The International Center for Human Sciences (CISH) – UNESCO, Byblos, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the Hanns Seidel Stiftung, have the pleasure to present the International Symposium “Rethinking Humanities for a Post-Pandemic World” on 25-26 November 2021.
The coronavirus pandemic has shocked the current world order. For the first time after the World War II, humanity is confronting a common threat. It is time to revisit the human practices over years that led to this urgency in terms of loss of life and loss of trust in Human kind. We normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, impunity, manipulation, wars … Shall the world get back to normal, which was not really normal in terms of human and basic Rights? The International Center for Human Sciences (CISH) in partnership with the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CISPH) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) are organizing the international symposium “Rethinking Humanities for a Post-Pandemic World” taking the challenge in exploring the current state and the needed changes to re-shock the world positively.
The International Symposium aims to engage researchers and experts from different fields and countries in shaping a better future for our humanity. The symposium will feature presentations of researchers and experts and will enrich the participants’ knowledge in the evolution of Human Sciences along with different scientific fields. The symposium will share the achievements of follow up initiatives in the different regions to the key recommendations of the World Humanities Conference (Liège, 6-12 August 2017) which was a major event engaging the Human Sciences from countries around the world.
For more information, please follow this link.
We are happy to share that the artist Mykalle Bielinski has developed a new performance, Warm up.
The third instalment in her series on the sacred, Warm up explores our relationship with nature through the lens of our use of resources and overconsumption, and tries to rethink the act of making art within the context of the climate crisis. Thanks to a bicycle that generates the electricity to power the show, the performer explores the principles of degrowth and resilience through a ritual rife with mythological and political overtones. Utilizing all available resources, she interrogates the audience about their feelings and transforms their answers into mantras and guidelines for the new world. In this athletic and musical piece, science, fiction, and science fiction collide to inspire a paradigm shift on both the personal and societal level.
You can see the performance between the 13th and 17th of december in Montréal. Follow this link to book a ticket!
Michel Monteaux will show his work Matters Matter at the group exhibition L’être hybride taking place at the Espace d’Art de Chaillioux, in Fresnes, France.
In Matters Matter, Michel Monteaux collects waste of all kinds and photographs it with a scanner. This process alters objects that are considered to be of no interest and gives them an aura, a second life, revealing a soul in what had become inanimate. These paradoxical still lifes put our way of life on trial, reminding us that waste will be the most important contribution of the generations of the late 20th and early 21st centuries to the sad history of humanity. However, he sees it as a source of redemption, of transmigration, when he writes: “In this way we affirm our disconnection from the organic nature of the elements, those which constitute the very essence of life. But out of sight, waste continues to transform and is therefore not inert. It becomes part of a universe in motion and joins the billions of particles that make up the energy and matter from which we are born.”
Find out more about the exhibition here.
We are delighted to announce Addictive TV‘s upcoming release Dr Junkenstein.
Over the years, Addictive TV recorded a number of musicians building instruments from recycled junk, particularly Brazilian eco-band Patubatê and more recently the UK’s Junk Orchestra, both who’s rummaging through skips yields incredible results and who’s funky percussion of a spinning bicycle wheel and a car exhaust pipe feature in the track.
Dr Junkenstein heads off in a jazz direction, as they felt these kind of percussion samples worked well with wonderful saxophone they had recorded in Poděbrady with Czech musician Petr Kroutil. It then all fused together around some fantastic drums from Ukrainian drummer Sergey Balalaev they had recorded in St Petersburg, Russia, and a great piano riff that complemented the sax, created from sampling recordings with Jack Hues – the multi-instrumentalist and lead singer of 1980’s pop sensation Wang Chung (who still perform today!).
Addictive TV will release the record on the 22nd of October 2021, visit this link to listen to the teaser !
