Anthropologist and agroecologist by training, Jean-Baptiste Molina pursues a transdisciplinary practice crossing sciences, spiritualities, militantisms, arts and other sensitive relationships to worlds. He has integrated the wild research laboratory “Désorceler la finance” and co-founded the transdisciplinary research and creation non-program “ɴon-ᴀ” (2019).
Her research uses a social science lens to investigate rituals in activist and even activist art practices. In the context of his residency at ISELP, he seeks to identify the histories of their emergence, their modes of operation and their ‘symbolic efficacy’.
This project is inherent to his interest in magic, which is part of his research initiated during his studies in anthropology. Her first field experiences in southern Togo, among the Ewe practising Voodoo, revealed a transformative power: back in Brussels, the magic that permeates her practice went from being a subject of study to an initiatory, artistic and militant practice.
The rapprochement between the arts and magic is, according to him, likely to contribute to the establishment of new societal paradigms, to the constitution of new individual and collective systems. He works towards this through various means, generally anchored in experiments that combine practice and reflection.