Memory of the Future is invited by ResiliArt, a UNESCO project, to discuss and dialogue with the public on creativity in times of crisis, intervening alongside artists and personalities from the human sciences 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. During a round table discussion on Friday 19 June, she will also present the project Open Windows The "Distancing": born of the desire to continue to share ideas, reflections and works during the period of distancing that the whole planet is experiencing.
What constraints do artists face as a result of current containment measures? What are the current and future financial consequences of the health crisis on the creative professions? What measures can governments, international organizations and the private sector, among others, put in place to support artists during and after this crisis? And how can cultural policies and funding models be developed that respond adequately to the crises?
Major themes that will contribute to the understanding of the current state of cultural emergency.
Memory of the Future - Arts and Society (MDA), a non-profit and non-political organisation founded in 2003, brings together artists and researchers around a programme of inter-cultural, artistic, cultural and pedagogical interindividual actions. Its aim is to transmit, to all generations, a message of appeasement, openness and acceptance of differences in order to promote mutual understanding of cultures and individuals for a better living together.
By using the arts and cultural heritage as tools for reflection and education in active and creative participation, the association encourages dialogue, freedom of thought and expression around societal themes such as secularism, citizenship, respect for differences, similarities and universal traits .
The round table online this Friday, June 19th from 6 pm at 7:30 p.m. will address the following questions:
- How is transdisciplinarity and collaboration between the human sciences and the arts fundamental in general and especially during a crisis such as the pandemic that has imposed rules of social distancing?
- What responses can the arts and humanities provide at the local or global level? With what impact(s) on society in general?
- What concrete actions have been developed? What tools have made it possible to adapt to this situation? Do these actions and tools encourage a new way of creating?
The discussion will be held with six speakers from the humanities and the arts :
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- Luiz Oosterbeek, Doctor of Archaeology, Professor of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Member of the Scientific Council of the National Museum of Natural History (Paris), Secretary General of the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences.
- Marc-Williams Debono, Neuroscientist, essayist, directs an Art & Science pole in IDF and the transdisciplinary journal of human plasticity PLASTIR.
- Alexandra Roudière, Artist and researcher at the crossroads of disciplines: culinary design, fine arts, contemporary dance
- Luca Giacomoni, Director, founder of Whystories (the first laboratory in France entirely dedicated to the narrative arts)
Organization: Memory of the Future - Arts and Society
Marie-Cécile Berdaguer, Specialized in contemporary art and management of cultural institutions, in charge of exhibitions and communication at Mémoire de l'Avenir.
Margalit Berriet, Founding president of Mémoire de l'Avenir, Director of the magazine HAS, artist and researcher, curator and essayist.
Florence ValabregueModerator, Media Advisor
To participate: Via the UNESCO website
OPEN WINDOWS is an initiative of Mémoire de l'Avenir and Humanities Arts and Society which proposes to showcase and disseminate works and texts by artists and researchers from diverse backgrounds, in response to the current context, in order to continue to create links, share emotions, ideas and reflection in isolation and remoteness.
" We have entered a period that is shaking us on all levels. Spring this year coincides with an anxiety that has spread around the world. A concern for human well-being, which questions the fragility of the human body as much as it questions its operating system and the impact and consequences of its footprint on its environment... While vegetation is renewing itself and the animal world is coming to life, we are, under physical and spatial constraints, invited to think individually and collectively about reinventing ourselves.
In this context, the arts and human sciences have taken on new importance as a creator of links and essential resources for developing critical thinking, awakening the eye, and apprehending our world from different angles, in a difficult daily life and with little joyful outlook. While societies around the world are adapting measures of social distancing and containment - closing their doors - the arts and humanities are opening new windows. »
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