October 2017 Culture and Society

Read the articles selected in October 2017

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, colours 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 in 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 scepticism 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. Through 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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