Since 2001, the Collectif Culture Essone has created the festival “La Science de l’Art” (The art of Science), an event that is free and open to all. This event is part of a local and participative dynamic while highlighting the strong scientific identity of the French region. It therefore contributes to the cultural development of the territory and encourages the debate on Culture, Art and Science. Its actions are mainly intended for the “distant” public of the Essonne region and for the school public.
The objectives of this festival are:
The originality of the festival lies as much in the encounters and transdisciplinary creations that it produces, as in its non-dedicated venues (nurseries, hospitals, churches, train station halls…) that encourage encounters with the public.
This year it will take place between November and December !
To find out more about it, please follow this link.
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presents 36. Black International Cinema Berlin 2021 / “Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin 2021 in association with THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, Cultural Zephyr e.V., CrossKultur 2021 and in cooperation with ALEX – Offener Kanal Berlin (Open Channel Berlin).
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and Black International Cinema Berlin became partners during the creation of the first European Black Cultural Festival in 1986 and since this creative and inspirational occasion, continued their international, intercultural diplomatic film, seminar, dance, music, art exhibition and publication presentations annually in varying forms since the historic 3 week birth in West Berlin. This developmental creation occurred during our and others formative political, social, educational, economic and artistic times.
Once again, for the 36th time, in November and December 2021, we will share the creative vision of our filmmakers in association with artistic contributions through our exhibition “Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin, with a local, national and international audience.
“Onward and Upward, No Matter What – Always!” is the theme for this year, accompanied by our long time Chicago mentor, Oscar Brown Jr., “I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won´t if I don’t…”.
We continue our support, belief and long time practice of cooperation with CrossKultur and “Tempelhof-Schöneberg in Motion”, which equals PROGRESS, today, tomorrow and hence forth.
Thank you for joining and supporting our vision for more egalitarian societies, world wide.
November 01 – December 31 | 2021
Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall)
Gallery (1. Floor)
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
in association with
THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin
“Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin
Cultural Zephyr e.V.
in cooperation with
ALEX – Offener Kanal Berlin (Open Channel Berlin)
Dr. Lisa Rüter
Commissioner for Integration, District Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin
More information here.
Stevexoh’s work explores the concepts of creativity and the human condition and, in particular, the tension created between the innate and often conflicting human needs for both adventure/exploration and safety/security. Steve explains “I make art purely to help me make more sense of my human experience. It is an expression of the wonder, the confusion, the excitement, the repulsion and the general highs and lows of my day to day life. I find the world an increasingly bizarre place and that fascinates me. I share my artwork with the world in the hope that it invites others to do the same, to step away from the games and routines that we inherit from society and to truly embrace and dance with the mysteries that lie beneath.”
Steve’s work is diverse and often explores themes of the unkown, of dissonance, of wonder and presents itself in a way that others describe as impeccably depict what it means to be human. Steve says “For me the practice of not knowing is the most important thing and my art allows me to do this. Whether it is drawing, painting, paper cutting, street art installations or conceptual projects like my silent podcast, all of them are an invitation into a space of not knowing that allows us to experience the world with a renewed sense of curiosity and wonder.“
In collaboration with Unrtun, “Outsiders Welcome” at Yellow Edge Gallery, in Gosport UK, is the first solo show of the artist. The exhibition will be the most extensive collection of Steve’s work to date and comprises over 80 drawings, paintings, paper cuttings and other weird and wonderful installations.
Find all the information about the exhibition here.
For the Festival d’Automne de Paris, Luca Giacomoni adapts Hamlet in the form of a musical for twelve actors, professionals and non-professionals. He uses Shakespeare’s classic as a starting point to question the possible relationships to reality and for theatrical research on the invisible.
