The artist as a stakeholder, UNESCO colloquium of June 8, 2004

The artist as a stakeholder, UNESCO colloquium of June 8, 2004

Two of the co-founders of COAL, organized on June 8, 2004 the international conference “The Artist as a stakeholder” at UNESCO: Alice Audouin, then marketing and communication director of Novethic and Lauranne Germond, then director of consulting at MPG Art (now Havas Art).

On the occasion of this conference, they jointly conducted the first research of artists on the theme of sustainable development and published a catalog.
Of course, since then the list of artists has grown considerably and some of the names chosen at the time are no longer as relevant today.
More than 200 people attended the symposium, which marked the first dialogue between three separate worlds: NGOs, businesses and artists, on the question of current environmental and social issues.
The intervention of the YES MEN was not without criticism on the structure of the conference itself, which involved companies!

Participants in this symposium led by Alice Audouin:

Simon Retallack, IPPR (England); Cornis van der Lugt, UNEP.

Artists (visual artists)
Amy Balkin (USA); Stephan Barron (France); Gaëlle Braun (France); Peter Fend (USA); James Marriott & Jane Trowell PLATFORM (England); Nicolas Milhé (France); Sven Pahlsson (Norway); Dan Peterman (USA); Daniel Pflumm (Germany); Alexis Rockman (USA); Yann Toma (France).

Businesses and advice
Fouad Benseddik, VIGEO; Paul Carriot, FRANCE TELECOM; Elisabeth Delorme, Fondation GAZ DE FRANCE; Jacques Hayward, VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT; Hélène Roques, ACCOR; Robert Rubinstein, BROOKLYN BRIDGE (Netherlands).

NGOs and experts
Jacques-Noël Leclerc, AMNESTY INTL; Philippe Lévêque, CARE; Thanh Nghiem, WWF; Michèle Rivasi, GREENPEACE

See the presentation of the conference:

See the program:

See the catalog of artists created for the occasion:

See the abstract of the symposium:


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MOOC Art and Ecology
Meeting between Andrea Olga Mantovani and Baptiste Morizot

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