Conference “An ecological art?” at the French Institute of Athens

Conference “An ecological art?” at the French Institute of Athens

The French Institute of Athens is organizing on February 7th a “media platform” that will bring together different personalities to explore the links between art and ecology during an evening of exchange and discussion with committed participants. Designed by Vincent Cavaroc as a TV set, the media set will be broadcasted live on the internet to allow participation from anywhere.

Art & ecology media trays

Ecology is a matter of complexity, it designates the whole of the interactions which govern the living organisms, the relations which are deployed within the Earth ecosystem and which are at the same time complementary, competing and antagonistic. Its ramifications are broad and are not limited to the natural environment but encompass the social, economic, political and mental spheres.

Cultural actors are mobilizing in the face of the challenge of what some have called, at the turn of the 21st century, the Anthropocene, a term widely declined since (Capitalocene, Megalocene and many others) which designates a new epoch in the earth’s history where humanity, through its industrial activities, has reached the rank of geological agent. The challenges posed by this new era are numerous: climate change, sixth mass extinction of species, ocean acidification, general pollution, among others. In response to these problems, a culture of ecology has developed over the last few decades, which is illustrated by the birth of numerous cultural and artistic projects.

Media tray 1 – An “ecological” art?

07.02.2019, 19:30 | Café de l’IFG

The cultural treatment of ecological problems is expressed in particular in art, which is called “ecological” or “ecosystemic”, or even, more broadly, “environmental”. Faced with the ecological disaster we are facing, how can art intervene and bring about change? What are the approaches that contemporary creation adopts to respond to the emergency?

The points of view of artists and curators intersect to explore artistic practices committed to an ecological transition of societies.

With :

Nadja Argyropoulou | Independent curator, cultural project manager
Hortense le Calvez | Artist, co-founder of Forlane 6 Studio
Stamatina Palmou | Artist, founding member of Ecoart
Lauranne Germond | Exhibition curator and director of the association COAL

Marc Delalonde | Moderation

Institutional Partner | PCAI – Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative
Sponsor | Coneq

Media Tray 1: “An Ecological Art?”
February 7, 2019 – 7:30pm
IFG Café, Sina 31, Athens 10680, Greece
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Photo credit: Hortense le Calvez, Posidonia #3 (2014)

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  • About us
    About us

    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.

  • Projects

    Major projects linked to the major events in political ecology, in connection with natural or urban environments.

  • Artistic direction
    Artistic direction

    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.