The project Europa 2022 is a participative and generative device drawn from a linguistic map of the continent. The project integrates a collection of sculptures generated through a process of physicalization of digital sound data from recordings of a text by Czech philosopher Jan Patočka read in different European languages:

“It is the same heritage that continues through catastrophes, and that is why I think we can venture to say that Europe – Western Europe especially, but also the so-called ‘other Europe’ – has emerged from the care of the soul. Της ψυχής επιμελείσθαι, this is the germ from which what Europe has been was born.”

Jan Patočka, Plato and Europe, 1973 Seminar, trans. E. Abrams, Lagrasse, Verdier, 1983, p.99.

Going beyond a definition of Europe by its borders, Europa 2022 imagines a sound topography of Europe that reveals its linguistic diversity and identity through its languages, accents and intonations.

ÉSAD Orléans presented the Europa 2022 project at the EuroFabrique event from 7 to 10 February 2022, organised at the Grand Palais Éphémère as part of the French Presidency of the European Union. Europa 2022 was awarded the Arte prize, media partner of EuroFabrique.

Partner school: The Faculty of Ceramics and Glass of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław

With: Hugo Bosqué, Olivier Bouton, Salma Essid, Anne-Laure Fréant, Sylvia Fredriksson, Luiz Gustavo Machado de Carvalho, Emmanuel Hugnot, Gabriel Martinez, Etienne Mosnier, Thérèse Nalin, Maëlle Pires, Amélie Samson, Eva Vedel, Caroline Zahnd

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ÉSAD Orléans Gallery
From 12 September to 28 October 2022
Monday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturday 17 September from 2pm to 8pm
Free entrance