Season 2: Episode 8
Author, Artist Mathilde Ramadier on the power of observation and the importance of listening to the natural world
Today I’m talking to French author and artist Mathilde Ramadier about the power of observation and the importance of listening to nature. Mathilde has written about work, sexism and most recently deep ecology. The foundation of much of her writing is taking time to listen to being aware of what is happening around us. In France, a defining moment for Mathilde as well as hundreds of French people has been the resignation of the Environmental Minister, Nicolas Hulot, in September 2018, over the lack of power of the government to fight lobbyist interests. Our conversation traversed the creative process, Freud’s assessment of the humiliation of man, to the philosophy of permaculture.
What I love in psychoanalysis is that it’s a cure where someone talks. But this cure cannot happen without someone who is listening. And psychoanalysis is always a story that you have to build with someone else. Even if this, if this person is not talking a lot, it’s just a question of being present. And it takes us back to this question of being in the world, being present in the world.
After a first degree as a graphic designer with professional experiences in several agencies and studios, Mathilde Ramadier went on to study philosophy and psychoanalysis at the University Paris VIII, then obtaining a Masters Degree in Contemporary Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. For four years, she hosted the weekly radio show on Radio Campus Paris called PoneyClub54, focussing on the electronic music and digital culture. She is currently working as a writer, a scriptwriter and a translator, mostly writing graphic novels and essays while working together with various illustrators, publishers and magazines on ecology and social issues like feminism and labour rights.