Jennifer Teets and Vincent Normand will take the e-flux conversations live coverage helm for the duration of Make it Work/Theater of Negotiations, May 29-31. The conference is hosted by SciencesPo and the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers and spearheaded by Bruno Latour and SPEAP (SciencesPo Experimentation in Arts and Politics).
Bruno Latour has previously proposed the definition of aesthetics – “becoming sensitive” – as a clue to help us represent ourselves in the fascinating yet perplexing period of the Anthropocene. For Latour, the Anthropocene must become “real” (through the instruments of science), “present” (politically and socially), and “true” (with emotions and mental representations) for us to properly tackle the problem of representation.
Make it Work promises to be a unique experiment with political, diplomatic, scientific and artistic dimensions created in the spirit of learning. For three days, 200 students from around the world will take part in a public simulation of the UNFCCC international climate negotiations, COP21, which will take place in Paris in December 2015. The conference marks a major deadline in a race against time and against the effects of global climate change, with its many devastating consequences so apparent today, and certainly in the future.
Under the umbrella of Make It Work/Theater of Negotiations, an initiative launched by SciencesPo and partner institutions in preparation for COP21, this project was created for political action to meet artistic creativity. Make it Work/Theater of Negotiations' program comprises non-stop negotiation, a scenography invented by SPEAP, installations and setting by raumlaborberlin, a scenario by Philippe Quesne and Frédérique Ait-Touati, as well as a public program consisting of films, radiophonic experiences, daily print and conferences by leading artists, philosophers, and scientists – all enacted in front of an audience.
In advance of our live coverage tomorrow, check out Jennifer Teets' text on SPEAP for art&education, “Reassembling Art Pedagogy: Pragmatism, Inquiry, and Climate Change at SciencesPo Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP)." For more information about Make it Work, here's a link to some collateral material written by Latour.
The schedule below:
5pm Doors open
5:30-7pm Conference by Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, historian - A political history of Co2
8:30pm Opening ceremony
00pm Doors close
1pm Doors open
2pm-3:30pm Conference by Violaine Sautter, geologist - In the secrets of the rocks
4pm-5:30pm Conference by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, artist and filmmaker - Anticipation garden and cinema
6pm-7:30pm Discussion between Tobie Nathan, psychologist, and Francois Deck, artist - Displacement, experience, changing place, changing destiny
8pm-9:30pm Discussion between Eduardo Viveiros De Castro, anthropologist, and Vinciane Despret, philosopher - Coexisting in a plural world
10pm Open air cinema
00pm Doors closed. The negotiations carry on all night long
1pm Doors open
2pm-4pm Ratification of the agreement and speeches by delegations and Presidency
4:30pm-6pm Conference by Bruno Latour, philosopher - How to represent competing territories?
6pm Closing ceremony
10pm Doors close definitively
*Image above via nasa.gov