Pour un avenir soutenable : Art et Culture(s) face à la crise environnementale


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Pour un avenir soutenable : Art et Culture(s) face à la crise environnementale

Past: Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM


In his book “Technics and Civilization” published in 1934, the historian and philosopher Lewis Mumford already called for — and hoped to see realised — a “dynamic equilibrium” regarding the human exploitation of the environment, the production of the consumer goods, or even the conservation of natural resources. On the eve of the opening of the COP21 in Paris, which aims at establishing an international binding agreement to limit the climate warming largely due to the excessive extraction and burning of fossil fuels as well as to deforestation, it has to be said that the equilibrium that Mumford called for was not achieved. Outside of the discussions that will take place in Le Bourget, the second assembly of Dark Series proposes to look into other strategies of reflexion and action, in other manners of showing and negotiating that could allow us to re-think the development of our society and our environment. What could be the role of artistic research and of cultural practices in this context? At the crossroad of art, activism and research, the participants of this assembly will present their proposals for a more sustainable development, to make visible the urgency of environmental issues and to conceive unifying actions at the heart of civil society.


-Sacha Kagan (Ph.D) is Research Associate at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany), Principal Investigator at the transdisciplinary research project “The City as Space of Possibility”. He is the Chair of the Research Network “Sociology of the Arts” at the European Sociological Association (ESA RN 2).

-Marie Velardi, artist, based in Geneva. After studying in Milan, Brussels, Lausanne and Geneva, she participated in 2013-14 to the SPEAP / Programme of experimentation in arts and politics at Sciences Po, Paris. Through her research and practice, she aims at constructing a memory of the future.

-Collective Disaster is a young, international and multidisclipinary network, interested in exploring new possibilities of collaboration and in working on ways out of disasters.

-Isabelle Frémeaux and John Jordan co-founded the collective Laboratory of Insurrectional Imagination in which art, activism and permaculture intersect (labofii.net). The labofii and others have organised the Climate Games, the world’s largest Disobedient Action Adventure Game, that will unfold during the COP21, in Paris and around. climategames.net / facebook : Climate Games

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9, esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rdc de la Halle aux Farines
Face aux Grands Moulins de Paris sur le campus de l’Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot

75013 Paris

T. 01 45 84 17 56


Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Nobuko Tsuchiya
  • Antoine Catala
  • Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
  • Jasmina Metwaly & Philip Rizk
  • Ian Cheng
  • Haytham El Wardany
  • Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson & Violaine Sautter
  • Vilém Flusser & Louis Bec
  • David Ohle
  • Agnieszka Piksa
And 2 others…