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Alter-Places is helping to develop a more equitable, eco-conscious & sustainable Europe, with alternative cultural places at the forefront of this transformation.

Published on March 7, 2024

It starts with a Kick-off Event

Preceding the official online kick-off meeting on 29th of January 2024, a symposium organised by LabEx ICCA and MU took place between the 13th and the 15th December 2023 at La Station - Gare des Mines in Paris.

The European Alter-Places Symposium wrapped up after two days of discussions, workshops, and performances focused on sustainable cultural practices. The event brought together key speakers, panels, research presentations, workshops, and performances.

Over the two days, attendees explored various topics such as the role of arts in envisioning sustainable futures, overcoming obstacles in implementing ecological practices, and the contribution of cultural places to sustainable cities.

Symposium Program Overview

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am: "Art as Conversations on Other Possible Worlds"
    • Key Speaker: Philippe Mairesse, CEREFIGE-Université de Lorraine
  • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Discussion on Implementing Ecological Transition in Artistic Programming
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Workshop: Capturing Ecological & Sustainable Practices at La Station - Gare des Mines
  • 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Workshop: Defining Sustainable Practices in Alternative Cultural Places
  • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Performance: "Mundania" by Robert Willim
  • 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Sound Installation: "HUM!" by Marina Pirot and Dominique Leroy

  • 9:15 am - 10:00 am: "Arts, Ecologies, Transitions: Constructing a Common Vocabulary"
    • Key Speakers: Cécile Sorin, Université Paris 8, and Makis Solomos, Université Paris 8
  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am: Keynote on "The Contribution of Arts to Earth’s Habitability" by Nathalie Blanc
  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Panel Discussion: "Ecological Practices in Cultural Places"
  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Keynote on "Harvesting Hope: Exploring Solarpunk Cities" by Oli Mould
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Panel Discussion: "The Role of Alternative Cultural Places for Sustainable Cities"
  • 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm: Keynote on "Cultural Places as Spaces of Possibilities for Sustainability" by Sacha Kagan


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