Constructed like a symphony in three movements, combining narrative and music, Luca Giacomoni’s Hamlet turns the stage into a laboratory for a lively interrogation of the very meaning of the theatrical experience. After Iliad (2016), created with the Meaux prison, and Metamorphoses (2020), with the Maison des femmes de Saint-Denis, Shakespeare’s text is the first great story of Western culture that the director has chosen specifically for its theatrical power. This time, Luca Giacomoni is working with people who have had so-called ‘psychotic’ experiences. Hamlet deals with the question of the perception of reality, the invisible borders between the real and the illusory – material that is eminently theatrical, but which the show also addresses, literally, through the lived experiences of its performers.
Find more information here.
Visit the program of the Festival d’Automne de Paris for tickets and other performances.
The Museum of Modern Art Ca’ La Ghironda is showing a retrospective of Sara Berti’s work.
“Berti’s research focuses on the depth and inevitability of certain links such as: body and mind, the visible and the invisible, ancient and contemporary art, of which the works on display constitute a detailed and privileged synthesis. Indeed, one must look closely at the sculptures, paintings and mixed media works to see all the symbols and references to the past and the present.”
Opening night: 3rd of October at 4pm
Ca’ la Ghironda Area Museale
via Leonardo da Vinci, 19
40069 Ponte Ronca di Zola Predosa, Bologna
The International Journal of Anthropology, founded by Brunetto Chiarelli and lead by the University of Florence, has announced a call for papers on the theme of Culture of Diversity: The world is not culturally flat.
“It might be surprising, but the world is today less culturally flat than in the past. For centuries, the prevailing scientific knowledge has been western, educated, industrialized, wealthy, and democratic. Western culture was the benchmark for all people, even long after the ending of colonization. The relationship between Europe and the USA was the dominant model of international socioeconomic and cultural exchanges around the Atlantic Ocean. There was a tacit
consensus that a selected and restricted group of people was the moral deposit of the universal truths. All people could be—or tend to become—the same in a unified and flat world.”
International Journal of Anthropology, Environment and Territory is edited by Gian Luigi Corinto
Find more information here.
For the opening of LE GRAND PLONGEON [The Big Dive], Maud Louvrier Clerc announced that she is a co-signatory of the UNESCO JENA Declaration. It calls for a change of strategy to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals through a new approach taking into account the regional cultural and historical context to develop effective solutions.
“This exhibition reflects my hope in our ability to move towards sustainable development to protect marine biodiversity, through citizen mobilisation and the circular economy. In the first exhibition space: diffusion, the visitor is immersed in the heart of the ocean, prey to plastic nanoparticles and the disappearance of sand, in a second room, action, they can become a healer of the ocean, take part in the great metamorphosis” specifies the artist.
Biodiversity refers to the incredible diversity of living things. The word became known in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. But far from being a number of species, it includes four dimensions: the diversity of species, genetic diversity, the diversity of ecosystems, but also and above all all the interactions that exist within and between these three levels. Robert Barbault, professor of ecology at the Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University, has defined it as “the living fabric of the planet”.
“Inspired by my practice of apnea and scuba diving, I develop an artistic reflection on balance and evolution. Balance of ecosystems and evolution, dear to Darwin: What will our Earth look like in a few centuries? The question remains open.”
LE GRAND PLONGEON invites the public to an immersive experience in the sea that is plagued by plastic nanoparticles and the disappearance of sand.
The exhibition consists of several series of watercolours, paintings, installations, one of which is participatory, a sculptural ensemble, a musical composition and design workshops. It seeks to reveal the beauty of the ocean as well as underline the disappearance of wild species, their potential domestication for recreational purposes and humanity’s lack of respect for ecosystems. Finally it proposed to reflect on the need to set ourselves in motion, starting with the use of our objects and the management of our waste. Through her artworks, Maud Louvrier Clerc evokes the dangers faced by marine ecosystems and the consequent challenges facing our civilisation today: the protection of its environment and the implementation of moderation and a circular economy.
To find more about the exhibition : http://maudlouvrierclerc.com/archives-419.html
Conservatoire des Arts de Montigny-le-Bretonneux
1 Parvis des sources
We are excited to inform you that Mémoire de l’Avenir is holding an event for the well known French holiday la “Nuit Blanche” on the 2nd of October 2021.
