Cultural Agenda

Cultural Program

France-Atlanta is here, celebrating this year the 10th anniversary of our annual series of events! Created by the Consulate general of France in Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology, France-Atlanta is centered on innovation to promote French-American cooperation in the fields of culture, science, humanitarian affairs and business. The cultural program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Antenna Atlanta and its American partners to foster creative exchange between artists and researchers on both side of the Atlantic, began with the exhibition Mies van der Rohe at Georgia Tech.

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Exhibition | August 28- October 18 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Georgia Tech | Stubbins Gallery: 245 4TH St NW Lecture by BAST | October 23 | 4:00pm | Georgia Tech | Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium: 245 4TH St NW

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe.
The prestigious award went to the French Lacaton & Vassal architectes, Frédéric Druot Architecture, and Christophe Hutin Architecture for their Grand Parc Bordeaux transformation project of 530 apartments in France, and the French Toulouse-based BAST – Bureau Architectures Sans Titre won the ‘Emerging Architecture Prize‘ for their School Refectory in Montbrun-Bocage, a small village in Haute-Garonne, France. In collaboration with Georgia Tech School of Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA / Atlanta, we invite BAST in residence in Atlanta during which the team will  lead a workshop with architecture studio students and give a public talk on October 23.

The EU Mies van der Rohe Award was launched in 1988 and for over 30 years has created a network that has scanned and interpreted the construction of the European territory, composed of an emulsion of natural and cultural, vernacular and canonical, traditional and artificial elements. During the exhibition opening, Ivan Blasi, curator of Prizes and Programming at the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, gave a public lecture about the finalists and shortlisted projects of the 2019 Eu Mies Award, in the European cultural, political, and architectural contexts, from its beginnings in 1988 until now. https://miesbcn.com/prize/

All events are free and open to the public


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The Breman Museum 1440 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 September 15th - December 30, 2019

Henri Dauman’s photography documents some of the most important events and personalities of the 20th century, from the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, to Buddhist priests in Vietnam and the Castro revolution. His images capture the American experience during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. This Holocaust survivor and self-taught photographer produced iconic images for the covers of Time, Life Magazine and various other publications.

Born in France, Dauman was only 9 when his father was taken by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he died that same year. Dauman and his mother escaped and hid for several years. His mother died when he was 14 leaving him an orphan. At 17 he was invited to New York City by his uncle.

Henri Dauman’s photographs were recently featured in Paris, and in KP Projects Gallery, Los Angeles.

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October 16-18, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Water Drums Installation | October 16, 7:30 pm: Concert | October 17, 10:00 am: Workshop for scientists of Georgia Tech | October 18, 3:00 pm: Workshop for musicians of Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech, College of Design, Stubbins Gallery: 245 4TH ST NW

Georgia Tech School of Music will collaborate with École polytechnique and the Cultural and Scientific services of the French Embassy to showcase the connections between art and science via Water Drums, an experimental performance that visualizes acoustic waves and enables new form of artistic creation through workshops and an immersive experience. Water Drums is an installation of the artistic group Labofactory designed in the research group in arts & sciences at École polytechnique, the production being sponsored by the Chaire arts & Sciences.
École polytechnique is among the premier scientific and engineering institutions in France. The Chair Arts & Sciences is shared between École polytechnique, École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs – Paris Sciences et Lettres, and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. Georgia Tech’s School of Music, in the College of Design, develops cutting-edge technologies to help define music’s future, such as music informatics, robotics musicianship, and brain-computer interfaces.


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October 28, 2 pm: Diemo Schwarz’s public talk | October 30, 7 pm: Music-Mind-Movement concert performed by Diemo Schwarz, and Grace Leslie at Georgia Tech , West Village Room 175

In collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Georgia Tech  School of Music is establishing strong links in research and education with France’s IRCAM. An agreement will be signed between Georgia Tech and IRCAM to formalize the collaboration.
Diemo Schwarz will specifically talk about the research work of the Sound–Music–Movement Interaction team at IRCAM and perform with Grace Leslie a concert where brain waves steer the musical voyage through a landscape of sounds, and tangible embodied interaction articulates and reshapes the musical material.
IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) is a world renowned institute for science about music and sound and avant-garde electro-acoustical art music. It is situated next to, and is organizationally linked with, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Georgia Tech’s School of Music, in the College of Design, develops cutting-edge technologies to help define music’s future, such as music informatics, robotics musicianship, and brain-computer interfaces.

