CONTOUR 7, the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium have the pleasure of inviting you to the Utopia & Europa Salon on October 7, 2015 in Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen. This salon will be a first in a series of three salons to be organized within the context of CONTOUR 7, a Moving Image Biennale in Mechelen. The following dates are October 14 and October 28, speakers and theme for these salons will be announced in a separate communication.
CONTOUR 7 is dedicated to the humanist and statesman Thomas More, who died a martyr and was the author of the most debated book in political theory, Utopia. The Utopia & Europa Salon is symbolically tied to the questions at the heart of Utopia and is organised in the physical proximity of the first and third edition of More’s Utopia, which are presented in the exhibition spaces of CONTOUR 7.
Each salon will take place in a specially designed environment and will be structured around either a group of panel presentations or a keynote lecture, in both cases, followed by a debate with the participants in the audience. The central question the salon addresses is the role of artists, writers and thinkers in Europe today. How do their utopian ideas form an essential contribution to the realisation of the common good? And how do they contribute to Europe’s search for a contemporary narrative?
The salon is located in the underground exhibition area of Hof Van Busleyden, where you will also be able to visit the regular program of CONTOUR 7, a Moving Image Biennale, including the Fooling Utopia Library.
The Utopia & Europa Salon is organized also in the framework of the European Commission's New Narrative for Europe actions with a focus on young people in countries of the European Union. New Narrative for Europe is an initiative that engages the cultural, scientific and artistic sectors in the ongoing discussion on the many narratives on Europe.
More information: www.ec.europa.eu/culture/policy/new-narrative/index_en.htm
UTOPIA & EUROPA SALON - OCTOBER 7 2015
“ON THE QUESTION OF GOOD COUNCIL TO THE POWERFUL”
Luuk van Middelaar – political philosopher
Fabrice Hyber – contemporary visual artist
Ingo Niermann – writer, novelist and artist
Chus Martínez – curator, art historian and philosopher
18:30 – 20:00
Utopia & Europa Salon #1 with Luuk van Middelaar, Fabrice Hyber and Ingo Niermann, moderated by Chus Martínez, introduction by Nicola Setari
At Hof van Busleyden, the Moving Image Biennale CONTOUR 7 will be exceptionally open for visitors starting from 17:00
Hof van Busleyden – Frederik de Merodestraat 65, Mechelen
IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT WWW.CONTOUR7.BE/EN/UTOPIA-EUROPA-SALON-1
MORE INFO AT WWW.CONTOUR7.BE
Disclaimer: the Utopia & Europa Salon #1 will be filmed and possibly published on the websites of CONTOUR 7, the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium