Being alive

Art and natural heritage, the lungs of Bastia Corsica 2028

Art and culture play a fundamental role in raising awareness of environmental issues and sharing the implementation of concrete solutions to act against the various perils threatening the planet at the human or community level.

The ecological emergency and the Anthropocene are thus increasingly inspiring artists. The preservation of life and biodiversity is becoming one of the major subjects of contemporary artistic creation.

Bastia and Corsica are strongly affected by these issues, given the ecosystems they harbour, both on land and at sea: the Mediterranean is home to some of the richest biotopes in the world, but also the most threatened by aggression and climate change. By drawing on this rare natural heritage, the Bastia Corsica 2028 bid could open up a field of exploration and experimentation, between artistic creation and ecological awareness.

How could Corsica encourage the emergence of creative projects that bring sustainable values in relation to the island's natural ecosystems?

How to develop cross-projects between artists and researchers (residencies, artists' clusters)?

What partnerships could be built with other exemplary projects in Europe or around the Mediterranean basin? To what extent could the bid be a relay for the European Commission's Green Deal (a set of principles and measures designed to enable the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050)?

The stakeholders

Moderator

Vanina Pasqualini

Vanina Pasqualini is a University Professor in Marine Ecology at the University of Corsica since 2001, assigned to the Faculty of Science and Technology and to the Laboratory Sciences for the Environment (SPE) of the CNRS and the University of Corsica. She has held administrative responsibilities such as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (from 2009 to 2014) and Vice-President of the Commission for Training and University Life (from 2017 to 2019). She is the scientific leader of the structuring project "Management and development of water in the Mediterranean" within the Environmental Sciences Laboratory since 2014. Her research topics include the ecological restoration of Mediterranean lagoons.

Artist

Antoine Viviani

Director and producer, Antoine Viviani has directed several documentaries (for REM, Arcade Fire and video director Vincent Moon) and worked with video artist Pierre Huyghe. He created his own production company, Providences, with which he made his first films: "Little Blue Nothing" (2009), then "Fugues", a series of short films on classical music. In 2011, he produced and directed "In Situ" in co-production with ARTE, a feature-length documentary for Internet and cinema about artistic interventions in public space in Europe. For this film he received the DocLab Award for Online Storytelling at IDFA in 2011 and the Time Out Award for Best Urban Film at the Open City Docs Festival in London in 2012.