ArtCOP21 – The Creative Parties Conference

ArtCOP21 – The Creative Parties Conference

Review the entirety of the Creative Parties Conference organized by COAL and the Gaité lyrique, during the COP21, from December 1st to 11th.


The Conference of Creative Parties is a public and international summit that relies on imagination, creativity and collaboration to build and invent together another response to the climate challenges that will be debated at the same time in Paris by the negotiators of the 21st United Nations Climate Conference (COP21).

From December 1 to 11, 2015, COAL and the Gaité lyrique invited a hundred eloquent and inspiring international creators, artists, architects, scientists and thinkers to reinvent together, the imagination of another possible, positive and sustainable world.

Conferences of Parties (COP) are technical and technocratic events, difficult to access for the uninitiated. Negotiations are essentially about regulatory objectives, quotas and financial or generic commitments, at the national and international levels, which are very abstract and remote from citizens.

The Creative Parties Conference assumes that culture is an essential vehicle for sharing common goals of adaptation and climate change, and the main driver for change. In order to draw together a new project of society, it is necessary to develop a common culture that projects us towards other possible worlds.

Alternating each afternoon between collective reflection sessions and interviews with international artists recognized for their commitment, the Creative Parties Conference will lead to the drafting of a manifesto for the culture of tomorrow’s world. Distributed internationally for signature after the COP, the manifesto unites and engages artists from around the world in the manner of the COP 21 resolutions.

All meetings are streamed and archived on the Gaîté lyrique and ArtCOP21 websites. Meetings are held in French or English. They are freely accessible.


2:30 p.m. – Opening of the Conference of the Creative Parties: arts and culture commit to the COP21
In English and streamed

From Rio to COP21, what were the mobilizations of the cultural sector? How did they evolve and, above all, how did the political decision-makers take into account the voice of artists? The opening of the Conference of the Creative Parties is an opportunity to take stock of the mobilizations and to inspire artists to get involved in order to bring the voice of culture to the negotiation agenda.

With Kevin Buckland (UK), Artistic Ambassador of, Anne-Marie Melster, Co-founder and Director of ARTPORT_making waves (USA), Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Commissioner of Becoming an Earthling at the Musée de l’Homme (FR), Frédéric Ferrer, author and director (FR), Cynthia Rosenzweig, climatologist (USA), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, poet (Marshall Islands), Teresa Borasino, Director of the Futuro Caliente festival in Lima – COP20 (PER), Anna Heringer, architect (CH). Animated by the ArtCOP21 team.


5pm – Face to face with Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, poet, Marshall Islands.
Moderated by journalist Lydia Ben Ytzhak.

In English and streamed

7:19 PM from the Media Center: Battle of the Links

Broadcast every Monday on Canal+, L’Oeil de Links is a collaborative program dedicated to the


2:00 p.m. – Producing without reproducing: creating new models

In French and streamed


The ecology of artistic practices is undergoing a real transformation, cultural ecosystems are reinventing themselves and distilling new ways of doing and thinking to build a more sustainable world. How are these new modes of knowledge, action and creation developed? What are the forces and dynamics at work? Whether it is in materials, forms and methods, a thought by the environment in which one evolves emerges and initiates other forms of life, economy and sharing.

With Justyna Swat from OuiShare for POC21 (FR), Vincent Guimas, La nouvelle Fabrique (FR), Eva Jospin, artist (FR), Encore Heureux, architects (FR).

Moderated by Jeanne Granger, co-founder of the Réserve des Arts (FR).


4pm – Face to face with Gideon Mendel, photographer (ZAF).
Moderated by journalist Lydia Ben Ytzhak.

In English and streamed

The 19h19 of the inRocKs Lab with Norma (live)


2:00 p.m. – Act locally, mobilize globally

In English and streamed

Artistic practices anchored in the territories and local communities contribute to the creation and perpetuation of citizen actions in favor of ecology and sustainable development. The artists associated with militant movements give credibility to the discourse through their image or their solutions. At all scales, art becomes a vector of citizen mobilization and invents new forms of democracy and living together.

