Traditionally, a council is a group of people who gather to take decisions for both themselves and for those they represent. Councils operate across cultures and at many levels of society including families, schools, trade unions, corporations, governments, and religious communities. Our Council assembles people and knowledge from the arts, sciences and civil society in order to foster new understandings of societal issues. It does this in a variety of ways.

Most of our work to date has involved developing long-term ‘inquiries’ that address political, social and environmental issues. Within these inquiries, we curate exhibitions and public programmes, and commission new works and texts by artists, researchers and activists. Alongside these activities, we established a fellowship programme for artists and cultural producers who instigate social change through long-term initiatives.

Founded as a not-for-profit organisation in 2013, Council is based in Paris, but the team and our partners are international. We are currently developing projects in Bangladesh, Belgium, Colombia, Greece, France, Norway, Russia and the United States.

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Deaf Experience and the Transformation of Hearing

Productions

WITHIN / Infinite Ear

Dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human.

Productions

Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18: On Becoming Earthlings

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Deaf Knowledge and the Transformation of Hearing

Inquiries
TACET
  • – with:
  • Bassem Abdel Ghaffar, Tarek Atoui, Hansel Bauman, Bless, Wendy Jacob, Jeffrey Mansfield, Noé Soulier, Inigo Wilkins
  • *
  • workshop, online essay, exhibition
(Since 2013 — Sharjah, New York, Washington, Bergen)

On the institutionalization of sexualities and bodies.

Productions
Deseos / رغبات
  • – with:
  • Carlos Motta
  • Maya Mikdashi
  • *
  • video
  • initiated during the inquiry
  • "The Manufacturing of Rights"
(2015 — Beirut, Suesca, Bogotá)

To measure the anthropocene

Inquiries
On Becoming Earthlings
  • – with:
  • Alexander Klose, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Laurens Otto
  • *
  • public event, online essay
(2015/2017 — Paris, Dhaka)

On the changing nature of Nature in contra naturam law

Inquiries
The Manufacturing of Rights
  • – with:
  • Marwa Arsanios, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Youmna Makhlouf, Maya Mikdashi, Carlos Motta, Karim Nammour,
  • *
  • public event, online essay
(2014/2016 — Beirut)

Council brings together a laboratory for artistic research (the inquiries), a program for the production of artworks, and a fellowship. These activities construct a network of people and institutions linked to the arts, the sciences and social engagement. Located in Paris and on the Internet, in 2015 Council is welcomed to Beirut, Bergen, New York and Dhaka.

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