Aganta Kairos is part of the generic piece Middle of Nowhere by Laurent Mulot, a long-distance work set in six continents. In all his work, he collaborates with inhabitants he meets in the territories he travels to. In Aganta Kairos, a celebration marked by a plaque, the site of the work is inaugurated and two witnesses are inducted to be the invisible, the conservators of the work and the poetic gesture.
Francisco Heriniaina and « Mr President », head of Efoetsy (« the navel »), a village of 200 inhabitants from the Mahafaly ethnic group, zebu farmers.
The Mahafaly have a close relationship with constellations, the ocean, the deceased and newborns.
Julius Nielson, hunter-fisherman and guide, and Gerd Ignatuussen, Inuit shaman, are the witnesses for Aganta Kairos in front of the Sermilik Fjord glacier. Here in the Arctic Ocean, the goddess Sedna governs underwater life.
Pauline Harris, an astrophysicist, and Pere Tanui, both Maori and members of the Onuku community which celebrates the sea, the land and those who look up to the sky, welcomed Laurent Mulot into their clan after initiating him and being witnesses to Aganta Kairos.
Yves Leber is the grandson of the former owner of Porquerolles Island, the land closest to the ANTARES deep-sea neutrino detector. Thierry Stolarczyk is an astrophysicist at the Institut de recherche fondamentale sur les lois de l’univers (Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe, CEA Saclay), scientific guide and advisor for Aganta Kairos. These are the Aganta Kairos witnesses for the Atlantic Ocean.
The two witnesses for the Antarctic Ocean are Stanislas Devorsine and Benoît Hébert, both former captains of the Astrolabe. Benoît Hébert was also involved in the construction of the 6th Centre for Ghost Contemporary Art in Antarctica.
Zhan-Ayrs Dzhilkibaev, Chief Scientist for the Baikal Neutrino Telescope and Vitaly Schur, engineer and the only permanent resident of the research centre, inaugurated the 6th Aganta Kairos plaque in the 2nd « garden » overlooking Lake Baikal. For Vitaly, the lake is a person.
Lake Baikal is considered an ocean in formation. To detect the passage of neutrinos, physicists plunge optical modules deep into the lake when it is frozen. After this exercise, there is nothing left of the experience – which has also become a ghost.
Valentin, a shaman on the island of Olkhon, considered to be the cradle of world shamanism, talks with Lake Baikal, its flora and fauna like so many living beings. Alongside the driver of his « jicouly », an iconic Soviet Lada, he celebrates Aganta Kairos in an incantation to the cosmos.
While science, shamanism and mythology do not proceed in the same way, they do not provide the same answers to questions about our origins and those of the universe that contains us, but the questions are sometimes connected. Tawhirimatea, the inconsolable Maori god of the original separation between earth and sky, celebrates the inseparable bond between these two entities; Aganta Kairos celebrates those who look at the earth, the sky and the sea…