Season 3 October 20-30th 2011

The Council of Artistic Creation

The Council of Artistic Creation (CCA): a laboratory for cultural experimentation
The Council of Artistic Creation was established in January 2009 by the President of France. Following recognition of the great transformations undergone in the world of culture since the end of the nineties, we have decided to support these cultural experiments in the areas which appear to us to take priority both now and for the future:
1. Decompartmentalisation of artistic disciplines and opening up of the regions by means of cultural outreach
Projects in this field:
Imaginez maintenant ("Imagine now"), a manifestation on the national scale, the aim of which is to discover and raise awareness of creativity among young people across all the artistic disciplines and professions.
Plaine Commune, a study directed by Patrick Bouchain, aimed at picking up noteworthy people from artistic, cultural and social domains in the Plaine Commune agglomeration, and creating a network among them.
Paris Ouest Cultures – Colline des arts ("West-Paris Culture – hill of the arts"), which consists of forging links between the cultural institutions based on the Chaillot hill, in order to develop joint activities and to re-valorise this region of Paris to the benefit of all visitors: Parisians, residents of the greater Paris area and those from outside it.
La biennale de Belleville ("the Belleville Biennale"), devoted to contemporary art, sees its first year in the 19th and 20th arrondissements in Paris, and is modelled on similar art festivals in Kreuzberg, Berlin and Harlem, New York. It makes a kind of "distorting mirror" to the project of Paris Ouest Cultures.
Walls and Bridges, a series of events held in New York themed around the human and social sciences. All the events are presented in public fora and based on a thorough survey of American academics that aimed to identify what in contemporary French research would arouse their interest, with the critical objective of creating conditions for the establishment of real, fruitful dialogue.
Le méridien science-arts-société, ("The science-arts-society meridian"), which consists of an associated series of symbolic actions at various crossing points between the cultures of science and art.
2. What is culture for if not to counteract barbarity and to create social cohesion?
Projects in this field:
L’orchestre des jeunes DEMOS ("the DEMOS youth orchestra"), a three-year program of introductory teaching in classical music and orchestral training targeting 450 children mainly coming from the areas the most concerned by the urban politic of the Région Île-de- France.
Le Pont culturel méditerranéen, ("Bridging Mediterranean cultures"), a project for franco-algerian cooperation, led by the choreographer Abou Lagraa. This consists of creating the first contemporary dance company in Algeria, in collaboration with the National Ballet of Algeria.
3. Make digitisation the spearhead of cultural democratization and forge links between the real and the virtual
La Cinémathèque en ligne pour les étudiants ("the students’ online film library"), created in order to improve access to world cinema and to reach out to tomorrow’s film-fans, by means of an original digital platform.
The matching project in the real world being:
L’école de cinéma nomade ("the nomadic school of cinema"), a top-class cinema school whose objective is to widen the range of children going into cinema and to engage young talent coming from society’s margins.
Monet Numérique ("Digital Monet"). Within the remit of the Monet exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, this consists of a virtual tour and digital experience aiming to improve access to the work of art and the whole world of the museum specifically for a non-captive audience.
The matching project in the real world being:
Le Centre Pompidou mobile ("the moving Pompidou center"), creating an itinerant exhibition space of approximately 1 000m2 that will allow people far from the original works to have access to them.
Le site des arts vivants, ("the site of performance arts"), aiming to reach a large audience, will offer online videos of live performances in dance or theater, as well as lenghty interviews with emblematic figures in arts.
The matching project in the real world being:
L’opéra près de chez vous, ("the opera near home"), a study that aims to make opera shows watchable on large screens, live from the public scenes on the territory, whose mediation teams will be put to contribution.
This way of working obviously induces a cross-ministerial functioning. Culture concerns many ministries beyond the Ministry of culture: those of school and education, of higher education and research, of health, of national planning and development, of youth, of housing... The projects developped by the Council follow this logic.
Also, the economic crisis and the stagnation of the State finances call for the pursuit of other funding sources. The aim here is to create, between the public sector and private partners, a relationship respectful of the pluralism and the diversity of artistic expressions, but also to strive for a mutual enrichment of both sectors, so that culture may cross over to the world of economy and work. The actions of the Council observe this approach.
Lastly, as with any research laboratory, the regular appraisal of the projects is among our first concerns.

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The Villa Gillet

The Villa Gillet questions today’s world
A unique center of research and exchange in Europe, the Villa Gillet aims to broaden cross-discipline perspectives on contemporary culture at an international level. Artists, writers and researchers meet at the Villa Gillet to encourage public reflection on key questions of our time and to look inquiringly at the world we live in today. Dedicated to contemporary thought as well as artistic practices, for twenty years the Villa Gillet has been organizing conferences, debates, round tables, colloquia, theater productions, readings and live art performances. In 2001, the association created the festival of "Les Intranquilles", putting together readings, live art and circus, dance and theater creations.
In 2007, the Villa Gillet organized, with Le Monde des Livres, the first International Forum on the Novel, a major literary event which gathered 80 authors and critics from all over the world in Lyon for one week of forum, debates and round tables. This yearly event is organized in partnership with the radio station France Inter in co-production with Les Subsistances.
La Villa Gillet makes a point of combining historically defined trends in thought with a cultural approach through contemporary criticism and concerns. A place of international reference, the association has always held fast to the idea of creating a space in which to freely discuss the world of today.
The association is subsidised by the Région Rhône-Alpes, the city of Lyon and the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs and benefits from the aid of the Centre National du Livre and the Cultural Services of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”  Isaac Newton