This event is co-organized by the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, Georgia Tech School of Music, IRCAM Centre Pompidou.

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October 10, 17, 18, 3pm Workshop with Georgia Tech Students at West Village: 532 8th ST NW | October 15, 5-7pm: Sounds of Pittsburgh – A recording workshop with Loïc Guénin. neighborhood inhabitants at Pittman Park, 950 Garibaldi St SW, Atlanta | October 16, 12pm: Public performance, outdoor at Georgia Tech Campanile | October 18, 7pm: Collaborative performance with NOORG and students at Stubbins Gallery: 245 4th ST NW | October 19, 11am-2pm: Multimedia improvisation stage writing at Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard St SE, Atlanta

Loïc Guénin, a French composer known for his unique soundscapes and graphical scores, will write a new piece of music inspired by the sounds of the city of Atlanta. It will be produced by his company, Le Phare à Lucioles, and performed in France in 2020.
Hovering between experimental rock noise with contemporary aesthetics and an electro-acoustic sound, Loïc Guénin’s music refuses to adhere to a specific category. His approach to sound and listening places him at the border between music and contemporary art.
During his residency in Atlanta, Loïc Guénin will present a series of lectures. He will also lead workshops and performances with Georgia Tech students along with a Pittsburgh, Atlanta group and the local, national, and international artists of The Fence.

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October 8, 11:00am Presentation on Afro-futurism followed by Q & A at Georgia Tech | October 8, 1:00-2:00pm One-hour Radio show on WREK Atlanta, Georgia Tech Student Radio | October 8, 4:30 – 6:30pm Interactive workshop with Oulimata Gueye at 25 Park Place, Atlanta, 19th floor, room 1909, Georgia State University | October 9, 3:00pm "Global science-fiction" with Lisa Yaszek | October 9, 6:00pm Non-Aligned Utopias – A round table discussion at Georgia Tech, Bill Moore Student success center, Clary theater: 225 North Ave NW, Atlanta | October 10, 4:00 – 5:30pm Digital imaginaries in Africa at Duke University, East Campus, Pink Parlor: 112 East Duke Building, Durham

New technologies and the soaring accessibility of media production in recent decades have allowed African countries to challenge their place on the cultural world scene. Critic and curator Oulimata Gueye’s research focuses on the impact of digital technology on urban popular culture in Africa, and on the imaginary worlds it produces.
At Duke University, Oulimata Gueye will present Digital Imaginaries, a joined project of the media art center Kër Thiossane (Senegal), Wits Art Museum & Fak’ugesi festival, (South Africa), and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany)— articulating digital technologies and Africa together with a view to reevaluate the dominant imaginaries that shape contemporary digital practices.
At Georgia State University, the workshop will focus on issues of Gender, Race and Social Justice in Afrofuturism and Afrocyberfeminism. Participants will take part in discussions and hands-on activities to expand their knowledge and global awareness on diversity and social justice issues in pop culture and digital culture.
At Georgia Tech, the round table will center on Oulimata Gueye’s project Non-Aligned Utopias with scholars working on Afrofuturism and African history, media and expression, such as Dr. Susanna Morris (Georgia Tech), Dr. Subha Xavier (Emory University), Dr. Gladys Francis (Georgia State University), Dr. Alix Pierre (Spelman College) and Samba Sy (Georgia Tech).

This event is co-organized by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States, the Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia State University – World Languages & Cultures, CFFS – Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke University, the Atlanta Global Studies Center and Xam Xam African Digital Perspectives.

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Theatre Residence Research October 21 – November 15

The French performer and artistic director Duncan Evennou and the researcher Clémence Hallé  will present the first step of the trilogy Matters and their new research axes.
The first performance was an exploration of the archives of the inaugural meeting of the Anthropocene Working Group in 2014 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The second performance will be an exploration of the relationship between humans and technology and the dominant story used to explain why we entered the Anthropocene. The ultimate one will treat the alternatives stories told by post-colonial and gender studies about the same hypothesis.
Duncan Evennou, graduated in 2012 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art Dramatique du Théâtre National de Bretagne, completed the Political Arts Experimentation Program (SPEAP) at Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris.  He is now working on creation, research and pedagogy dynamics at the crossing point of drama, sociology and visual arts.

