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10/03/2021
Conference
Artist talk: Adrienne Lee

Davidson College hosts an artist talk with Adrienne Lee about her upcoming exhibition on March 10, 2021.

[arborization]: nerve extensions in the brain, a sensible
homage to the Latin arbor for “tree.”
Earthly extensions;
tethered to the abstract
architecture of self

The talk will be held digitally via Zoom.

Connect through this link or with the following information:

Meeting ID: 933 8738 5216

Passcode: 374134

07/03/2021
Exhibition
Exhibition: Maud Louvrier Clerc

Artist Maud Louvrier Clerc explores the ocean and the disappearance of sand in her latest projects.

Her work is shown in several exhibitions in Paris this year:

Formes du vivant
A group show at Plateforme Paris, 73 rue de Haies
12 February to 7 March

Le Jardin d’éternité
A group show by Point Contemporain at the Galerie Eko Sato, 57 rue des Cascades, Paris
31 March to 24 April

Le Grand Plongeon
A solo show at the Conservatoire des Arts plastiques de Montigny le Bretonneux, 1 Parvis des sources 78180, Montigny le Bretonneux
15 September to 25 October

15/02/2021
Article
Compagnie Humaine

Compagnie Humaine is a dance company founded by Éric Oberdorff.

We are delighted to share two articles that show the work of the Compagnie Humaine and their work on utopias and how dance can give hope in a carceral environment.

Read the articles here (in French):

Ouvrons les portes de l’utopie, Valérie Juan, La Strada

Derrière les barreaux, la danse, Océane Pacaud, Switch (on Paper)

9/2/2021
Conference
HAS Talks#1: Eco-Anxiety

Humanities, Arts and Society has the pleasure to announce the first installment of HAS Talks.

In connection with the launch of HAS Magazine 02: Between Anxiety and Hope, this talk is organized around the topic of Eco-Anxiety, a feeling of dread linked to environmental degradation.

This first edition of HAS Talks welcomes choreographer Anna Chirescu, neuroscientist Marc-Williams Debono, artist Elsa Guillaume, and psychotherapist Charline Schmerber.

Read the full presentation [in French]

Watch the video:

30/01/2021
Conference
Mémoire de l’Avenir: Secrets

As part of Suki Valentine’s exhibition Under Wraps, Mémoire de l’Avenir organizes an online talk about Secrets.

Secrets carry many aspects and functions. In the private or the public sphere, secrets protect but can also be detrimental to society.

Speakers: Jean-Philippe Foegle (coordinator of the Maison des Lanceurs d’Alerte), Florence Levi (editor-in-chief of Siglia), Suki Valentine (artist), and Guy Girard (film director).

Saturday, 30 January 2021, 6 PM.
The event and discussion will be held in French

View the online exhibition Under Wraps and watch the video below:

29/01/2021
Performance
Addictive TV: Call for refugee musicians based in Europe

UK arts charity ArtReach are seeking talented musicians across Europe from refugee and sanctuary seeking backgrounds to work with digital artists Addictive TV, creators of the acclaimed global music project Orchestra of Samples.  Musicians will be recorded and filmed to create a new piece of music with spoken word by poet and artist Momtaza Mehri, and the new work will be presented as part of the Liberty EU project (https://artreach.biz/liberty-eu/ )

This is a paid opportunity and fees will be offered based on the musician’s experience and expertise.  We are looking for musicians who specialise in traditional music forms and play traditional instruments, from percussion such as Kayamba or Mbumbumbu bass drum to instruments such as the Somali kaban, Ethiopian and Eritrean bowl-lyre, Qanun, Nzumari/Zumari flute/African oboe, or instruments on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Please email your details or recommendations to musicians2021@outlook.com  with links to examples on YouTube or Facebook, a website if there is one and contact information. Deadline 29th January 2021.  Look forward to hearing from you! 

14/1/2021
Conference
World Logic Day

World Logic Day is an initiative of UNESCO and the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences.

Creativity is fundamental to logic, cognitive development and all social transformation. Creativity is the basis for critical thinking and for learning. Big Data reveals patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and to the interactions between humans and the world.

For this first World Logic Day, we have shared a selection of investigations presented in the first issue of HAS Magazine 01: Big Data and Singularities:

Read the full statement by Mémoire de l’Avenir-Humanities, Arts and Society here.

19/11/2020
Performance
Mémoire de l’Avenir: World Philosophy Day

Mémoire de l’Avenir – Humanities, Arts and Society, at the invitation of UNESCO World Philosophy Day, proposes to reflect on the theme of Ethics and Aesthetics as one in Images and in the Arts. 
First Mémoire de l’Avenir invited artists and photographers from the exhibition Beyond the Frame: image in action, alongside curators and scholars, to discuss the roles of images within today’s global society and their power of action. L’AiR ARTS, a partner of the exhibition, also presents a performance by the artist Hiie Saumaa, animating the artworks and the gallery space with movement. 
To go further on the subject Mémoire de l’Avenir proposes a reflection on the power of the image (Aurore Nerrinck) and on photography and creativity (Margalit Berriet). 
Then this inquiry is extended with the relation between image and body language through dance. SOMNIA is a video performance project by the choreographer Charlotte Colmant in collaboration with Raul Zbengheci. In this artwork, the Body and the video are connected to form a visual and sound landscape. SOMNIA is a reflection on the body, on the mind and about encounters in general, within a world where individualism schemes patterns are growing, conditioned by digital technologies.

