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Conversation #1 As part of Tino Sehgal’s “carte blanche” exhibition

"Objects: A state of things"
With: Barbara Carnevali, Barbara Cassin and Markus Gabriel

A cycle of three encounters in partnership with the French Institute, coordinated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel and Mathieu Potte-Bonneville.

Barbara Carnevali lectures at Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris where she is also a member of Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage. She was a fellow of Fulbright Fondation at University of Chicago, of Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris and of Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, New York. Her works intersect social philosophy, aesthetic and moral philosophy. At EHESS, she leads a research dedicated to the “social aesthetic”, covering the relationship between aesthetic and society, with a particular interest for social phenomena where the dimensions of appearance, sensibility and taste play a leading part. Another phase of the project focuses on the knowledge of the social world delivered by the arts. Her books include the monography Romantisme et reconnaissance. Figures de la conscience chez Rousseau (Genève, Droz, 2011) and the essay Le apparenze sociali (Les apparences sociales, Bologne, Il Mulino 2012). She is now working on the « tact » as a sense of practical normativity.


Barbara Cassin, research Director at CNRS, is a philologist and a philosoph, expert of Greek philosophy and works on what can words. Her last books include Jacques le Sophiste, Lacan, logos et psychanalyse (Epel, 2012); La Nostalgie, Quand donc est-on chez soi ? Ulysse, Enée, Arendt (Autrement, 2013); Sophistical Practise. Toward a consistent relativism (Fordham, 2014);  Eloge de la traduction. Compliquer l’universel (Fayard, nov. 2016). She directed Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies, Dictionnaire des intraduisibles (Seuil/ Le Robert, 2004), being translated into a dozen of languages, and she is currently working on an exhibition at MuCEM in Marseille, entitled “Après Babel, traduire” (Dec. 2016-March 2017). She is the winner of Grand Prix de Philosophie from Academie Française for Lifetime achievement in 2012 and the French Voices Grand Prize for the American translation of La Nostalgie in 2015.


Markus Gabriel holds the chair in epistemology, modern, and contemporary philosophy at the University of Bonn where he also is the director of the International Center for Philosophy. He is the author of more than ten books, two of which were international bestsellers. He is best known for his book Why the World does not Exist. In 2009 he became the youngest full professor of philosophy in Germany’s recent history at the age of 29. He is currently working on a book entitled Art in Itself.


Other conversations:

Monday November, 14:
" Presence: A state of play "
With: Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Céline Minard

Thursday December, 15:
" Experience: A state of mind "
With: Frédérique Aït-Touati, Vinciane Despret, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville


On 03/11/2016, from 7:30 p.m.

Visitors to the carte blanche to Tino Sehgal are welcomed to stay and visitors arriving any time after 8 p.m. should use the administrative entrance to the the left of the main entrance.


Until 10:30 p.m.


No tickets or reservations necessary.


With the support of