Clémence Hallé is a doctoral student at the École Normale Supérieure in the Sciences, Arts, Creation, Research department. Her thesis is about the aesthetic history of the Anthropocene.

This residency is organized by the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, Light House Company and SACre Laboratory.

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October 17, 10:00 - 11:30am Workshop with Local and international Artists at Georgia Tech Dramatech: 349 Ferst DR NW | October 17, 12:00 – 1:15pm Guy Gabon performance at Georgia Tech Dramatech: 349 Ferst DR NW | October 17, 3:00pm Women and the struggle for Civil and Human Rights at Georgia Tech Dramatech: 349 Ferst DR NW | November 5, 6:00 – 8:00pm Film screening at Alliance Française: 1201 Peachtree st NE, Building 400, Suite 1104 | November 7, 5:00 – 7:00pm Artist workshop at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum: 223 James P. BRAWLEY DR SW

Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM) Artist-in-residence Guy Gabon will present a series of events that provide insight into her artistic production and conceptual practice. Gabon will perform an experimental work inspired by Alain Foix’s play Pas de Prison Pour Le Vent (No Prison for the Wind).  It will be followed by talks with Alain Foix.
Guy Gabon’s film Mauvais Genre (Bad Gender), which questions the relationship between first names and gendered identities, will be screened and discussed at Alliance française.
She will host a workshop at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM) on work-in-progress projects drawing links to Clark University historic collection of African American fine art, the city of Atlanta, and women in the American and Global South.
This event is co-organized by the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, CAUAM, Georgia Tech Drama Tech Theatre, Georgia Tech Modern Languages, Alliance Française at Atlanta, Quai des Arts and the Fence.


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SCAD Museum of Art, Jewel Boxes Savannah, GA 601 Turner Blvd. Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

Barontini’s work complements the Frederik Douglass exhibition while remaining wholly its own experience.

SCAD Museum of Art presents "The Golden March," a new public art commission and the first museum solo exhibition in the U.S. by Raphaël Barontini, an artist known for his dynamic installations that subvert visual tropes and iconographies. Barontini’s works are mostly fiber-based, and he creates images by layering screen prints and paintings, fashioning fantastical environments that evoke pageantry and ceremony. The artist explores ritualized celebration forms espoused by the African Diaspora and offers an ongoing interrogation and challenge to colonial iconographies. A recent body of work by the artist set out to bring attention to black hero figures in French history.
Barontini mines historical art references and visual systems to make new, surprising images that explore issues of representation and race. He establishes new contexts for images culled from African and European art, and in the process engages topics that critique colonialism and oppressive regimes. Tracing a personal lineage from Réunion Island to the Caribbean to Paris, Barontini is influenced by processes of creolization and hybridity and the philosophies of Caribbean thinkers, such as Édouard Glissant.

Additional funding for the exhibition is provided by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation.


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The museum’s director called the collection — 24 paintings by Monet, Matisse, Renoir and others — a “godsend.”

A sweeping collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works will soon be on display at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, which recently received one of the most significant gifts of European art in its history.
The 24 paintings — with scenes of boats reflected on the water, serene grassy hideaways and rocky cliffs that are rendered in dreamlike pastel shades — come from a dozen notable artists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 at The Breman museum | Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT Kathy Cashen Recital Hall Carrollton, Georgia 30118

Jacques Sémelin, historian, political scientist and psychologist, has since 1997 served as a director of research at Sciences Po. In 2007, Sémelin was qualified as a professor of History and of Political Science by the Conseil national des universités (le CNU). Sémelin is highly esteemed for his work on mass violence and mass genocide, being a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He is the founder of the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, of which he has been president since January 2011. In addition, he serves on the scientific boards of journals including the European Review of History, the Journal of Genocide Research and 20th Century.

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The Book Department of the French Embassy in New York offers financial support to American institutions wishing to host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. We collaborate with universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, and other venues across the United States to organize events with visiting authors.

