Félix at New Frontiers, New Zealand, in 2018.

Félix at New Frontiers, New Zealand, in 2018.

Félix Pharand-Deschênes

 

Félix founded Globaïa in 2009 out of his belief in the critical role that worldviews can play in shaping our present and future on Earth.

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With this mission and a unique knowledge base, Félix has helped define the visual narrative of the Anthropocene—the age we inhabit, the period of global socioecological transformations we have wrought. By bringing together design, art, film and data with anthropology, philosophy and geosciences, Félix has pioneered how to visualize our past, present and future in data.

This knowledge base means he is much sought after and his work has been published by National Geographic and used by the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. His film, Welcome to the Anthropocene, opened the second Earth Summit, Rio+20. 

We are a visual species—we understand the world through images. Félix’s deep intellectual curiosity in ethnography and environmental change drove him to explore humanity’s collision course with the Earth system. While preparing public talks on the Anthropocene in his hometown of Montréal, Félix realised that this new narrative had no imagery that could capture the imagination.

He made it his mission to become a cosmographer—an artist-scientist whose work is to visualize and tell the story of the known world, especially four of its realms: the Cosmos, the Earth, Life and Humanity. Although much of his efforts in the past went to illustrate the current state and trends of planet Earth, he is now focused on visualising what a positive future for all might look like, based on the best science.

In 2018, he became a fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

He now lives in Raumati Beach near Wellington, New Zealand, with his wife Anne-Marie and their two daughters.

“Tempo” at Montréal’s planetarium, 2015.

“Tempo” at Montréal’s planetarium, 2015.

Félix presenting Globaïa at SAT, Montréal, in 2015.

Félix presenting Globaïa at SAT, Montréal, in 2015.