At a time when many of us feel besieged by global warming, the threat of another economic crisis, the rise of far right discourses across Europe- or the mass extinction of natural species, it might seem futile to invest time, resources and attention to contemporary art. And yet, Régine Debatty argues, artists can play a valuable role in creating richer narratives around issues that tend to polarize society, using no other tool than their inquisitive mind, their skills in (ab)using new media and their critical attitude.
Régine Debatty’s talk on the TEDxPatras stage will zoom in on the subject of immigration and on the role that artistic scrutiny can play in stimulating discussions that leave space for empathy, mutual discovery and more nuanced debates. Could art we do not always value eventually save the world?
The speaker’s Who is Who…
Régine Debatty is a writer, curator, critic and founder of http://we-make-money-not-art.com/, a blog which has received numerous distinctions over the years, including two Webby awards and an honorary mention at the STARTS Prize, a competition launched by the European Commission to acknowledge “innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art”.
Régine writes and lectures internationally about the way artists, hackers, and designers use technology as a medium for critical discussion. She also created A.I.L. (Artists in Laboratories), a weekly radio program about the connections between art and science for Resonance104.4fm in London (2012–14), and is the co-author of the “sprint book” “New Art/Science Affinities”, published by Carnegie Mellon University.