Encyclopedia of essential knowledges

The Worlds of Art
ESAAIX, Aix-en-Provence, France
March 20-22, 2019

Experimental workshop
with Birgitta Ralston and Olivier Vadrot

Radio program
Estelle Nabeyrat and Gaspard Collin, Radio * DUUU
Dialogues
Nelson Pernisco, Raphael Haziot of Yes We Camp and Grégory Jérôme of Solidarity Economy of Art.

In this pivotal time, humanity has the duty to reinvent itself. If each of our actions is connected to the world, we have the power to change it and participate in the transition, by reconsidering our way of living, living, traveling, working ... All of us are aware of it, but we do not know how to do it.

This cooperative workshop was an invitation to build a new modernity in which we will be an actor of an ideal future, by updating local know-how, rendered obsolete by the era of globalized industrialization: repair and reuse instead of buying, share the goods instead of possessing them, share the knowledge instead of protecting it, collaborate instead of constructing hierarchies.

Ideal territory

Terrestrial human activity is accelerating disproportionately to available resources. We arrive at a pivotal and critical moment for the survival of the human species, and have three years to rethink all our uses and our eco-systems, to re-calibrate them with a degree of urgency similar to that of a world war. Without this, and according to James Anderson of the Climatology-Atmospheric Chemistry Department of Harvard (USA) in an interview published in the spring of 2018, human extinction will begin. A real decrease is therefore imperative, a new ecology of the human environment, as approached by the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019.

Since 2017, the independent design studio Ralston Bau has committed to creating a design idealistic to decode the complexity of our world and connect people and shared spaces. Practicing transformative design, Ralston Bau takes ideas to action and complex questions to the essential object. The ideal territory is an immersion: a collective exploration in your context, school, city. The challenge is clearly to transform and (re) enchant our society without delay so that it is regenerating. We thus immersed ourselves collectively and individually in shared local spaces, met people we learn through empathic observations and interviews. In this urgent need for change, the solution lies in circular principles: we need to rethink everything for short cycles and networks that have little impact. We shared, visualised and tested these reflections via installation, proposals of tangible and activable uses: the Ideal Territories.

Encyclopedia of essential knowledges

Summary

In this pivotal time, humanity has the duty to reinvent itself. If each of our actions is connected to the world, we have the power to change it and participate in the transition, by reconsidering our way of living, living, traveling, working ... All of us are aware of it, but we do not know how to do it.

This cooperative workshop was an invitation to build a new modernity in which we will be an actor of an ideal future, by updating local know-how, rendered obsolete by the era of globalized industrialization: repair and reuse instead of buying, share the goods instead of possessing them, share the knowledge instead of protecting it, collaborate instead of constructing hierarchies.

Together, we mapped the forgotten knowledge that each student is carrying (himself, his family, his relatives) and laid the foundations for a multiform encyclopedia: diagrams, diagrams, tables, indexes, fragments, anthology ...

During the first day, we made the presentation, inventory of the index, co-creation of its event. The second day: the investigation of the essential know-how and putting in clean of the formulation of each one of them; and the third day: the exchange of know-how, co-creation and implementation of its ephemeral and light visual manifestation in the collective spaces of the school.

These three days propose to question different types of collaborative projects through artists and personalities from the world of art: how does the artist initiate interactions with other fields of thought? What spaces, physical and theoretical, produce joint projects? And then, what becomes of the status of the author? The resulting programs make it possible to report on these exchanges, particularly through the eyes of students.

Podcast "The Worlds of Art"

Animated show by Estelle Nabeyrat for * DUUU (64 minutes).
With Olivier Vadrot, Birgitta Ralston, Nelson Pernisco, Raphael Haziot (Yes We Camp), Grégory Jérôme (Solidarity Economy of Art), and students Laura Jacob, Juliette Jacquet, Mehdi Laid, Daphne Demange, Laura Heintz.

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