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Art Thinking Seminar: 3 days of inspiration, self-examination and self-questioning for tomorrow's territories

May 03, 2023

From April 19 to 21, 2023, 54 students in the IMPGT's Public Management Master's program took part in an Art Thinking Seminar: Improbable. They explored the improbable in the manner of artists, with a view to transforming public management and regional development. Led by Sylvain Bureau, one of the co-founders, it was a first for a French university.

After 6 lectures, 6 workshops and critique sessions, the students put all their energy, without counting the hours, into creating 11 contemporary works of art that made full sense to them on different issues: water preservation, global warming, the limits of digital technology and AI, school bullying, youth employment discrimination, wartime fakenews and finally the democratic crisis.

The fruit of these three intense days of reflection and creation was the subject of an ephemeral exhibition "Regards (improbables) sur les territoires de demain" at the Non-Maison, an art venue in Aix-en-Provence. Nearly 100 people attended the opening. They took part in the interactive works (videos, photos, demonstrations, etc.) with great interest and enthusiasm, making the students and the organizing team proud.

Congratulations to the students! Many thanks to Sylvain Bureau, founder of Art Thinking, and Michèle Cohen of La Non-Maison.


Le Séminaire Improbable > recognized as one of the 10 best pedagogical innovations, several thousand participants have taken part in a dozen countries (in Europe, the United States, Japan...), for academic institutions, innovation centers as well as major corporations curious to explore new ways of doing things. Sylvain Bureau, PhD from Ecole Polytechnique and professor at ESCP Business School, and Pierre Tectin, visual artist and Artistic Director of theArt Thinking Network, are the co-founders.

La Non-Maison > is an art venue created in 2007 in Aix-en-Provence by Michèle Cohen. La Non-Maison's name reflects the desire for a warm dialogue between artists, writers, thinkers and philosophers in a space dedicated to creation.

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