October 2017 Culture and Society

Read the articles selected in October 2017

La nuit rouge

by Laurent Joffrin

Source: Libération, 21 October


The October Revolution, whose centenary is celebrated in these days, shows how even utopias can be the place for nightmares. The great narration of a liberator revolution has become the history of a dictatorship which has changed the face of the world.

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En Russie, l’impossible mémoire

by Veronika Dorman

Source: Libération, 21 October

Twenty-five years after the end of the communist regime, Russia is on contradictory, not settled terms with the revolution yet, repeatedly mise en scène and falsified. If now the revolution is a taboo in its great mother country, we all have still to learn from history in reconciliation.

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Au Louvre, une autre Renaissance révélée

by Éric Biétry-Rivierr

Source: Le Figaro, 25 October


The Louvre is hosting an exposition dedicated to a group of Nordic artists, less known but of great talent, revealing the Renaissance splendor of François I kingdom through the simplicity and naturalness of the portraits of the royal family, which form the most important corpus of tables on French history from XVI century.

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“The Square”, la palme d’or qui bouscule le petit monde de l’art contemporain

by Eric Neuhoff

Source: Le Figaro, 18 October

Choosing as bullseye the conceptual art as explained by a museum curator, Ruben Östlund attacks the righteousness of contemporary art and our civilization, without sparing the good intentions and our clear conscience, with a pessimism turning out to be liberatory.

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“Global Times”, un porte-parole décomplexé

by Brice Pedroletti & Harold Thibault

Source: Le Monde, 15 October

Twenty years after Tiananmen, the new generations most educated and well-off in the Chinese society feel represented in the opinions of the Global Times, a party organ also published in English which intends to be a window opened to the Western.

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Bernard Shaw

by Fintan O’Toole

Source: The Guardian, 18 October


It’s always licit to ask ourselves why the poor are poor, but today the increasing socio-economic gaps make this question very much topical. The works by Bernard Shaw showed that poverty is not an issue of laziness or immorality, but a social problem.

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“Blade Runner 2049” is a flawed replicant

Source: The Economist, 6 October



The sequel to the original Blade Runner replicates the grey tone of the landscapes, characters and the whole post-apocalyptic galaxy, the same fogginess with existential vibrations, but all this atmosphere lacks an engaging narrative thread.

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Warum Band 37 der bisher beste “Asterix” des neuen Duos ist

 by Marc Reichwein

Source: https://www.welt.de/ ,19 October


In “Asterix and the Race through Italy” the Gallic couple crosses the peninsula in a race against Romans, Italics, and Barbarians, discovering a landscape where different people and idioms live together that already belong to Europe.

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Die Eröffnung: Europa, das Universum und der ganze Rest

by Andrea Diener

Source: http://www.faz.net/, 10 October

Books cross nations and have made Europe. Nothing strengthens the European project like a cultural exchange or chatting about the freedom of opinion. Books bring peace, market economy and constitutional democracy.

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Der Raum, das Licht, die Farbe, die Formen

by Bettina Wohlfahrt

Source: http://www.faz.net/, 4 October

Thousands of visitors are filling up the Gallery Karsten Greve in Paris for an exposition of 50 works by Giorgio Morandi, the Bolognese artist who concentrates in his still-life paintings centuries of research on the art space as a construction of light, colors, and forms, enclosing the whole world in his atelier.

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Luchino Visconti, chercheur du temps perdu

by Mathieu Macheret

Source: Le Monde, 11 October

A retrospective on Luchino Visconti by the Cinémathèque française does justice to the sense for the history which was a peculiarity of this great regisseur of the tragic, represented from Garibaldian Risorgimento to the industrial transformation like a tension between the old and the new world in a changing country.

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La féminisation de la médecine en pleine santé

by Éric Favereau & Édouard Caupeil

Source: Libération, 11 October

Once relegated to the generalist or labour medicine, women are numerous today among the hospital doctors. Although some positions are still a male reservoir, their presence under the 45 years old is more and more critical, and their growth is parallel with the increasing rights of the patients.

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He approaches the language as a connoisseur, a collector

Source: The Independent, 6 October


The writer Ishiguro has been praised for his work speaking a metaphysical skepticism in respect to the British empirical stance through a minimalist writing and a language he handles as a connoisseur, and whose precision and care turn out in depicting the indeterminacy and the illusion of the world.

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Les musées se réinventent plus intimes et vivants

by Christophe Averty

Source: Le Monde, 29 September



At the end of the classifications and hierarchies between the fields of knowledge and the art forms, at the time of the digital revolution, museums reinvent themselves as a concrete space, not cut out from the outside and inclusive, where body materiality and temporality are re-experienced when looking at a work.

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Quand les enfants écrivaient à Einstein

by Pierre Barthélémy

Source: Le Monde, 4 October


Cher professeur Einstein by Alice Calaprice is a collection of the correspondence exchanged by the father of the relativity theory with his young fans from all over the world, revealing some fresh aspects of his figure as a scientist.

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“The Florida Project” is a subtle film about poverty in America

Source: The Economist, 13 September



The Florida Project” tells those fringes of the American society that can’t be politically uttered. From the point of view of a child, this world where they all strain to pay their weekly rent is magic but real, and observed with a naturalistic style.

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Arte Povera’s radical simplicity

Source: The Economist, 3 October


The “Arte Povera” celebrates its 50th anniversary. Born as an artistic movement, so-called by Germano Celant who exported it on the international scene, it has been the Italian classical form of the fusion between art and life in a time of economic miracle and political unrest.

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Les utopies naissent dans les livres

by Simon Blin

Source: Libération, 25 September

The most important transformations of societies come from a few of books. The capacity to imagine a different future and to elaborate a project alternative to the dominant socioeconomic model changes the course of history, and when the ideal becomes a reality, it belongs to everybody.

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Europe’s academies ask: are we in a “post-truth” world?

by David Matthews

Source: Times Higher Education, 9 September

Europe’s academies are worried about “the loss of trust in science and evidence” and questions whether the shift to digital literacy and to consuming information online can undermine and influence how solid knowledge should be acquired.

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Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/

The Eu copyright framework intends to adapt to the way Internet has changed consumers’ access to knowledge, ensuring researchers a more transparent legal space where they can use research tools. A fair and sustainable remuneration of the right aims at protecting the development of European creativity.

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Yuval Noah Harari explore notre avenir

by Davis Larousserie

Source: Le Monde, 23 September

 A book written by a military historian outlines the socio-political consequences of the advancements in biotechnologies, in the artificial intelligence and data analysis. The augmentation of the psychophysical abilities of the human being and his reduction to a “biochemical algorithm” sketch apparently catastrophic scenarios.

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