◀︎  Lectures

New Kinds of Debate

Coffee-house debate for the "SPACES FOR DEBATE" exhibition's opening

Inauguration and debate Wednesday, April 5th at 7.00 pm (debate starts at 8.00 pm) Guilhem Fouetillou (social web analyst, co-founder of Linkfluence)
Elisa Lewis (author the book "Le coup d'état citoyen" & member of Démocratie Ouverte)
Malte Martin (graphic designer)
Laurent Strabic (Grand Public agency)
The audience will be able to join in the debate at any time.

"Somewhere between coffee-house debate and stand-up, the exhibit inauguration will be an opportunity for the thirsty to quench their thirst for words. Armed with their own contradictions and questions, everyone will be able to talk to the guests gathered together to talk about the diversity of current forms of debate. A chance to get rid of the frontiers of architecture, for an evening.”

Over a drink, everyone will get the opportunity to put forward their views on the diversity of places for and ways of exchanging opinions. Together, we will examine the question of whether such experiments could be used as examples of outlets for democratic expression? Finally, we will try to decide what we need to get rid of in today’s practices.

The role of BAOBAB will be to direct the conversation so that concrete cases are discussed.
In connection with the exhibit, the form taken by each example will be called into question. 

Aline Rollin will illustrate the key ideas, the thought-trajectories and the points of disagreement, to show how debate creates a certain form of shared thought that is easy to understand and useful.


Debates cycle in the context of the exhibition "Spaces for Debate"
Free entry

2017: where is debate hiding? 

With the French presidential election as backdrop, BAOBAB Dealer d’Espaces will occupy the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris et Arc en Rêve Centre d'Architecture in Bordeaux, with an exhibit that examines the format and role of debate in today’s era of Internet and citizens’ revolts.

Using typical spatial configurations, the exhibit illustrates today’s new ways of exchanging ideas: body language, speaking time and signals, the symbolism of places. Everyone moves closer together, latches on and argues as part of a conflict that has become necessary, since it is “the resolution of tensions between opposites,” between people and cities.

In response to the question, “Should we get rid of everything?”, twenty original artistic contributions weigh their words, invest in new spaces for exchanging ideas, peddle ordinary texts, expose networks of underground dialogue…

Through the exhibit, a hypothesis emerges: by drawing inspiration from the diversity of existing places of debate, it is possible to revive our democratic institutions, even if it means turning them upside-down! The series of debates introduces the question of why, where and how to create common spaces for contradictory exchange. A tremendous project, and BAOBAB and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal are inviting you to participate.

BAOBAB Dealer d’Espaces offers situations for exchange between people of different horizons (professionals, residents and citizens). The association, created in 2011, works on developing public interest in space, cities and architecture. Its actions include events, debates and publications to be taken as elements that can be used to construct spaces for life.
BAOBAB believes that CITIZEN’ DEBATE should be an integral part of urban territorial management. Provocative, like a thorn in the side, BAOBAB plays with situations and social codes to describe and question all types of living spaces, and to avoid turning in circles, confined to one’s own domain.