Artistic creation, cultural practices and sustainable development – IFORE Conference

Artistic creation, cultural practices and sustainable development – IFORE Conference

Within the framework of the European week of sustainable development, the IFORE proposes to shed light on the links between art and ecology. COAL is a partner for the elaboration of this day, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Directorate of Water and Biodiversity (MEEM/DEB), and other actors of the art world. This day of May 30 is part of a cycle entitled “For a shared culture of
open to a large public
entitled “For a shared culture of sustainable development”.

Changing behaviors to achieve sustainable development goals requires a transformation of society, primarily cultural. Indeed, culture modifies our representations, shapes the imaginary and the collective narrative(s).

The artistic practice, by weaving links between populations, favors the appropriation of environmental stakes, the resilience of territories, the resolution of conflicts of use… The aesthetic emotion touches the intimate and puts us face to face with the essential, with what exceeds us and with what it is our responsibility to protect. It sometimes takes over when the scientific arguments are no longer heard.


The morning will be devoted to reflections and testimonies of institutional, artistic, scientific and cultural actors.

In the afternoon, participants will be invited to live a sensitive, collective, artistic and engaging experience for sustainable development.

> 08h45 : Coffee reception
> 09:10 : Introduction. Nicolas Mourlon, Director of IFORE
> 09:20: Sustainable development, a question of culture: the policy in favour of the
sustainable development of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Olivier Lerude, MCC’s Deputy Senior Sustainable Development Officer
> 09:35 : Changing the way we look at and imagine things to build a new culture of nature.
Patrick Degeorges, philosopher, Water and Biodiversity Directorate (MEEM/DEB)
> 09:55 : Questioning the relationship between man and nature, through a few masterpieces from the Louvre Museum.
Emmanuelle Fournier, guide-lecturer
> 10:15 a.m.: Supporting connections between contemporary art, culture and sustainable development.
Lauranne Germond, co-founder and director of COAL
> 10:30 a.m.: Proposing culture-based solutions: the artists of the sustainable culture laboratory
– Renewing a dialogue with our soils through transdisciplinary collaboration. Collective of artists and scientists around the project Sols Fiction
– Putting the flood risk and the culture of the hazard into a narrative. Marie Velardi, artist
> 11:05 : Discussion with the audience
> 11:15 : Break > 11:35 : Art at the service of the transformation of territories
– “Stuwa”, a participatory contemporary art trail in a rural environment. Nathalie Berbett, director of the Sundgau tourist office, in Alsace
– Cultivate the city with its inhabitants. Thierry Boutonnier, artist
> 12:10 pm: Discussion with the audience
> 12:20 pm: Participatory art to mobilize for the climate
– “Maskbook. Art of change 21
– “Jemonde”, poetic and citizen exploration of the anthropocene. Maud LC
> 12:50 pm : Free lunch
> 2:15 pm: Three simultaneous workshops on engaging artistic practices for sustainable development: Stroll! Get involved!
– “Maskbook. Art of change 21
– Experience the discovery of form and composition through collage. David Labrousse, visual artist – “Jemonde”. Maud LC
> 17h00 : Closing ceremony

Download the program and register as soon as possible

Free admission within the limits of available seats with compulsory registration.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

House of the actors of sustainable Paris
21, rue des Blancs Manteaux. 75004 Paris
Access : Metro Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville

(c) Marie-Velardi, “Land-Sea (Venezia)”, 2014, pencil and watercolor on paper, 75 x 109 cm.

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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


    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.