WELCOME TO THE PROJECT
The goal of the «Europeana » project is to raise awareness amongst the European public about the connection between the common European memory and their individual opinions. Just like the author of the play, Patrik Ourednik, it’s now your turn to continue the text amongst the different themes proposed!
The aim is to talk about the last twenty years up until today, while keeping the future in mind. You are welcome to share your experiences, ideas and memories, as you are, with your own sensitivity. Writing and thinking against oneself, now that’s a beginning to democracy! All of your contributions will then be read over and put together to form one larger, unique text.
For each theme, as shown in the example below, three elements must be put forward:
An idea followed by its contradiction.
A personal, realistic, truth life or imaginary anecdote.
An event or news item as a humorous counterpoint to theories.
Thème 1 : National identity and multiculturalism
English men were pragmatic but English women...
…had big feet and Italian women had big breasts and Italian men were careless and German men paid attention to their hygiene and had no sense of humour. And Irish men drank way too much and Scottish men were great hikers and French men were arrogant and the Greek complicated and the Czech cowards and the Polish drunk way too much and the Italians were noisy and Bulgarians retarded and the Spanish dark and Hungarians pretentious. And the Spanish danced the flamenco and Gypsies would glare at you and the Russians were arrogant and the Swedish pragmatic and the Jewish crafty and the French careless and the English pretentious and the Portuguese retarded. And the French knew HOW TO LIVE and the English were FAIR PLAY.
And some philosophers said that national identity was built from within the mind, that all citizens were citizens of the world and knowing a human being’s ethnic origin didn’t really matter, that the most important thing was knowing what you were aiming for and what your philosophical, religious or political intentions were.
But others continued to think and claim that a national identity was the most beautiful thing a person could be given, a sense of belonging to a community and its history, and that it was the only foundation possible of a human identity;
A Jewish woman with Russian and German origins, reported herself as being French to the police, as she was accidentally born in New York but lived in Paris.
And a Congolese citizen tried to cross the Mediterranean to get to Europe seventeen times, because regardless of his country and origins, he knew he was going to die if he didn’t leave;
Thème 2 : European memories: What is Europe’s personal and collective history? How is the historical account of a country created?
Thème 3 : The public area: Old and new media, information and misinformation. Fake news and state secrets.
Thème 4 : Mobility, tourism: What about « historical tourism »?
Thème 5 : Ecology: What about nature-culture related issues?
Thème 6 : Democracy crisis: symptoms, threats, remedies
Thème 7 : Borders in Europe, are the borders of Europe real or virtual?
Thème 8 : Putting Europe and the world into perspective
Thème 9 : Family: Where do couples, children, sexuality and equality between men and women stand today?
Thème 10 : Town and countryside, sedentary and mobile lifestyles
Thème 11 : What place does religion have in Europe in the 21st century?
May be you’ve seen the play « Europeana, a brief history of the 20th century » directed by Sarah Lecarpentier, or Stéphane Nawrat’s photography exhibition « Fragments », or attended one of Jacques Rupnik’s conferences « Yesterday, today, tomorrow ».
Or all three? Or none of them at all!
It doesn’t matter: you are here and this page is especially for you.
Europeana is the outcome of reflections on the memory of the 20th century that was initiated by the creation of Ô ma mémoire, a portrait of Stéphane Hessel. In order to adapt the text and to portray a correct setting, Sarah Lecarpentier travelled across Europe with the photographer Stéphane Nawrat.
A programme – combining the play, the photo exhibition and the conference by the political scientist Jacques Rupnik – will be carried out in 2019 across Europe to make this European election year an artistic and citizen highlight.
In each town we travel to, we will address and suggest a contemporary issue, in relation to Patrik Ourednik’s text, that talks about the European history from 1914 to 2001.
This interface, supported by the Cafébabel website, offers you a literary exquisite corpse so we can carry on the continuum of history together, from 2011 to 2019! A collective, literary and creative text in an Ourednik manner, that will be read at the project’s closing event, in France, during the Next festival in November 2019.