Exhibition]At La Villette, the thousand and one evolutions of industry

Conceiving the industry as being the fruit of multiple evolutions, both transhistorical and global, rather than a single revolution, such is the bias of the exhibition. Industrial Evolutions. Iconoclastic, the exhibition assumes that no, it was not the invention of the steam engine by James Watt in 1769 that caused the rise of industrialization, especially in the West. Astrid Fontaine, curator of the exhibition, explains that this concept is not appropriate because “the term ‘revolution’ refers to a brutal change (…) and seems out of place to describe long-term transformations”. She indicates that technical innovation appeared not during the 19th century but rather at the end of the Renaissance, and still, some argue that Antiquity was also a time of energetic and productive changes.

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