An expanded and federal Night of Ideas: debates and philosophy from Ushuaia to Tucumán
with the motto “(Re)build the common”, this year the Night of Ideas expands to eight cities in the country while it takes place simultaneously in more than one hundred points in Europe and America. The opening, on Thursday 27 at 5 p.m., will take place in ushuaia Y It will be the first time that the international meeting of critical thinking is held in the southernmost city in the world. Over two days, more than seventy Argentine and foreign intellectuals will give conferences and workshops open to the public in Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Rosario, Santa Fe, Mendoza, Córdoba, San Miguel de Tucumán and the Fuegian capital. As always, there will also be space for performance, music, art and literature.
Alejandro Katz, Beatrice Sarlo, Carlos Gamerro, Darío Sztajnszrajber, Silvia Hopenhayn, Diego Golombek, Miguel Rep, Pablo Semán, Alberto Rojo, the historian Ludovic Frobert, the French educator Sarah Al-Matary and the anthropologist and sociologist Baptiste Monsaingeon are some of the guests who will participate in different cities.
Promoted by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France and the French Institute of Paris and organized in Argentina by the local French Institute, the French Embassy, the general coordination of the Alliances Françaises and Fundación Medifé, The sixth edition of the Night of Ideas will take place Thursday and Friday between 5 and 11 p.m. with an extensive program of free face-to-face activities and some virtual proposals. The full program is now available on the Official site.
With the idea of extending the proposal to various parts of the country, the official inauguration will take place from the south of the south. At 5 pm, at the South Creative Pole (Gdor. Paz 836, Ushuaia), the event will begin with the participation of the Governor of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, Gustavo Melella; the French Ambassador to Argentina, Claudia Scherer-Effosse; and Daniela Gutiérrez, general director of Fundación Medifé.
At 5:30 p.m., also for the first time since the Night of Ideas debuted on the Argentine coast in 2017, the inaugural conference will be broadcast from the Marambio Base in Antarctica via streaming and can be followed on YouTube. Paul Fontana, doctor in History from the University of Buenos Aires and assistant researcher at CONICET, will talk about the work he has been doing since 2015 with the enhancement of Argentina’s Antarctic historical heritage.
Next, the photographer and curator Agnès Voltz will lead the talk “The expeditions of Dr. Charcot in Antarctica” about the expeditions of the Jean-Baptiste Charcot, pioneer of studies on climate change. The first day in Ushuaia will also present the performance “The tides: performance and cello concert”, by Malala Lekander and Sarah Ritter, with live music performed by Violeta García. At 8:30 p.m., at the Old Government House (Maipú 465), the exhibition will be inaugurated French expeditions in Antarctica, history and present of Franco-Argentine cooperation. On Friday, at 8 pm, Carlos Gamerro will present his book The cage of the Onas, at the South Creative Pole.
The Kirchner Cultural Center and the San Martín Cultural Center will be the two Buenos Aires venues. And on the side of the province of Buenos Aires, there will be activities in Tecnópolis. Each one has its own protocol for the entrance of the public: in the Cultural San Martín prior registration is required via the web while in the CCK there is space on a first-come, first-served basis and in Tecnópolis you have to present your health pass.
On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., in the Hall of Honor of the CCK, Diego Golombek will give the conference “Together and scrambled: what makes us human, reconstructed and common”. A regular at the Night of Ideas, the biologist will focus on the concept of “reconstructing the common” in terms of the body and the brain. On Friday, at 7 pm, in the same room, Cédric Durand will speak on technofeudalism together with Julián Varsavsky and Mariana Heredia.
At the Cultural San Martín, meanwhile, there will be French film screenings, art installations and talks. On Thursday, at 7:00 p.m., in the dry square of Sarmiento 1551, Ludovic Frobert, Alejando Galliano, Omar Acha and Christophe Giudicelli will debate about rethinking utopias in pandemic times. And at 9:00 p.m. Luisa Valenzuela and Silvia Hopenhayn will hold a “playful conversation” about the resignifications of the common in literature. On Friday, meanwhile, at 6:30 p.m., in Room A, Alicia Ovando and Teresa Téramo will give a workshop based on the documentary The other river. Rafael Alberti and his Argentine exile, written and directed by Ovando.
In Tecnópolis, the activities are concentrated on the second day of the Night of Ideas. On Friday, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a panel on migration and identity with the participation of Alejandra Korstanje, Leticia Cortés, Christophe Giudicelli, Cédric Robion and Rep. At 8:00 p.m., in the Nave de la Ciencia, there will be a screening Curve 90, by Robion, a French documentary filmmaker who lives between Paris and Buenos Aires.
Mar del Plata, where editions of the Night of Ideas have already been held before the pandemic, has as a strong point (and surely, a great call) the talk between Darío Sztajnszrajber and Soledad Barutti: “The common, a deconstruction”, on the esplanade of the Mar Museum, on Friday at 9:00 p.m. Before that, at 7:30 p.m., Silvia Hopenhayn will offer the performance “Repair for friendship”.
In several of the participating cities, the activities will take place at the Alliance Française headquarters. In the city of Córdoba, for example, different performances can be seen on Thursday, from 8:00 p.m., at the Alianza located in Ayacucho 46. There, at 9:00 p.m., Ezequiel Fernandez Moores will talk with Gustavo Farías about “sport in the recovery of the social bond”.
At the Alianza Francesa de Mendoza (Chile 1754), on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Luis Acuña and Christophe Pognat will talk about the process of creating the educational play material “Pedagogical Suitcase”, about the original cultures of South America: the Huarpe culture and the Inca Culture. And at 8:30 p.m., the exhibition of illustrations “Cultures originating in South America: Huarpes, Incas and Guaraníes” will be inaugurated.
At the Alliance Française in the city of Santa Fe (Bv. Gálvez 2147), on Thursday at 8:00 pm, Alejandro Katz will give the conference “Urban Towns: Rethinking the Logics of Public Space”. And at 10 p.m., at the corner of Lavalle and Boulevard Gálvez, Beatrice Sarlo will lecture on “Culture and politics in cities.” At the Rosario headquarters (San Luis 846), the poet Beatriz Vignoli will present the talk “Rendezvous de rêves”, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
In Tucumán there will be artistic interventions, talks and projections in the House Museum of the City (Av. Salta 532) and a tribute to mercedes sosa, which will be broadcast on YouTube, recorded for the 205th anniversary of Independence at the San Martín Theater in Tucumán.