PERFORMANCE at 6pm and 6:30pm
Street poems and everyday gestures
Texts : Cécile Bouillot
Music : Brigande
Cécile Bouillot will deliver two performances based on her latest project in which she presents sentences heard and overheard in the street since 2020, punctuated by episodes of everyday gestures set to music by Brigande. Through the prism of a kaleidoscopic narrative and with humour and poetry the artist challenges us to witness the twittering of the world.
INSTALLATION from 7pm
The (un)veiled Gaze
Interactive, tactile and sound installation
The (un)veiled Gaze is a work that proposes to question the neurological phenomenon of synesthesia. It invites us, through gesture and touch, to discover a sonic landscape of which the image of a human body constitutes both the vehicle and the geography.
EXHIBITION until 00H
Itinerances of Being vol2.
Mainly linked to time, bodies and their metamorphoses, the works presented echo the pathways of being, both mental and physical, around the impulses of desires, fears, life and death.
For more information please follow this link.
We are delighted to share that our friend, Cécile Bouillot, is performing in a new play Louise, elle est folle.
Written by Leslie Kaplan, the show explores the intricacies of a friendship between two women:
“Who is crazy in Louise, elle est folle ?
The two women accuse each other on stage. Bickering , they use a third, the absent Louise, as a way of designating what they in no way want to be. They lash out at each other, as if each one represents something for the other that she rejects. Yet it is all about habitual behaviour, phrases heard everywhere, buying anything, travelling without seeing, eating without thinking, wanting to win, the daily horror and the cinema, the clichés, the clichés, the clichés … all things that are real and present, that are there, in the world.
Are they crazy to do what is being done? Or is reality crazy? I’m talking to you, not listening to you.
The world is upside down. It smells like revolution!
But how can we live together?”
“If there is something wrong with the way we talk, if there are lies or unspoken things, it creates disorder in the head and then disorder in social behaviour. My battle is in making explicit what the words mean.”
You can see the play in the following locations:
Bal(l)ade poétique is a dance performance by la Compagnie Humaine, headed by Éric Oberdorff.
Since 2018, the compagny has been creating and proposing poetic wanderings, tailor-made artistic journeys to discover alternative spaces, be they urban or rural, gardens, museums, wastelands, parks, forests, monuments or other heritage sites. Taking the Icelandic poet Sjón’s statement, “I have seen the universe!” In an ode to light, nature and life, each movement, each look, each note, each breath weaves with intensity and tenderness a dialogue with the spaces that surround them.
They will be performing in different locations over the summer, find their calander here.
Distribution / danse : Cécile Robin Prévallée
Music : Delphine Barbut
Concept & choregraphy : Éric Oberdorff
Our friend Maud Louvrier-Clerc is having a solo show at artéfact, in Paris, between the 7th and 31st of July.
La Disparition du Sable is a series of watercolour drawings sometimes intermingled with sea salt and grains of sand observed or fantasised by the artist. Like the erosion that produces it, the pigment layers are translated in the natural movement of coming and going on the paper surface, leaving their imprints as they withdraw. In these works, Maud Louvrier Clerc confronts us with the notion of the relationship to time that differentiates human beings from nature.
Join her and Pauline Lisowski, the curator on the 8th of July for the opening and a talk, between 18:00 and 21:00, Paris Time.
To know more about the exhibition follow this link.
Our friends at Plasticité, Sciences, Arts have lauched their latest issue of PLASTIR: The Transdisciplinary Review of Human Plasticity. It includes written works by Laetitia Bischoff, Sylvie Pouteau, Cécile Voisset and Ly Lan Magniaux.
All the abstracts and the paper Vicken Parson’s Blue are translated in English. (For the other texts, online translation of the full papers by Google).
Please follow this link for more information about the review and the organisation.
