Monday, March 9, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] final call : The Arts in the context of today's Darwinian Theory of Evolution: Marseille Oct 2009

The Arts in the context of today's Darwinian Theory of
Dates : Marseille, France, Oct 22-24 2009
Colloquium organized by MIM and in partnership with IMéRA, LEONARDO/
Olats, Alphabetville and ZINC-ECM
Authors interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract of no more
than 400 words together with a link to their CV by April 30, 2009 to e-mail
address :
or at postal address :
Cité de la musique – 4, rue Bernard du Bois
BP 62042
F-13201 MARSEILLE cedex 01
Duration of a presentation : 20-30 min. + discussion (about 10 min.)
Proposals for video presentation will be considered
Presentation may be in French or English. Presentation in English should be
accompanied by a full
written translation in French.
Further informations on the symposium : MIM : 33 / (0)4 91 39 28 60
or at the email address :
Free registration
Since its publication, Darwin's Origin of the Species, has been widely
debated in its cultural context.
In this colloquium we wish to re examine cultural activity and the arts in
the context of the Theory
of Evolution as it is understood today. We solicit proposed papers from
scientists, artists and
composers, scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
Invited Speakers Include :
Jean-Pierre Changeux in his book "Raison et Plaisir " (Reason and pleasure)
published in 1994 by
Odile Jacob suggested a Darwinian theory of pictorial creation and of the
way paintings are
perceived. The brain of an artist creates shapes, colors, gestures, etc.and
only survive those shapes
etc which can enter long-term memory. This combination of chance and
survival are characteristic
of a Darwinian theory. Those elements which survive are called memes. The
memes of an artist
constitute his style…when they are shared by several artists they constitute
an artistic movement…
Another approach is espoused by Dominique Lestel who argues that cultural
activity is not specific
to humans but emerges progressively during the evolution of life forms. In
books such as Les
origines animales de la culture, Flammarion, 2001 - L'animal singulier,
Seuil 2004 he examines the
origins, nature and evolutionary effects of cultural activity in non humans.
Another evolutionary theory of artistic creation has been developed by
Pierre Mounoud and
Jacques Mandelbrojt who analysed artistic creation with the concepts of
assimilation and
accommodation introduced by Piaget both to describe the evolution of living
organisms in their
environment and the evolution of science.
MIM has been developing for several years research on the shortest element
of music able to
transmit a meaning such an element is called a UST (Semantic Time Unit). A
piece of music can in
general be analysed as a succession of such units, each one lasting a few
seconds.A composer
usually has preference for certain USTs which he uses in his compositions.
USTs can be considered
as musical memes . Several composers and members of MIM will present
including: Marcel
Fremiot, composer and musicologist, Philippe Bootz (poet, specialized in
hypermedia, maître de
conférence University of Paris 8), Frank Dufour (Assistant Professor at the
Sound Design
Department of the University of Texas, Dallas, USA).
Scientific Committee :
Jacques Mandelbrojt, painter, theoretical physicist, professor emeritus,
University of Provence,
Roger Malina, director of research at Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de
Marseille, CNRS, executive
editor of Leonardo
Emmanuel Girard-Reydet, director of IméRA
Colette Tron, director of Alphabetville
Marcel Formosa, composer, MIM
Marcel Frémiot, composer, musicologist, MIM
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