An interview with Emanuele Coccia

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In the context of the “N-US Nature-Us”, the workshop organized by Ashtart and dedicated to five university students, a project which addresses the relationship between nature, art, and technology, we had the pleasure to meet Emanuele Coccia, Italian philosopher and Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris. *

Q: In your latest book Métamorphoses, you express the concept that the true subject of any metamorphosis is our own planet, where all living beings are nothing but a continuous recycling of changing bodies. How did you come up with this idea behind your book?


Digital Archives and new strategies of preserving and sharing culture

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It is a known fact that we are living in the era of “digital abundance” and that we are only taking the very first steps in what is still partly new to us. In the last two decades, we have observed an enormous amount of digitisation projects carried out in archival institutions. Digitisation policies have been defined with the aim of helping archivists to run successful projects, without harming the original material, and trying to serve users’ increasing demands for online access. …


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As a society, we recognize there are many issues today that undoubtedly require our attention. Amidst the rising need to develop creative solutions, social innovation is not only essential, but also gives us the ability to design a world we want to survive and thrive in. Using expansive ideas, we are able to transform the way we define society with the goal of moving towards compassion, equality and harmony. With a similar vision, the UN has created seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These goals, which range from ending hunger to climate action, are meant to contribute to the betterment of…


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From renovation to brand-news buildings, the creativity and the innovative push of architecture has no boundaries. Among the examples of the resourcefulness of this sector stands the initiative launched by Airbnb to support innovative projects or the ascent of shipping-container architecture. New ways of dwelling the private spaces of houses are catching on, as well as new ways of interpreting design itself. Those schemes mentioned above are not simply fleeting trends but rather tangible symptoms that a new culture -one that aims to tackle social, political, and ecological problems- is gaining a foothold in our lives.

The sustainable greenhouses by…


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© The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman

This World Environment Day inevitably leads to thoughts concerning the changes that have enormously affected our lives in the past few months. The draconian measures undertaken to stop the spread of the virus have fasted-forward us into a future in which a number of climate actions have been taken all at once. However, whilst the evidence would seem to suggest that recent restrictions on travel have led to a drastic drop in CO2 emissions, a number of authoritative sources have recently shown that the situation is far more complex. Notably, they argue that environmental sustainability is not so easily achieved.


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The impossibility of meeting others or going to see exhibitions due to the lockdown measures, persuaded institutions of the essential, imperative importance of digital culture.

Social distancing acted as a powerful push for the digital conversion of culture. Having to deal with the impossibility of offering cultural contents to the public in a “traditional” way, museums, institutions, and foundations resorted to social sharing. In other words, Social Media disclosed the vastity of this field of untapped potential.

Now the Web is literally overcrowded with virtual tours, live coverages, interviews, and featured contents. These are created and shared by arts galleries…


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During the Coronavirus emergency, even companies have rolled up their sleeves and tried to provide help in a number of ways. Some firms have converted their production to manufacture face masks, medical gloves, sanitisers, and respiratory ventilators. By practising Corporate Social Responsibility, companies can ‘do well by doing good’. They can earn profits and contribute to make the world a better place, at the same time. In other words, marketers can create Shared Value and simultaneously address crucial environmental and social issues.


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In his latest article, Alessandro Baricco claims that we are currently confronted with the first global emergency of the digital revolution. The peace of our lives is now much slower than usual. Society is paralysed and economy has come to a standstill. Perhaps, it is time to ask ourselves what are the global challenges we will be facing soon, and what is next.

It could be said that this situation, by forcing us to pause, is prompting us to reflect upon our individual choices, our lifestyles, and all those things we have always taken for granted, but seem so essential…


Concert halls are among the most fascinating cultural buildings ever, whether their stages have hosted memorable performances, or they are characterised by distinctive designs, beautiful on the eye. Some of them could be considered actual temples of music.
These halls accommodate a wide range of performance types, such as opera, classical orchestra, and ballet. Behind each and every concert hall there are unique architectural and design projects. Physics, engineering, and architecture are often involved in the process of conceiving and constructing these halls, as their joint forces are at the full service of music.

There are a number of concert…


Ever had that daydream about being accidentally locked into a museum overnight? With no way out until morning, you are free to spend the whole night browsing your favourite artists, fully immersed into a fascinating interior. Since forever, museums are considered magical places. To visit them when there’s almost no one in, being able to stroll around their empty rooms and aisles, is a really unique experience. Today, this experience is just one click away, as you can enjoy the MoMA’s collection, explore the Vatican Museums mesmerising rooms, or browse online your favourite artist’s pieces through the Google Art Project.

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