Martin Guinard-Terrin

30 July 2017

In 2016, the philosopher Bruno Latour and his team organized the exhibition Reset Modernity! at ZKM, Germany. The exhibition aimed to offer an experiment: to reset a few of the instruments allowing us to register some of the confusing signals sent by the epoch.

Modernity was a way to differentiate past and future, North and South, progress and regress, radical and conservative. However, at a time of deep ecological mutation, such a compass has been running in wild circles without offering much bearing anymore. This is why Latour proposed a time for a reset. A time to pause, to follow a procedure and to search for different sensors that could allow to recalibrate our detectors, our instruments, to feel anew where we are and where we might wish to go.

Martin Guinard-Terrin, co-curator of the show will come back on the event, emphasizing the need and possibilities to draw now a comparative perspective between Europe and Iran.

The visit of Martin Guinard-Terrin to Tehran is made possible through the generous support of the French Embassy in Tehran.


Martin Guinard-Terrin is an artist and curator, with a background in History of Art and Fine Arts (Concordia, McGill, Central Saint Martins). He has worked at the Palais des Beaux-arts in Paris under the direction of Nicolas Bourriaud. He is currently co-curating an international exhibition called Reset Modernity! at ZKM I Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. The project is realized in collaboration with the AIME project, under the direction of the philosopher Bruno Latour.