Palais de Tokyo hosted a performative conference about the Therapeutic Potential of Art
Palais de Tokyo, Paris The event initiated by Institut ACTE - Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.The Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation is a partner of the Palais de Tokyo under the umbrella of the Art & Society Circle.
On the 4th of May, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, hosted an interdisciplinary conference “In the Face of Natural Disasters, War, and Pandemics: What is the Therapeutic Potential of Art?”. The conference aimed to explore the new therapeutic functions of a work of art and the impact it can have in times of great challenges. The event fostered cross-disciplinary research involving art, aesthetics, sociology, art history, medicine, and neuroscience. Experts from various fields and speakers from leading global institutions explored how the contemplation of aesthetic objects affects the human body and improves mental health and well-being. The event was organized in the format of three panels: "How Can Art Fix the World?", "Art and War", "Art and Care", followed by a joint discussion. The conference will close with the video-performative section "Femmes Guerrières" of the Milky Way project. Discussions were important considering the initiative of the National Academy of Arts in running the project "Rehabilitation: Art Therapy" project, supported by The Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation and Art Support Fund.
a French writer and art critic, lecturer and curator at Palais de Tokyo, shared his experience on making mediation spaces inclusive through art. He covered what it means to be engaged in cultural mediation, how to find ways for engaging adult guests and children, and provide analytical work on issues to make the space available for people with disabilities. As he uncovered the ambitious plan, the mediation started in performance halls, and sometimes in hospitals, and in autumn, they will open a separate space for research in practice within the walls of the Palais de Tokyo.
the President of the Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation and honorary patron and ambassador of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, philanthropist for culture, healthcare and environment
the President of the National Academy of Art of Ukraine, and an artist himself, spoke about the challenges that Ukraine and the world had to face and the new mission of art as a tool for overcoming psychological trauma, as well as the creative freedom that is the root of art's therapeutic potential.
a representative of the Art Support Fund, Director of the M17 Contemporary Art Centre, DPhil in Cultural Studies, Advisor to the President of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, art consultant, art manager, curator and researcher, was focused on the role of art and the contribution of artists and the cultural sector to the victory of Ukraine.
a Sorbonne University graduate with a PhD in Arts and Sciences, talked about implemented and upcoming projects in her current role at the ERSTE Foundation for European Policy and Relations with Ukraine.
a journalist and art critic, a PhD in Arts, an associate researcher at the MICA, University of Bordeaux Montaigne Research Department, and also at the ACTE Institute, Paris І Pantheon-Sorbonne, provided results of her research and polls on the importance of art and how it can change the world for the better, and presented the book “How Art Can Fix the World?”.
a socio-anthropologist with a doctorate in economics, conducting research in sociology at Cetcopra (Centre d'Étude des Techniques, des Connaissances et des Pratiques) at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, referred to prominent artists, such as Olafur Eliasson and Marina Abramovic, who use art as a means of transforming the world and making a difference.
an architect, art researcher, founder of Carbon Art Residency and curator of the Carbon Community, spoke about the projects of the Carbon and her own experience of collaboration with Villa Arson.
Christelle Abou Jawdeh
PhD from the Sorbonne University of Paris, co-founder of Alamna, presented evidence and statistics on how artistic practices have affected people during disasters: earthquakes in Sri Lanka and China, conflicts in Lebanon, Vietnam, and other countries throughout history.
— the Therapeutic Potential of Art
Initiators and supporters
Institut ACTE - Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is a public research university located in Paris, France. It was created in 1971 and there are three main domains: Economic and Management Sciences, Human Sciences, and Legal and Political Sciences. Institut ACTE is a leading research unit focused on the theme of creation. The institute fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between art scholars and art researchers
The National Academy of Arts of Ukraine is a self-administered scientific organisation in the field of culture and arts, based on state ownership. The Academy supports the continuation of the glorious traditions of the Ukrainian people in the field of art, the science of art and culture, as well as art education. Founded in 1996, it has become a prominent institution for the artistic and scientific community of Ukraine.
The Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation has been established in 2014 as a private non-profit organisation that provides support to cancer patients, rewards and encourages leading medical and scientific professionals, promotes innovative prevention projects through a unique combination of knowledge, skills and decisive action, as well as implementing art in its healing effect on human health.