We are not the number we think we are

We are not the number we think we are

Within the framework of its support by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, COAL participates with its Laboratory of sustainable culture at the event “We are not the number we think we are” on February 2 and 3, 2018, starting at 10 a.m., at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. This event is proposed by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, in partnership with the “arts & sciences” Chair (supported by the École polytechnique / the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – PSL / the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation) and the Cité Internationale des Arts.

This event will bring together hundreds of artists, researchers and working groups from a wide range of geographical and disciplinary backgrounds around an unprecedented experience, continuously for 36 hours. The thread that runs through this rich program is the novelistic universe of The Compass Rose (1982), a collection of short stories by the American science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin. Participants will try to draw the landscape of what might exist in the future by drawing some threads from these news stories and will try to get out of their comfort zone, to accept the unpredictable, to wade into the unknown and to question again the value of evidence, doubt, accident and investigation.

Thanks to the richness of the program and the international speakers, everyone will be invited to take the time to reflect on scientific, ecological and civic concerns, but also to participate in the processes of work and development of knowledge.

With this event, the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation creates a moment of renewed dialogue between artists, scientists, thinkers and the general public. Through meetings, participative workshops and shared experiments, the desire to cross the boundaries between experts, specialists, creators, students and novices, but also to explore and discover new aesthetic, multi-sensory and creative experiences. Bringing all these actors into dialogue should make it possible to ask this fundamental question: how can we invent forms that summon and represent, that activate and mobilize, in order to imagine a desirable future and a project for society that emerges from the collective will?


With the participation of COAL :

Seminar “Composing knowledge”.
Friday, February 2, 9am-1pm
Coordination: Valérie Pihet (independent researcher) and Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga (independent researcher and curator)
With Loïc Fel from COAL, and about forty project leaders supported by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation

The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, convinced that the new era we are living in calls for a transdisciplinary and collaborative production of knowledge, has been running a call for projects since 2015 entitled “Composing knowledge to better understand the challenges of the contemporary world”. As part of the event “We are not the number we think we are”, she invites all the project leaders supported in France and Spain to draw together a common horizon of thought during a seminar. Participation by invitation only.

Workshop The Accacia Seed Author
Saturday, February 3, 4:30-5:30 pm
With, among others, Nathalie Blanc, Design Office, Ewen Chardronnet and Loïc Fel.
Presentation and performance of the work of Aliens in Green, co-produced by our Laboratory of Sustainable Culture #2, La Table et le Territoire.

Find the whole program HERE

We are not the number we think we are
Friday, February 2 10am – Saturday, February 3 10pm
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website Ressource0.com


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

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    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.