The delegations are coming to Amandiers first test of AIME inspired geopolitics: the Parliament of Things assembled. pic.twitter.com/oyc2OxCohJ— AIME (@AIMEproject) 26 Mai 2015
All the delegations are struggling with how to escape the cartographic hegemony the theatre display help them escape pic.twitter.com/xfb4yQIAVH— AIME (@AIMEproject) 26 Mai 2015
Access to the live feedback of the Amandiers simulation of alternative climate conference is available on http://t.co/Ku94DXGFYl— AIME (@AIMEproject) 27 Mai 2015
The first plenary was historical because the mere fact of hearing Forest before France or India before Indigenous people modified politics.— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
Today hard negotiations start because states & non-states both realize none of procedures are adequate for new forms of shared sovereignty— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
The historical novelty is that delegations at plenary presented positions without once using the words nature, global or world government— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
Deprived of the usual illusions of globe -market, world government, nature- delegates had to begin imagine overlapping & divided loyalties.— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
Suddenly nation-states look like useful but slightly archaic phenomena, but so look the illusions of the global here a new geopolitics opens— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
Delegations break down & each of the entities forming them look for friends recomposing territories under new labels pic.twitter.com/8n97FRn9Oc— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
For FIC.POL too the simulation is amazing, students don't play. They are the various chosen roles and they renew politics because of fiction— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
The great thing is that they invoque none of the divinities of the globe: market, nature, science, world gov, so that they have to negotiate— AIME (@AIMEproject) 29 Mai 2015
Suddenly delegations discover how impossible it is to have state and non state actors having the same footing without deep changes in law.— AIME (@AIMEproject) 30 Mai 2015
We still don't have the final text of the agreement but there are several initiatives in international law that are crucial to the real COP.— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
By coincidence, Mrs Royal the minister of environment today is also protesting against the format of the COP and asking to repoliticise it.— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
For AIME the most interesting result is that assembling state and non-state actors appeared as pure common sense to participants & visitors— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
The failure is that non-state actors lacked skills to visualize the territories overlapping those of states in non continuous manner— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
In an instance of http://t.co/vhAERmsIRw it's clear that networks don't have neither legibility nor legitimity: this is the blocking point— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
Jan Zalaciewicz of Anthropocene fame had no difficulty comparing our failed efforts to the quality of geological maps able to show overlaps.— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
Nation-states territories are just four centuries old at most, the alternative cartography for non-states is still to be invented: anyone?— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
The key advance to be made for politics is connecting networks with geopolitics in a legible fashion: then to understand divided sovereignty— AIME (@AIMEproject) 1 Juin 2015
An experience never done before will take place on May 29th, 30th and 31st at Nanterre-Amandiers. A political, diplomatic, scientific, pedagogical and artistic experience.
200 students from all over the world will take part in a simulation of the international conference on climate change, the COP21 in front of an audience for 3 days. The real COP21 will take place in Paris, at the end of November and beginning of December. It will be a major deadline in our race against the clock to counter the increasingly rapid changes that our planet is now facing.
Implemented within the framework of “Make It Work”, a set of initiatives taken by Sciences Po in relation to the preparation of COP21, this project is set between the boundaries of political action and artistic creation. This won’t be about faking, even less about mocking what such a conference could be. This will really be about acting: acting in order to understand, to take action and to transform.
These conferences on climate change have accumulated a terrible delay for the past 20 years, in regards to the urgency of climate deterioration caused partly by our CO2 emissions. This lethal ineffectiveness is a consequence of the enormous complexity of issues in play, as well as the formats of such international negotiations meant to deal with these issues. The “Théâtre des Négociations” considers the multiple aspects of these two obstacles, basing itself on real topics and modalities of negotiations. However it chooses to experiment transfers and transformations leading towards an exit strategy from the current deadlock we have come to. In our days, every big university in the world uses a pre-enactment device where students reenact real situations in order to highlight what is at stake and the meaning behind them. With this “pre-enactment” in mind, Make It Work/ Le Théâtre des Négociations renews this new practice in a clearly interrogative and transformative goal. However, contrary to what happens in real climate conferences (and in university reenactments), the “Théatre des Négociations” will be open to the public, offering several modalities of interactions with the negotiators, as well as access to numerous informative documentation on the topic.
This project takes its origin in the belief that the failure and procrastination of these conferences on climate change are the consequence of representation issues: representations of the problems at stake and representations of the differents communities of people and beings on earth involved in such UN conferences. To represent is also at the base of theater, and it seemed appropriate to work with and within a theater, its structure as well as its environment, to rethink the machinery of a procedure in charge of no less than every life form on earth. A tragedy is at play, and what better place to address it?
Make it Work/ Théâtre des Négociations was conceived by SPEAP (Programme d’expérimentation en art politique de Sciences Po), around Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati, around Laurence Tubiana and Mathilde Imer, in relation to the Make It Work group of Science Po. It is implemented by Philippe Quesne and the entire team of Nanterre-Amandiers and the architect collective Raumlaborberlin, with the help of Parsons School of Design and the Ecole nationale d’architecture de Paris-Malaquais, IDDRI (Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales) and CliMates.
The opening an closing ceremonies will be in French with English subtitles. The conferences will be held in French with no subtitles.
The language chosen for the negociations is English.
5pm Doors open
5:30pm-7pm Conference by Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, historian - A political hisory of CO2
8:30pm Opening ceremony
00pm Doors close
1pm Doors open
2pm-3:30pm Conference by Violaine Sautter, geologist - In the secrets of the rocks
4pm-5:30pm Conference by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, artist and cineast - Anticipation garden and cinema
6pm-7:30pm Discussion between Tobie Nathan, psychologist, and Francois Deck, artist. - Displacement experience, changing place, changing destiny.
8pm-9:30pm Discussion between Eduardo Viveiros De Castro, anthropologist,and Vinciane Despret, philosopher - Co existing in a plural world
10pm Open air cinema
00pm Doors closed
The negotiations carry on all night long
1pm Doors open
2pm-4pm Ratification of the agreement and speeches by delegations and Presidency
4:30pm-6pm Conference by Bruno Latour, philosopher - How to represent competing territories?
6pm Closing ceremony
10pm Doors close definitively
Library with many books on environmental issues
Installations made by the ENSAD students in André Malraux Park
Bar and Restaurant
Garden, picnic area...
Théâtre des Amandiers, Nanterre. URL: http://www.nanterre-amandiers.com/2014-2015/make-it-work-le-theatre-des-negociations/