Discover the full programme here: http://memoire-a-venir.org/imageinactionwpd2020_en.html

19/11/2020
Conference
World Philosophy Day

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2020, UNESCO will organize four high-level roundtables online on November 19 and 20 with eminent philosophers from all regions, who will be invited to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic from different tools and philosophical perspectives.

The first round table “Being together in the face of the pandemic” will take place on Thursday 19 November from 11.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m. (Paris time).

Speakers:

  • Jean-Luc Nancy (France): philosopher, great figure of post-modern philosophy, former professor at the University of Strasbourg
  • Serena Parekh (USA): associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University in Boston, director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program
  • Joelle Zask (France): philosopher, specialist in political philosophy and pragmatism, lecturer at the University of Provence
  • Luca M. Scarantino (Italy): philosopher, professor of philosophy and cultural policy at the IULM University of Milan, president of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP)

Moderator: John Crowley (UNESCO/MOST Programme)

For more information about this first roundtable and to discover the others: https://events.unesco.org/event/?id=20203102459670&lang=1033

11/11/2020
Conference
Chinese and European Resources for a Global Ethic

The First CIPSH International Academy on Chinese Cultures and Global Humanities Seminar is held 11–12 November 2020 on Chinese and European Resources for a Global Ethic.
The webinar is organized by the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) in collaboration with the Stockholm China Center at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm.

To read the rationale and see the schedule for the event, visit: http://www.cipsh.net/web/news-303.htm

03/07/2020
Performance
Flying River

Flying River is a performance by Rios de Encontro, a youth-lead community project in Marabá City in the Brazilian Amazon, with choreographer Dan Baron Cohen. Presented just weeks before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project integrates four generations of the community, political advisers, public servants and professionals in the areas of education, health, culture and security.

AfroRoots Collective cleans fish and washes clothes on the bank of the River Tocantins in drought. They begin to rehearse for the kite festival performance in the afro-indigenous community of Cabelo Seco. A child steps out of a Dunun drum skin, claps her hands in delight and discovers the power of her imagination and of performance.

The child flies her kite and the wind abruptly dies. She finds a dead fish and shows it to the performers and their audience, but everyone is on their mobile phones. The festival performance begins and the child is seduced! She dances so well at the side, the performers invite her to join them! But the air starts to burn and one by one, all faint.

Wounded birds brawl over the dead toxic fish. The child wanders between delirious relatives and friends, all parched by thirst, refugees in their own street. She finds an old bottle and all offer their humanity for a drop of water. She invites them to play and shares water among them all. But when the adults discover it is imaginary, they pelt her with stones of hate.

In the ashen silence, the child shreds her kite. Her cries awaken ancestral eagles to cure and transform the performers and their audience into a flying river of hope.

19/06/2020
Conference
HAS ResiliArt webinar

As part of the UNESCO RESILIART project, Mémoire de l’Avenir – Humanities, Arts and Society will intervene alongside artists and humanities scholars around the fundamental importance of the role of the artist and creativity and the necessary interdisciplinary collaboration for a better understanding of the issues we face. They will also present the Open Windows project: born from the desire to continue to share ideas, reflections and works during the period of distancing that the whole planet is experiencing.

The webinar (in French, subtitled in English) can be revisited here:

18/03/2020
Publication
The Intelligence of Plants in Question

Are plants intelligent? The new anthology « L’intelligence des plantes en question » (The Intelligence of Plants in Question, published by Editions Hermann, 2020), tries to respond to the question in a transdisciplinary manner. If plants – and, by extension, nature – are intelligent, does the phenomenon of intelligence exist outside of anthropocentric views of the world?

Under the lead of editor and neuroscientist Marc-Williams Debono, this anthology includes texts by Luciano Boi, Emanuele Coccia, Marc-Williams Debono, Quentin Hiernaux, Olga Kisseleva, Anais Lelièvre, Michael Marder, Jacques Tassin, Yann Toma, and Claudia Zatta.

29/11/2019
Conference
CIPSH Address to UNESCO General Conference

During the 2019 General Conference of UNESCO, held 12-27 November, the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) gave an address by Secretary General Luiz Oosterbeek. On the occasion of CIPSH’s 70th anniversary, the address mentioned the Arts and Society project with UNESCO-MOST, Mémoire de l’Avenir and Global Chinese Arts & Culture Society and our commitment to fostering a closer collaboration between the arts and the humanities.

29/11/2017
Publication
APHELEIA: Education, Training, Communication

“The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) begins with the premise that transformations of nature are based upon human actions, and that human actions are based upon schemes of interpretation. With globalization, the conditions for human action have changed dramatically. Dealing successfully with cultural, social, and climate changes, on a global level, requires people to understand their locally embedded lives in a global context. Global understanding becomes a new conditio humana. It necessitates bridging a gap between local and global effects—as thinking globally and acting on an appropriate social, ethical, and aesthetic level presupposes. A lack of understanding of the consequences of our actions may have a disastrous impact on our future. Individuals, and societies, must unite in order to live together in awareness of one another. Each can make a difference by proposing actions and providing solutions.

Arts and cultures are powerful and ideal mediators in the constitution of social realities, via learning and interchange. With the ongoing rise of world free-media tools, digital platforms, and sociocultural practices, knowledge theoretically has a global reach.

Arts and cultures are a journey into the world of mankind, beyond political or religious limits. Art is an expression and emulation of the human mind. It criticizes, proposes, invents, thinks, transforms. It records our pluralism.”

Extract from Art Education by Margalit Berriet in Education, training and communication in cultural management of landscapes

Read the full article on page 55 and download the book from here: http://www.apheleiaproject.org/apheleia/Publications/_07.%20Education,%20Training%20and%20Communication%20in%20cultural%20management%20of%20landscapes.pdf

25/11/2017
Conference
International Year of Global Understanding: Closing Ceremony

Closing ceremony of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) reflects on connecting local actions for global understanding

The closing ceremony of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) takes place today in Jena, Germany.

The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) – jointly proclaimed by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the International Council for Science (ICSU) – on the basis of a UNESCO resolution at the 2015 World Social Science Forum in Durban, South Africa, is today celebrating its closing ceremony. The involvement of the ISSC, ICSU and CIPSH in IYGU underwrites broad collaboration across the social and natural sciences and the humanities, from across disciplinary boundaries and from all around the world. IYGU was and is the first major common project of the three Science Councils.

2017 is a year to harvest the benefits of the IYGU. The half-day closing ceremony will wrap up this successful and event-packed international year with a showcase of the year’s highlights. At the same time, the organizers will outline possible scenarios for a fruitful continuation of all the IYGU’s important achievements. The two keynote speakers, Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Executive Director, and Carlos Torres, UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at UCLA, will be joined at the closing ceremony by senior representatives of UNESCO and the three international science councils.

Conference
UNESCO: Ms Irina Bokova on the World Science Day for Peace and Development

Sciences, Technology and Innovation (STI) provide key answers to build peace and bolster sustainable development. We need more integrated science to strengthen water management, to ensure the sustainable use of the ocean, to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, to tackle climate change and disasters, to foster innovation.

This is why STI stand at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. UNESCO has developed a unique approach to promote global scientific cooperation while encouraging local actions, with two focus: gender equality and Africa. In this spirit, UNESCO launched in 2017 a ground-breaking international symposium and policy forum on girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to challenge the gender inequalities in STEM.

Today, the complexity of the world’s issues goes beyond the framework of a single discipline. Hence, UNESCO has made trans-disciplinarity the cornerstone of its work for sustainability; building networks with multiple stakeholders such as museums, universities, private and public actors, governments and NGOs. This year’s theme for the World Science Day for Peace and Development, Science for global understanding, encompasses UNESCO’s approach to develop scientific cooperation between and within societies, combining global sustainability and local actions and knowledge.

Read Ms. Irina Bokova’s full message here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000259953_eng

6/9/2017
Conference
A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century: WHC 2017

We, the participants in the World Humanities Conference held in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 11 August 2017, who have come from all around the world to reflect and to engage in dialogues to establish a new agenda for the humanities of the 21st century;

Commending the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) for their joint organization of the Conference;

Building on a long tradition of intellectual cooperation and solidarity anchored in humanities scholarship and underpinning the creation of UNESCO;

Inspired by the Constitution of UNESCO, which states that it is in the minds of women and men that the defences of peace must be constructed and that peace must be founded upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind …

Read the full outcome document of the World Humanities Conference 2017 here or download the PDF.

6/9/2017
Conference
Arts and Society at the World Humanities Conference

From 6 to 11 August 2017, Arts and Society was invited to the World Humanities Conference (WHC) in Liège, Belgium. For this occasion, Arts and Society presented a video gathering a selection of the projects received from all over the world through the open call for participation launched by Mémoire de l’Avenir in September 2016. Directed by Camille Piazzo, the video is accompanied by an immersive soundtrack composed by the artist Brigande. The video was shown at the opening ceremony of the WHC and screen for the duration of the conference at the Salle Philo II at the University of Liège.

The World Humanities Conference 2017 was organised by Prof. Luiz Oosterberk of CIPSH, Dr. John Crowley of UNESCO-MOST and the Province of Liège. Arts and Society warmly thanks the organisers for a week full of initiative and reflection on the essential values and rich diversity that makes up humanity. We also thank Prof. Benno Werlen of the IYGU.