[Illustration: Claire Morgan, Gone to Seed, 2011. Galerie Karsten Greve. (taxidermy), thistle seed, nylon, lead, acrylic. 300 x 240 x 180 cm / 118 x 94 1/2 x 70 3/4 in CM/S 22.]
We would like to share the event organised by the Maison des Métallos, in Paris, who is organising the second edition of the event series titled Mouvements des Transitions. This talk will discuss the notion of liberation in today’s context with Barbara Stiegler as the main guest.
” We are currently celebrating the virtual lifting of health restrictions; the vaccination policy gives us a glimpse of the possible end of a ‘global war against the virus’.
But is this a true liberation or a deliverance that overlooks the consequences of the pandemic on our individual and collective freedoms?”
To know more follow this link [in French only]
In partnership with ikonotv, Platforme Planet Earth has a dedicated channel to publish climate change themed art. It will include original content and a selection of our artists’ existing work – to be shown as video or short films.
Now through the end of July, 2021, there will be two consecutive promotions, with the “user reviews” of all audience voting on the site. The highest scoring pieces will qualify and be part of the exhibition – taking place in October 2021.
In addition to the people’s choice selections, the fall exhibition will feature curated content from all online listings (submissions), for the gallery-represented artists, with separate categories for solo/amateur artists or submission without a gallery.
All pieces must fit in one of the nine categories, selected by the artist at the time of submission:
Land – from Mountains to Deserts
Air and Sky
Space – our Cosmos and Beyond
People and Construction
People and Migration
Once the final winners have been selected, and the exhibition created, it will headline the Platforme Planet Earth website and all marketing outreach for 3 to 6 months.
The exhibition will be produced as a short film- including images of the winning submissions. Each of the nine climate change categories will be included in the video, thereby telling the story of climate change in 2021. A high-impact audio-visual presentation of “Art for Climate Change” will premier in October, 2021. Partnering in Paris at 193 Gallery – where all selected artists will be invited to join us .
All qualified submissions can be sent to the Platforme Planet Earth website now through July 31, 2021.
Find more information about the open call here.
Our friend Maud Louvrier Clerc participated to the conference Cis. XXI, Singularity, a perspective for a new humanity, organised by IRISA (Institut de Recherche International en Anthropologie de la Singularité) and the Biennale of Paris, at the Hôtel de Ville of Paris.
The Cis.XXI, International of the Singularity is the first conference dedicated to singularity understood as a process of emancipation and whose first edition has taken place at the Hôtel de Ville of Paris on 17 June 2021. The colloquium aimed to be a collaboration between institutional partners and researchers working in their in the framework of their discipline and in relation to the field of art.
The research axis were:
Axis I : Singularity and social action What are the possibilities of adaptation and action in society as a function of singularity?
Axis II : Metamorphosis as a process of singularisation How does metamorphosis affect singularity?
Axis III : Singularity and commitment in the practice of care Taking care and giving care: the in-between of a singularity in the making.
Maud Louvrier Clerc was invited to present her research in entrepreneurial psychology and the JEMONDE protocol.
On the 30 of September 2021, a colloquium proposed by the French Presidency of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee Bureau-Management Of Social Transformations (MOST) concerning social sciences and the Covid-19 pandemic will take place. They invite interested parties to submit a contribution by the 15th of July.
“On 12 March 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the spread of COVID-19 infection asa ‘pandemic’, i.e.a widespread epidemicon a global scale. Indeed, while the first known cases occurred in Wuhan province, China, in December 2019, the entire world was affected during the year 2020. Life sciences have obviously mobilised globally to understand and fight the virus, and a greatdeal of social science research has also been conducted in many countries around the world since2019. Hence,the French Presidency of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee Bureau -Management of Social Transformations (MOST) proposes to organise a colloquium and explore the broadersocial science perspective on the pandemicnearly two yearsafter itstarted. The conference will be organised under four sub-themes, from the life of the human body to state institutions,and globalisation. Different levels of social reality will be considered in a dialectical and non-deterministic way, in all the fieldsconsidered, giving priority to direct observations and first-hand data. In addition, the place of women in each of the four sub-themes as a cross-cutting axis will be taken into account. A specific workshop will be devoted to the role of women in the preservation of tangible and intangible heritagesin times of pandemic.”
