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Patrice Riemens on Mon, 18 May 2009 16:31:34 +0200 (CEST)

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The International ?Futur en Seine? Festival

Futur en Seine (www.futur-en-seine.org) is a new popular Festival of the
Digital city, a unique cultural, technological and social event, which
will take place from 29th May to 7th June in the city of Paris and Ile
de France region. For ten days, across the city and region, you will be
able to see, touch and interact with innovative technologies and
applications which will be part of daily life in the digital city of the
future. The scale and scope of the Festival is breathtaking: 10 full
days, 40 venues, some 300 events, 16 major prototypes, 30 conferences,
and a digital village?.all free of charge!

Futur en Seine also presents a pioneering international program and
perspective. This stands alone in its open, inclusive and interactive
format, bringing together leading international visionaries, thinkers,
creatives and practitioners with ?grass-roots? interaction and public
participation. At the same time, the festival offers the international
visitor a broad and mixed English language program, with a diverse range
of conferences, exhibitions, prototypes, and demonstrations.

During the festival there will be ample opportunity for international
visitors to present innovative technologies, prototypes and services and
explore new research, development and business opportunities.

The festival also has a profound social and ethical perspective. At a
time of global economic crisis, doubt in the future, and lack of trust
in traditional social and economic institutions, the international
festival and conference will focus not only on technological progress
and services in the city, but also on the social and ethical potential
of media to (re)establish trust and collaboration between the
"grass-roots" public, digital research and development, government and

The social and ethical impact of digital media and information
technology on the structure, form and experience of life in the city of
the future, from new products, services, tools, applications, to our
physical and virtual space and relationships, is a subject of concern
throughout the world. The international program of Futur en Seine
addresses this concern directly. Over the festival, the Futur en Seine
international program will bring together renowned international
thinkers and visionaries with creatives and practitioners from leading
European (and US) cities to discuss new approaches and prototypes,
design new blue-prints, and formulate recommendations for a more
?livable?, humane, and sustainable digital city of the future.

The International ?Futur en Seine? Program

Within this context, the international program will focus throughout the
festival on certain central themes, which will directly affect the lives
of the citizen in the next few years. These include:

Space, Security, Trust
Collaborate Design, Mapping Complex networks across cultures and social
Environmental and Social Sustainability

To open the international program on 30th/31st May, leading
international thinkers will address these themes at the
World-Information City Conference, which has chosen to hold its major
annual event in Paris, with such eminent speakers as Saskia Sassen
(US/NL), Stephen Graham (UK), Bruno Latour (FR), John Urry (UK), Carlo
Ratti (IT/US), Solomon Benjamin (IN), Eyal Weizman (IL), Christophe
Aguiton (FR), Dominique Cardon (FR), and Brian Holmes (US). This major
event promises new insight and debate at the highest international
level, and is a fitting way in which to open the international festival.

These themes are addressed throughout the following days in a wide and
colourful range of conferences, exhibitions, prototypes and
demonstrations throughout the city and region, with diverse cultural,
artistic and media-related perspectives. On an international level,
events in English will include ongoing workshops and presentations on
such subjects as geo-localization and cultural mapping, audio-visual and
open software innovation, and architectural experimentation in the
WikiPlaza on the Place de la Bastille, a projet by Hackitectura.net. The
?Immaterial? Digital Season in the Maison des Métallos hosts such events
as the ?Arctic Perspective Initiative?, focusing on an international
project to design a mobile, media-centric facility, life-support
habitation and work module with renewable energy supply, waste cycling
and communications systems, and a range of other international
exhibitions, conferences and performances. To the north of the city in
Saint-Ouen, Mains D?Oeuvres hosts the ?Mal au Pixel? (Pixelache)
International Festival of Electronic Art and Culture, featuring
installations, performing arts, meetings, workshops and concerts around
the themes of public space, urban electronics and ecology. The list of
international events continues with Eurodigimeet, featuring key players
from the Digital Industries, and Read Digital at the Bourse de Commerce,
Dimension 3: The future of 3D at the Centre National de la Danse, Peter
Greenaway?s ?Tulse Luper VJ Tour? at the Bains Numériques in
Enghien-les-Bains, and many more diverse and fascinating spectacles.

The international festival culminates in Cap Digital?s international
event ?World Future Digital City {AT} FenS?, under the heading ?The Digital
City in the Next Five Years?, which takes place over two days in the
inspirational setting of the refurbished Hermes factory, in the historic
heart of the city, near the Place de la Bastille. International guests
(political advisors, planners, thinkers, creatives, business, research)
and their Paris City/Region equivalent have been invited to collaborate
in discussing and designing the new paradigm of the digital city.

If you are interested in participating in the International Conference
?The Digital City in the Next Five Years? or have general inquiries
about the international ?Futur en Seine? festival, please contact Olivia
Dasté on +33 (01)1 40 41 11 86 or by email: international {AT} capdigital.com.

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