The École Polytechnique, the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs-PSL and the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso have joined forces to create an internationally focused Arts & Sciences Chair. In addition to supporting research, training and mediation, this chair will be a resource centre for initiatives emerging in Europe and worldwide.
The Arts & Sciences Chair agreement was signed on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
The first European Arts & Sciences Chair will be a laboratory with three key goals:
– To foster dialogue between art and the natural, human and social sciences in order to implement hybrid research and creation processes;
– To develop new ways of working together to produce new forms of knowledge concerning major societal issues;
– To develop a shared project for a sustainable future by training students and researchers in complex modes of thinking.
The Arts & Sciences Chair will deal with themes related to the environment, technology, energy and globalisation. It will explore collaborative practices that disrupt existing knowledgecreation models – speaking, doing, seeing, sharing, feeling, moving, exploring, changing, perceiving, predicting, projecting and more. Both of the Arts & Sciences Chair’s representatives, Samuel Bianchini and Jean-Marc Chomaz, play key roles in developing arts and sciences structures and actions in France.
On 2 and 3 February 2018, the Arts & Sciences Chair will hold its first public event, We’re Not the Number We Think We Are, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. An unique event with a rich programme to imagine the future, which runs over two days and one night, and a hundred guests from the worlds of science and the arts. This event has been designed and coordinated by Mélanie Bouteloup, director of the art and research centre Bétonsalon.