Each year, Luma Days considers a theme linked to the preoccupations of the foundation and that can make a social impact. In May 2017, Luma Days #1 developed five Scenarios for a City in a bioregion. In 2018, Luma Days #2 exchanges were devoted to Hospitality, Searching for Common Ground.
The theme explored for this new edition refers to one of the major challenges of time: TOGETHER, a declaration of interdependence.
Why do we discuss interdependence today?
The concept of interdependence appeared in 1944 with the writings of the American philosopher and historian Will Durant, author of the first Declaration of Interdependence, a manifesto that claims the principles of equality and freedom as vectors of harmony. Over time, the notions of ethics, environment, ecology, have nourished the topic and its scope, as interdependence is not limited to the relations of human to human but of the human in the world, by taking into account the direct impact of the human imprint on the environment.
While collaborative structures have existed through-out time, the early 21st century brought a growing desire for interdependence, and the establishment of more concrete actions in this respect. In a « post-work » world, our way of living together and working together will be challenged. How can we balance the new interdependence between man and machine? How do we deal with governance, responsibly, and legislative and regulatory environment where these questions can be explored and resolved?
This year, the Luma Days will take place in the exceptional setting of the multi-platform knowledge-based exhibition: A School of Schools.
Starting on April 27 until May 26 2019, the exhibition becomes an inspiring counterpart of Luma Days #3 through the prism of design, revisiting a variety of educational strategies.
Curated by Jan Boelen — co-founding Artistic Director of the research program Atelier Luma — with Vera Sacchetti and Nadine Botha for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, it presents the work of over 90 artists and designers from around the world.
About Luma Days
Luma Days is a yearly forum of art and ideas. It brings together all the elements that compose Luma Arles’ program and kicks off the summer season with a week of public events, conferences, professional workshops, displays, and art installations. During Luma Days, the city of Arles becomes a center of gravity in the Mediterranean region, where local and international experts, scientists, artists, thinkers, and activists converge with the general public to share ideas and experiences around topical issues.
More info: http://www.lumadays.org/en