Jean-Marc BesseThis autumn, Opera Mundi inaugurates its new season of conferences 2021-2022 by giving carte blanche to the philosopher and landscape historian Jean-Marc Besse, director of research at the CNRS, director of studies at the EHESS and member of Géographie-Cités.

After a walking conference on the Vitrolles plateau on October 9, a series of conferences will take place on November 12 and 13 at the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur with the Italian architect and urban planner Paola Viganò, the literary historian and essayist Marielle Macé and the philosopher Joëlle Zask.

According to theoretical and practical approaches, these exceptional thinkers revisit the ecology of contemporary landscapes and propose new paradigms and biopolitical narratives for thinking about the habitability of the world. Two debates in the presence of the speakers will extend these conferences – Apero Mundi, Friday November 12, 7:30 pm and Saturday November 13, 6 pm.

Thinking from the landscape will continue from January to April with Estelle Zhong Mengual, Jeanne Burgart-Goutal, Alexis Pernet, Philippe Descola, Sébastien Marot, Romain Bertrand and Lucia Di Iorio (program in progress).

See the program of Opera Mundi’s “Thinking from the landscape” conferences

On Friday November 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm, Jean-Marc Besse will give a lecture dedicated to “Attention to the landscape”.

For Jean-Marc Besse, we live in places and travel through spaces that each time present singular physiognomies and appearances: we live in landscapes, which are themselves living witnesses of the transformations of the world. It is necessary to pay attention to the aspect of places, that is to say to landscapes. Not so much or only for aesthetic motivations. But also because the state of landscapes, or, if one can say, the appearance of appearances, affects human life on the individual as well as on the collective level.
Contemporary societies are experiencing, to varying degrees, a major environmental crisis, and sometimes massive destruction of their living environments. The landscapes are the witnesses of this damaged world. What can be then a thought, a word, an action, which would not only take into account the sensitive value of landscapes and their active power, but would start from them, would make their principle and their rule? What other story would the landscape allow us to tell?

Jean-Marc Besse’s conference is part of the cycle “Thinking from the landscape”, presented in partnership with the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the EHESS. It is preceded at 5:30 pm by a meeting between Jean-Marc Besse and the philosopher Guillaume Monsaingeon – Presentation of the review Les Carnets du paysage n°39 – La Marche

Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
20 bd de Dunkerque 13002 Marseille.

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