AGATHE SIMON
Cosmos

Multimedia cycle
(in development since 2022)

Photograms from location scouting in Salta province, Argentina (July-August 2023)

© Agathe Simon

In north-western Argentina, at an altitude of 16,400 feet, QUBIC has just arrived: it’s a revolutionary telescope that aims to observe the very first moments of the universe. These high desert plateaus are also home to the Kollas, an Amerindian people who perpetuate their own cosmogony. The Cosmos multimedia cycle explores this territory where two visions of the world origin coexist. It includes :

  • a feature-length documentary, developed as part of the ‘2022 Documentary Workshop’ at the Fémis (National Institute for Professional Image and Sound),
  • a video triptych with 5.1 sound, supported by the CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image) and the DRAC Île-de-France (French Ministry of Culture),
  • a single-channel video and satellite pieces.

The Cosmos cycle is developed in partnership with the AstroParticule & Cosmologie (APC) laboratory under the leadership of the University of Paris, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the Paris Observatory, and the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) in France, as well as, in Argentina, the Technology in Detection and Astroparticles Institute (ITeDA), affiliated with the National Commission of Atomic Energy (CNEA), the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), and the University of San Martín (UNSAM).