To know more about the submission instructions and the call follow this link.
On July 14-15, 2021, the SEA conference will take place at the University of Haifa, along the Israeli coasts and remotely (online). SEA will focus on the many ways in which the worlds of science, education and art can come together with respect to the seas and oceans.
They invite anyone interested in science, education and/or art (as well as their combinations) to propose presentations as part of the conference. The presentations can take any form that can be communicated both in-situ and remotely, for example (but not limited to) a workshop, an art piece or a classic presentation. Presentations can be in English, Hebrew or Arabic (the conference will be translated into all three languages).
For more information, or to propose a presentation (by 20/5/21), please send an email to: email@example.com
The organizing committee: Michael Lazar, Maayan Tsadka, Daniel Sher and Naama Charit-Yaari.
In the context of a series of virtual visits, MDA-HAS organised a new online mediation session around the collections of the Musée de l’Homme, aimed at young people from the French organisation ‘Mission Locale de Paris’, on the 5th of May 2021. The virtual tour focused on the museum’s three main questions: who are we, where do we come from, where are we going?
The questions addressed are: What does it mean to be human? How, and from what angle, can we define the human being? It is also a question of questioning the place of the human being within the living world. Is it so different from non-human living beings? Can we question the notion of ‘consciousness’, ‘intelligence’, ‘language’ – with the help of a ‘de-anthropocentric’ and even ‘de-Westernised’ viewpoint, going beyond the traditional opposition between nature and culture? How do human beings in different cultures understand the world, society, the individual and identities? What is common? Can we replace the notion of ‘universal’ with that of ‘multiversal’?
In order to find the keys to a better understanding of current issues, we explored prehistory. There we discussed the evolution and adaptation of human beings, as well as their relationship with the environment. The last part of this session focused on the current issues facing humanity. Since humans have created this situation by strengthening their domination of the planet since the Neolithic era – up to and including globalisation – what responsibilities does this imply today? What is the future for a human being who is increasingly distanced from nature? Do transhumanism, digital technology and robotics represent relevant alternatives? What future can we still imagine?
These visits are available both in English and in French, and are curated for all ages.
This visit is adaptable to other institutions, internationally.
For further information please contact Aurore Nerrinck / firstname.lastname@example.org , Head of Research & Cultural Mediation, Mémoire de l’Avenir – Humanities Arts and Society
Credits Image: © “Préhistoire”, Camille Dégardin for Le Musée de L’Homme, 2013
The Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, national museum of immigration, and the Plateforme internationale sur le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme PIRA (FMSH, EPHE) propose an international symposium on the treatment of racism and antisemitism in museum exhibitions.
This symposium seeks to explore what techniques and aesthetic choices historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geneticists, curators and artists have used in exhibitions dealing with racism and antisemitism? What do they take away from this experience, what do they regret? What choices were effective or not? What feedback did they get from the public? How can the effectiveness of the fight against racism and antisemitism through museography be evaluated? What are the political and social issues at stake in the museographic choices of such exhibitions (various pressure groups, conflicts and conflict resolution in museographic choices…)?
The questions will be discussed during these two days of study around round tables bringing together intellectuals, exhibition curators, artists and academics and speakers from the world of anti-racist associations.
For more information and registrations please follow this link.
The European Humanities Conference, taking place between the 5th and 7th of May, has invited the HAS project to develop an artistic program around the themes addressed during the
We have the pleasure to invite you to discover an exhibition involving videos of art, music and VR performances, digital and interactive
projects, alongside artistic films.