With Chen Feng and Mu Wei, architects and co-founders of Natur Wuhan (CHN), Anton Polsky a.k.a. MAKE and Igor Ponosov, Partizaning (RUS), Marco Kusumawijaya, urbanist/activist, Rujak (IDN), Carolina Caycedo, artist/activist, Descolonizando La Jagua, Rios Vivos Movement and Asoquimbo (COL), Matthew Biederman, artist, Arctic Perspective Initiative / Changing Weathers (SI), Flannery Patton, Alliance of Artists Communities (USA) and Sithabile Mlotshwa, Artistic Director of Thamgidi Foundation and IFAA Global (NL).

Animated by Marie Fol, DutchCulture / TransArtists (NL) and Sophia Lapiashvili, GALA- Green Art Lab Alliance (GE).

This round table is organized within the framework of the ArtCOP21 professional workshop (December 3 and 4 at the Gaîté lyrique).


2:30 p.m. – The cultural sector, a driver of sustainable development

In English and streamed

How can the cultural sector contribute to the major societal challenges of our century? Based on the results of two days of workshops that brought together 130 professionals from all over the world to share solutions in the sector, the best international initiatives on the subject are devising a common declaration to strengthen the cultural sector’s commitment to sustainable development.

With Patrick Degeorges, Philosopher and chargé de mission at the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy), Jordi Pascual, Coordinator of Agenda21for culture and UCLG (ESP), John Crowley Team Leader of the SHS Sector at UNESCO (UK), Sacha Kagan, Founder and Coordinator of Cultura21 (DEU), Alison Tickell, Director of Julie’s Bicycle (UK) and Diane Dodd, Regional Coordinator for Europe at IFACCA (AUS).

Moderated by Cees De Graaff, Director of DutchCulture, Center for International Cooperation (NL).

The round table is organized within the framework of the ARTCOP21 professional workshop (December 3 and 4 at the Gaîté lyrique).


5pm – Face to face with George Steinmann, artist (CH).
Moderated by journalist Lydia Ben Ytzhak.

In English and streamed


2:30 p.m. – The Power of Fiction: Imagining a Future

In French and streamed


In a present shaken by the irruption of an uncertain future, our society is forced to integrate the question of its own story, to tell itself in order to build itself and better decide its future. Fiction is transformative, it sketches the worlds we know and those to come. Science fiction, literature, speculation, poetry, tinged or not with catastrophism, are ways of densifying reality and feeding new stories.

With Fabrizio Terranova, writer and teacher-researcher in speculative narration (BEL), the collective Hehe, artists (UK and DEU), Anaïs Tondeur, artist (FR), Emilie Notéris, writer (FR), David Lescot, author and director (FR).

Animated by Emilie Hache, Philosopher, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre (FR).


17h – Face to face with Dalibor Frioux, writer (FR).
Moderated by journalist Lydia Ben Ytzhak.

In French and streamed


2:30 p.m. – The Arctic Is Paris- Expanding the Conversation

In English and streamed

Carte blanche to the artist Mel Chin and the writer Gretel Erlich for their project Arctic Is Paris.

The Arctic and Antarctic are territories that are a symbol of the unification of international citizens and embody all the desires of humanity, spreading a message of the future to future generations. But these pristine territories are also vulnerable spaces where the effects of climate change are already clearly visible, from melting ice to population displacement. This event includes film screenings and the presentation of traditional artifacts from the Arctic and Pacific Islands.

With Mel Chin, artist (USA), Gretel Erlich, writer (USA), Jens Danielsen and Mamarut Kristiansen, elite hunters from Greenland, representatives from the Pacific Islands, a Nuuk interpreter. Moderated by Neal Conan, journalist (LBN).

The first part of this event is presented on December 2nd at La Générale.

