FOXP2, Exhibition and Soundtrack, 2016, premiered at Palais de Tokyo, curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel, Paris, FR in June 2016. It will then tour to Nottingham Contemporary, UK, co-curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel and Sam Thorne. TITLE: BODY WITHOUT SOUL, Liquid Human DATE: 2016 This piece has been thought as a physical and conceptual ground for the project FOXP2 which aims at reenacting the origin of consciousness. In FOXP2 (Biological Showroom) presented in Palais de Tokyo in June 2016, the floor has been covered with a monumental carpet, which threads have been dyed with pigments concocted with the chemical components of a human body. At times, the carpet has been poisoned with a pourpre deadly pigment concocted with Datura, thought to be the forbidden fruit described in the Book of Genesis. Humanity is reduced to a liquid state, to a primordial soup. This unconscious body, a “body without soul” amplifies the historical dissection between body and mind and becomes the ground for the evolution of sentient beings. MATERIALS: Carpet dyed with: 2.2g Datura, Liquid Human Body (65% Oxygene, 18% Carbon, 10% Hydrogen, 3% Nitrogen, 1.5% Calcium, 1% Phosphore, 0.4% Potassium, 0.3% Soufre, 0.23% Iode, 0.2% Sodium, 0.2% Chlore, 0.08% Fer, 0.033% Magnesium, 0.02% Mobydene, 0.009% Silicon, 0.0027% Zinc, Traces of Fluoride, Cobalt, Strontium, Copper, Lithium, Maganese, Selenium, Aluminium, Lead, Vanadium, Arsenic, Bromine). COLLABORATORS Carpet designed by Camille Thiéry A special thanks to Taiping who kindly supported the production. We are honoured to have been able to benefit from their magnificent craftsmanship.