This programme aims to create an interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange between research and art practices around questions concerning the invention of forms of representation in the age of globalisation. The primary goal of this programme is to interrogate conventional modes of knowledge production that, by and large, marginalise the arts and their heuristic properties, in social science and humanities. Our intention is to stimulate a debate addressing all aspects of collaboration between artists and the academic world. We look for artistic and intellectual responses to the emerging and existing tensions at the age of globalisation.

In a context of globalisation, in which goods and people continuously intersect with one another, artists and intellectuals share the need to highlight the contradictions and new connections between these intersections and create better forms of representation. They also share the need to go out from well-known intellectual comforts and formulate unedited theoretical and methodological propositions. Our objective is to stimulate a collaboration between academia and different artistic streams, active in France and abroad, aiming to challenge traditional methods and academic discourses around the following themes: identity, collective entity, the individual, mobility, the social role of money and notions of beauty. We are particularly interested in topics that have emerged in response to the fractures created by the expansion of the western world, and specifically in forms of resistance to mainstream manifestations of the current globalised world. Our hypothesis is that the age of globalisation all points of human interaction create some unedited ‘forms’ that ask for new investigations. Artistic creations are the ‘ideas’ and the ‘objects’ through which the ‘real’ is imagined, represented, reproduced, projected, described etc. Accordingly, they should play a central role in the (re)production of contemporary societies and become more central in academic practices. With ‘forms’ here we refer to analytical tools of interpretation for the construction of a system of analysis, abstraction and data collection in research and teaching.