PublicDemoS

Public Space Democracy : Performative, Visual, Normative and Global Dimensions of Politics

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« La singularité quelconque, qui veut s’approprier de l’appartenance même, de son propre être-dans-le-langage et décline, pour cette raison, toute identité et toute condition d’appartenance, tel est le nouveau protagoniste, ni subjectif ni socialement consistant, de la politique qui vient. Partout où ces singularités manifesteront pacifiquement leur être commun, il y aura un Tiananmen et, un jour ou l’autre, les chars d’assaut apparaîtront. »

Postface de Giorgio Agamben pour la traduction italienne de La Société du spectacle, Guy Debord, publié en 2008.

« While isolation concerns only the political realm of life, loneliness concerns human life as a whole. Totalitarian government, like all tyrannies, certainly could not exist without destroying the public realm of life, that is, without destroying, by isolating men, their political capacities. But totalitarian domination as a form of government is new in that it is not content with this isolation and destroys private life as well. It bases itself on loneliness, on the experience of not belonging to the world at all, which is among the most radical and desperate experiences of man. »

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism: Part Three of The Origins of Totalitarianism, Florida, Harvest Books, 1968, p.173.

Public space is the place for assembly of people, empowerment of persons. It is the hub of democracy as well as the manifestation of state power. PublicDemoS Project explores the ways in which new forms of public agency extend politics to everyday life experiences opening up avenues of artistic expressions and aesthetic forms. The core aim of this project is to renew democratic agendas by politics of performative citizenship and public making in multicultural settings.

Project directed by Nilüfer Göle

Financed by NOMIS Foundation and hosted by EHESS

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