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Call for Applications: Arts and Society

UNESCO-MOST, International Year for Global Understanding (IYGU), Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH), World Humanities Conference (WHC) and Mémoire de l'Avenir launch a project and an open call designed to create a Global Movement of artists that can testify to the impact of the arts and artists in societies, and the importance of local initiatives on a global scheme. The goal of the project is to unite artists around the world in order to demonstrate the involvement and contribution of the arts in society. Art and culture are active agents in social, economic and political action. They speak to the solidarity between peoples, of their situations and ways of life, they have the ability to change mentalities and encourage action in every domain of society.

A demanding selection of artists' proposals from each of the 206 member states of the United Nations will compose a demonstration installation presented at the World Humanities Conference in 2017 in Liège, Belgium. Artists of all forms of expressions, fine arts, photography, film, music, performances, creative writing, poetry, numerical arts, architecture, culinary artists, are invited to create a short video (1 minute 30 seconds maximum), in which they express, in their native language, the role of artists and the arts in society. All the videos will be examined. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2016.

First step of the project: At least one video per country or dialect will be presented in the space of an installation at the World Humanities Conference (WHC) in Liège. Second step of the project: A larger selection of projects, together with the above first collection, will be also edited on line, constituting an active platform for the exchange of resources, witnessing the richness of cultures, ideas, engagements, expressions and actions. If in your work you question social or political challenges such as ecology, nature, science, education, labor, limits and borders, migration, urban space/ collective and individual memories, the fight against all forms of inequality and discrimination, living together, women or human rights of children, share it and send your videos to iygu.whc@memoire-a-venir.org, via Hightail or Wetransfer.

For more information, please visit www.memoire-a-venir.org/crbst_119_en.html