Humanities & Arts
In the ancient Greek and Roman world, entire cities participated in the performance of hymns during religious festivals. These “cultural” and civic events were commissioned by the city‐state, and the hymns, including song, music and dance, were performed by a chorus of citizens. The genre
Power Struggle by Olga Kisseleva is a live battle between four anti-viruses commented by actor using the tone of an altercation or a political confrontation. Each anti-virus tries to destroy the other three, eradicating everything in the computer until there is only one left. The performance offers a beautiful metaphor for the struggle for power currently taking place between politicians, as unproductive as it is dangerous. The fight becomes visible to the spectators thanks to lines of code racing on the screen.
This project is proposed as a first step to establish a strong collaboration between the Aesthetics of Performing and Spectacular Arts Department (EsPAS) headed by Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau at the ACTE Institute, a joint research center between CNRS and Sorbonne Paris 1, and the Theater and Performance Studies Department (TAPS) headed by Jennifer DeVere Brody at Stanford University, a collaboration we intend to pursue over the years. This collaboration will involve several permanent researchers and postdoctoral fellows from these research departments.
Over the past decade there has been a rapid growth in the use of X-ray imaging techniques to study cultural heritage and related fields including art, archaeology and paleontology. Yet with the field still in its infancy there is a lack of communication and multidisciplinary in-depth interaction of the X-ray science and cultural heritage communities. With literally tens of thousands of heritage artefacts yet to be identified and studied the potential for the use of nondestructive X-ray imaging techniques, coupled to adapted data processing approaches, is tremendous.
Two Persian Gulf states, mainly Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have managed during the last decade to diversify their image in the West through culture. They are not anymore only associated to oil in the Western media. Besides a new regional contemporary art market based in Dubai, museums have been playing a major role in this process. The most publicized among them are the Louvre and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, based on partnerships with world-renowned American and French institutions: The Louvre Museum in Paris and the Guggenheim Foundation in New York.
This is a comparative cultural project that examines the evolvement of Paris in to the capital of the modern world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the city's treatment of its historic heritage in light of modernization: museums, monuments, and vernacular districts.
As one of the category of World Heritage, as the intervention between human and nature, cultural landscape has complicated geography and cultural background; under the influence of the socio-economic and political changes, evolving is one of the important features of cultural landscape, so the controversy and contradictions are always exist during the planning and management of site, such as the relocation of indigenous people, excessive tourism development, the loss of intangible cultural heritage, etc.
My research aims to explain the reasons and conditions of the renewal of the aesthetic reflection on the concept of “Imagination” in interwar France. Considering the different theories of imagination elaborated by authors such as Gaston Bachelard, André Breton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roger Caillois, and Armand Petitjean and their mutual relations, I wish to analyze the role of this complex and multifaceted notion in the cultural context of the period.
I researched the philosophy of Henri Bergson, the way in which it influenced American philosophers and the reception of Bergson's philosophy in the U.S. at the Library of Congress. This research culminated in an honors thesis which I wrote in the Philosophy Department and in a finalized English translation of Henri Bergson's Durée et simultanéité which I wrote as a thesis for the French Department.