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The Book Department of the Cultural Services works to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French works. We oversee three grant programs to help publishers and translators with acquisition of rights cost and translation cost.
The deadline for the next session is December 1, 2019.
(Expected date of printing: no sooner than September 2020 for this session.)

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

"Irma Vep" (Olivier Assayas, 1996, 97 min, France, Color, DCP) Olivier Assayas's live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade's classic 1915 crime serial "Les vampires". Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty reflection on the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment. "As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

The late, great Varda deemed Documenteur her favorite of her own films. A deeply moving, semi-autobiographical portrayal of a newly single French mother and son (played by Varda’s own son Mathieu) who struggle to find a home in the unglamorous underworlds of Los Angeles - and a beautiful exploration of solitude, sensuality, tenderness, and love.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Three siblings, played by Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Rénier, must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they’ve inherited from their mother. From this simple story, Assayas creates an exquisitely nuanced drama about the material of globalized modern living..

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kristen Stewart plays the personal—perhaps too personal—assistant to a famous actress (Juliet Binoche) undergoing a crisis as she comes to terms with the fact that she has aged out of the ingénue roles that made her a star. The scintillating interplay between Binoche, Stewart, and newcomer Chloë Grace Moretz keeps the psychosexual tension simmering.

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YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA is a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.
Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best French films and filmmakers. The program focuses specifically on rising talents from France, from high-profile independent works, to powerful documentaries and quirky discoveries. This program stands as proof that this young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is—more than ever—a genuine melting pot with a global vision and an amazing capacity to combine cultural influences. Across a wide range of subject matter, their work is innovative in both style and storytelling. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but do not currently have US distribution.

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The MediaArtHistories Award is given bi-annually for lifetime achievements and major contributions to the histories of media, art, science and technology. Previous award recipients have included Barbara Stafford and Werner Nekes (posthumously). Anne-Marie Duguet (*1946) is an Emeritus Professor in Aesthetics and Art History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an art critic and curator. Since 1995, she has been the director and editor of the “anarchive” series which comprises monographic digital archives and multimedia projects of such contemporary artists as Antoni Muntadas, Michael Snow, Thierry Kuntzel, Jean Otth, Fujiko Nakaya, and Masaki Fujihata. The most recent anarchive edition appeared in conjunction with an international touring exhibition of the US-American video artist Peter Campus (showing at Bronx Museum of the Arts (NY), until July 21, 2019, after presentations at Jeu de Paume in Paris, in Sevilla, and Lisbon).

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Exhibition curated by Anne-Marie Duguet | September 6 - December 29, Peter Campus: video ergo sum. A multi-location exhibition with additional works on view at the Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University and Reynolda House Museum of American Art. | October 15, Potter Gallery at Secca, 6-8 pm, Talk and reception: retracing artist's career, starting with the experimental video art from 1970s to his more recent video production.

American artist Peter Campus (born in 1937 in New York) is one of the most influential pioneers of video art, along with artists like Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, Vito Acconci and Bill Viola.Throughout his career, Peter Campus has produced videos, installations, and a large body of photographic work. In his recent video work, he makes use of digital techniques to work on the image, pixel by pixel, rather like a painter. Using an extremely high-definition digital camera, Peter Campus pursues his current work. A large number of his works are featured in some of the world’s greatest contemporary art museums.

Curator Anne-Marie Duguet trained in the sociology of art, writer and critic, she has taught theater and sociology of television at the University of Paris 1, where she is now assistant professor in the Arts Department and directs the Center for Research on Film and Audiovisual Arts. Anne-Marie Duguet also teaches the aesthetics of electronic and computer images. After creating a video workshop in 1973, she began specializing in video in the late 1970s and was a member of the editorial board of Vidéoglyphes from 1979 to 1981.

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at The B-Complex, in Atlanta, GA on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at 7:30pm.

Core Dance, an internationally recognized, award-winning contemporary dance organization based in Houston, TX and Atlanta/Decatur, GA, brings its newest choreopoem, if…a memoir collaboratively created by its Artistic Director Sue Schroeder and a cast of international creatives to life in October and November. In celebration of its 40th Anniversary season Core Dance will perform if…a memoir in Arkansas, Texas, and Georgia.

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