What culture-based solutions can artists provide today to transform food territories and imagine the sustainable food of tomorrow?
New Gastronomies: Arts, Food, and Ecological Territories is the result of a program that reports food today through the prism of art and ecology. This program was created during a dedicated day, on December 8, 2021, at the International City of Arts in Paris.
Through more than twenty workshops, culinary experiences, artistic performances, and films, round tables have been organized to deepen the reflection around this theme. These discussions brought together farmers, scientists, peasants, artists, and promoters of cultural projects from Europe and elsewhere. Through this multiplicity of perspectives and this cultural diversity, the guests were able to discuss practices and demonstrate the potential of solutions based on the culture in the transformation of food territories.
Lauranne Germond, co-founder of COAL, and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, head of the cultural program at the International City of Arts, inaugurated the first of the conferences that punctuated the day before giving way to the first two guests.
Edouard de Laubrie and Nathalie Blanc were then able to discuss the world of art and the world of agriculture. As a result, they exposed to the audience the history of agriculture in art from the Renaissance to the most contemporary practices and, through multiple examples, affirmed the role of artists as transmitters of a new culture of nature through a multitude of senses.
Edouard de Laubrie :Head of collections and research, Edouard de Laubrie is also head of the “agriculture” collections center at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM).
Nathalie Blanc :She is Director of Research at the Scientific Research National Center (CNRS) and Director of the Centre des Politiques de la Terre. She was director of the UMR CNRS LADYSS (2014-2019) and is based at the University of Paris. Pioneer of ecocriticism in France, she has published and coordinated research programs on areas such as nature in the city, environmental aesthetics and environmental mobilizations. Founding member of the French portal of the Humanities Environment, she was also, from 2011 to 2015, the French delegate of the European research network COST “Investigating cultural sustainability” and is then delegate of the European COST program on new materialisms “How Matter Matters” (2016-2019). Among her recent research projects are CAPADAPT Supporting adaptation to climate change through citizen capacity building (ADEME-GICC 2017-2020) and CIVIC ACT on the intersections between socio-environmental inequalities and collective mobilization at the scale of Greater Paris (University of Paris-Sciences Po). She has published several books, such as: Les animaux et la ville, O. Jacob, 2000; Vers une esthétique environnementale, Quae, 2008; Ecoplasties. Art et environnement, Manuella, 2010, more recently Form, art, and environment: engaging in sustainability, published by Routledge in 2016. Nathalie Blanc leads and coordinates a project of LAB ArtSciences Le Laboratoire de la Culture Durable devoted successively to the urban soils of the Anthropocene (SOLS FICTIONS) and to sustainable food (The Table and The Territory) which gives rise to experiments in writing and exhibition.