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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You are on the home page of Council’s inquiries. The inquiries aim to provide, by means of the arts, more complex and effective descriptions of societal issues.
Formulated around discussions with actors in civil society, these issues are honed through fieldwork and the constitution of a pluridisciplinary team. After this initial stage, “researchers” meet to participate in seminars, workshops and other situations, intended to foster a composition between their various practices. The inquiries are made public via an online essay accompanied by various events and exhibitions, and disseminated through artistic, scholarly, scientific and activist networks. These inquiries also give rise to artistic productions which would otherwise not come into being.

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)

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)

To measure the anthropocene

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