On the night of the 6th of May, join us to a digital musical and conversation evening, with the artists of the exhibition.
You can watch the concert and join the conversation here.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Active Creative Design; Addictive TV; Alain Séraphine; Alexia Traore; Che-Wei Chen; Lamozé; Marten Berkman; Mykalle Bielinski; Nour Awada; Romy Castro
For REGISTRATION please follow this link.
We are delighted to inform you that numerous colleagues from CIPSH and the HAS project will give presentations at the 2021 International Conference on Childhood Studies, organised by Hangzhou Normal University, China, between 23-24 April 2021.
The Conference aims to reflect upon the impacts of science and technology on children’s education, the views on children, and the changes of social civilization as a whole.
For more information and to particpate, please follow this link.
Plasticité Science Arts are holding a conference and roundtable discussion on the transdisciplinary aspects of literature on April 14, 2021 from 5 to 8 pm, French time.
Part of the academic programme of the 3rd World Congress of Transdisciplinarity Online (30 Oct 2020-17 Sept 2021), this day is part of a session (14-16 April) on transdisciplinary issues in literature organised by Bénédicte Letellier, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of La Réunion, under the aegis of CIRET (France). The event will be broadcast live in French and simultaneously translated on youtube into 112 languages. Those wishing to participate should register beforehand on https://www.youtube.com/c/3CMTr and click on the Subscribe button.
Our friend and the editor of Has Magazine, Zoltan Somhegyi, will speak at the 4th International Conference Aesthetic Energy of the City, held in Lodz, Poland. Its aim is to systematize knowledge about the role of images in the city. It invertigates the mutual relations between the city and its images: those created for the city and those consolidating the city identity.
In order to register follow this link: http://aecity.uni.lodz.pl/registration-form/
We are delighted to announce the French publication of Aline Alterman and Jean-Godefroy Bidima’s work “L’Histoire à l’épreuve de l’histoire”, “History challenged through hisotry”, by the publishing house Édition Mimésis. This volume seeks to revise our understanding of the concept of history and to revise its contemporary perception.
For a short introduction please follow this link:
Mémoire de l’Avenir – Humanities, Arts and Society welcomed 27 young people from the French organisation ‘Mission Locale de Paris’ for a video-conference dedicated to the Musée de l’Homme, one of the Parisian anthropology museums.
This session of cultural mediation, around the collections of the Musée de l’Homme, retraces a history of humanity by crossing biological, archaeological, anthropological and philosophical perspectives, based on the 3 main questions set by the museum: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?
By examining a plural definition of human beings from their origins and through their evolution, their singularity and their diversity, by questioning in particular their relationship to nature, as well as emphasising culture and intercultural dialogue, this virtual tour offered keys to understanding and facing contemporary issues.
These visits are available both in English and in French, and are curated for all ages.
This visit is adaptable to other institutions, internationally.
For further information please contact Aurore Nerrinck / email@example.com , Head of Research & Cultural Mediation, Mémoire de l’Avenir – Humanities Arts and Society
Our friends at the e-journal Expressions, founded by Prof. Emmanuel Anati, have launched their March 2021 issue on the theme Cultural Identity.
“Defining cultural identity concerns both individuals and social, ethnic and linguistic entities. It usually has a dominant component, producing strong feelings and behavior.
For the tribal world cultural identity is primarily the tribal identity, and an individual is classified and self-classifies himself according to his/her tribal adherence and to his/her particular moiety, totemic group or other sub-denomination. When urban settlements grow, tribal identities decrease in importance.“
Read the issue here.
Emmanuel Anati is the founder and Executive Director of the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici in Capo di Ponte, Italy, and Professor Ordinarius (ret.) of Palaeo-ethnology at the University of Lecce, Italy.
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.”
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
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
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):
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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
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).
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
“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
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.
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
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 …
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.