Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, born in France in 1988, lives and works in Paris and Brussels. As an artist, he develops a "cinématière," a hybrid artistic practice that extends cinema into the realm of contemporary art. His works question digital identity, memory, the virtual, and explore the porous worlds of the image. His films have been selected for over 300 festivals, including Semaine de la critique - Cannes, Annecy, Slamdance and Clermont-Ferrand. In 2022, his film MAALBEEK was awarded the César for Best Short Documentary.
Due to the enormous transformation processes that society is currently undergoing, in our focus on democracy we explore which sociopolitical systems might take the lead in the world in the future. The question arises whether democracy is not increasingly decomposing itself democratically. What would this mean for society and the individual? Democracy seems to be the only practicable form of government for us in westernized countries. However, the majority of people today live in autocracies, for example.
Societies and individuals are confronted with the question of how far they are willing to accept freedom as the freedom of those who think differently, to quote Rosa Luxemburg, who formulated it so aptly 100 years ago. What would therefore have to change in order for the notorious social gap not to widen so much and for the majority of humanity to be able to live together in a more peaceful and civilized way? What role can and should creatives play as portraitists, chroniclers and critics of our time or as visionaries with a view to a possible future within processes of change? What form of society would be right for them and in their eyes?
Experts, thinkers and creatives will discuss these questions live in a panel and with the audience. Dr. Mariana Bozesan will give an introductory keynote on the topic. Afterwards, Dr. Mariana Bozesan, Dr. Emilia Roig, Prof. Dr. Stefan Brunnhuber and Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis will discuss live in a panel and with the audience.