2:30 p.m. – Collective intelligences and digital utopias

In French and streamed


How to make fire with a gum wrapper? Do trees form a universal network that can compete with the Internet? What is the beast that humanity breeds around itself? How to power a smartphone without a power source? How to share your life with someone else? Do we have to become schizophrenic to keep up with the acceleration of technology? Researchers, artists and experts in survival, propose interventions around the themes of the film World brain by Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin.

With Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin, artists, researchers and directors of the film-essay World Brain (FR), Pierre Cassou-Noguès, philosopher and writer (FR), Julien Imbert, graphic designer (FR), Emmanuel Ferrand, mathematician (FR).


6pm – screening of the film “World Brain” in partnership with Arte

Le 19h19 du Plateau Média: Melting pot (program on food)
Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are… Once a month, just after the locavore meeting of the Ruche qui dit Oui! Melting Popote puts its pot on the boil. In it, the guests throw out their thoughts about food in all its forms.


2:30 p.m. – The race for technological innovation

In English and streamed


In this period where everything is accelerating, artists take the time to critically examine the race to technological innovation, to deconstruct the mechanisms of its discourse and to experiment with its tools.
With researchers and scientists, they question the technical argument too often put forward as the only solution to climate change, alert us to the lack of democratic control over geoengineering projects, and develop projects that look differently at technology – open source, technical detour, social hacking …

With Renewable Futures: Rasa Smite and Raitis, artists and co-founders of RIXC (LVA), Cédric Carles and the Paleo-energetic Laboratory (FR) and Yacine Ait Kaci, artist (FR). Moderated by Andrew Simms, COP21 correspondent for the Guardian (UK).


5pm – Face to face with Shaun Gladwell, artist (AUS).
Moderated by journalist Lydia Ben Ytzhak.

The 19h19 of the Plateau Média: MKS Room (Make Sense) special climate

MKS Room mixes live performances by new artists and debates on art and social entrepreneurship. Through music and culture, the mission of the event is to promote collaborative forms of entrepreneurship and make them available to all.


2:00 p.m. – Language as a battlefield

In English and streamed



To name is to give emphasis to thought, and words shape reality. While States are negotiating hard to remove or keep a word in the final agreement, some terms seem to dominate the debate without being questioned: innovation, growth, universal, adaptation…. The meeting, punctuated by performances, takes the form of an attempt at decontamination to counter the hegemony of language and questions the realities that hide or reveal our discourses.

With Heidi Q and the “Bureau of Linguistical Reality”, artists (USA), Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot, artists, (FR), Nathalie Blanc, researcher and David Christoffel, from La Maison des Ecrivains et de la Littérature (FR), “Writers for the climate”. Moderated by Shannon Jackson, Director of the Center for Research in the Arts at Berkeley University, (UK).

The 7:19 PM of the Media Plateau: *di*/zaïn

The *di*/zaïn evenings aim to encourage exchanges between designers, artists, architects, cultural institutions, agencies, companies, schools and anyone interested in the creative process.


3pm – Rebuilding the Commons

In English and streamed


Talking about ecology rather than economy is a way to anchor our initiatives and situate our projects in a territory in order to make it alive and perpetuate it. It is in this perspective that new alliances are emerging to protect our “commons”. Whether it is air, rivers, or knowledge, the commons are not only “goods” to be respected. Inextricably made up of humans, non-humans and the practices that bind them, they help us build another political and economic model to face the ecological crisis.

With Jeremy Leggett, scientist and activist (UK), Michael Pinsky, artist (UK), Alex Hartley, artist (UK), Allison Akootchook Warden, activist representing Alaska Natives (USA), Juan Carlos Sanchez, former IPCC member and Nobel Peace Prize winner (VEN). Moderated by Patrick Degeorges, Philosopher, in charge of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (FR).

6:00 pm – Closing ceremony of the Creative Parties Conference and ArtCOP21.

In the presence of official representatives of culture and COP21, institutional partners of ArtCOP21, the philosopher Dominique Bourg (CH) and the Filipino artist Nikolo Salazar (with the support of the French Embassy in the Philippines).



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