishment/research facility visits:

Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM)

Speakers: Bruno ALONSO, Research Associate & Philippe GAVEAU, Research Engineer and Head of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Platform

Visit to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) platform at the Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier on the theme "Characterization at the atomic scale by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance". During this visit, numerous exchanges took place around the magnetic resonance technique. An acoustic device, set up for the occasion, allowed for an analogy between this complex technique and a system of vibrating strings (resonance between guitar strings and an external audio source).

Speaker: Emmanuel Belamie, Teacher-Researcher

Visit to the experimental premises of the laboratory, which began with a presentation of research themes focusing on the organization of matter and the development of materials at different scales. During these visits, projects based on a biomimetic approach as well as the use of objects and molecules of natural origin (such as chitin from crustaceans) were presented. The possibilities of shaping materials with nanometric fiber morphologies, microparticles, and thin films were also demonstrated during the visit. Finally, visitors had the opportunity to participate in the preparation of biomaterials that are the subject of ongoing studies.

Institute of Electronics and Systems (IES)

Speaker: Alain FOUCARAN, Director of IES

Visit to the Institute of Electronics and Systems, which began with a presentation of the laboratory by Alain Foucaran, Unit Director, followed by a guided tour by Benoît Charlot, CNRS Researcher in the M2A research group. This visit allowed for the discovery of the strong scientific themes of IES such as Infrared, Reliability, Sensors, and Terahertz; the corresponding platforms and equipment, to which the Micro and Nano-Electronics Technology Center of the University of Montpellier was added.

National School of Architecture of Montpellier (ENSAM)

> Digital Fabrication Laboratory 'La Fabrique ENSAM'

> Laboratory of Innovation in Forms, Architectures, and Environments (LIFAM)


Émilie SAUGUES, Manager of La Fabrique ENSAM

& Hassan AIT HADDOU, Director of LIFAM.

The visit included the main premises, studios, and model workshop of the National School of Architecture of Montpellier (ENSAM). It continued with the Digital Fabrication Laboratory 'La Fabrique ENSAM,' featuring a presentation of the machines and manufacturing possibilities using the available machines and tools. Finally, it concluded with a presentation of the Laboratory of Innovation in Forms, Architectures, and Environments, one of the Research Laboratories of ENSAM.

Montpellier Contemporary Art School (ESBA-MOCO)

Speaker: Juan Luis GASTALDI

Check the ESBA-MOCO website:

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