The Sciences Po collective project
Since 2010, La Transplanisphère has been conducting Collective Projects with Master’s students at Sciences Po Paris, where Bruno Freyssinet, artistic director, teaches.
Within the framework of LeCAKE, a group of students has been working since October 2022 with the Transplanisphere team on the 4 sequences of the first pedagogical chapter, the international referentials. More precisely, they are in charge of the design of the first module, the New European Bahaus, which will serve as a model for all the others. They will then assist the partners in the design of their own model. The following year, a second team will work on Chapter 3, which concerns agile models that drive innovation: fablabs, living labs, hackathons.
This collaboration provides an intergenerational, but also a European dimension to the project. Indeed, the five students in the first group come from all over Europe: Anni Tikkala is Finnish, Thomas Riedlsperger is Austrian, Lucy Hensel is German, Giulia Di Fino is Italian and Kitti Fodor is Hungarian. Their backgrounds include political science, law, economics, psychology, international relations and art history.
What they have in common is that they are concerned about the topic of sustainability: Thomas and Lucy highlight their personal awareness and efforts in everyday life, to which Anni adds the need for institutional change. Giulia, who has already worked with field associations, stresses the importance of reconnecting people to the environment. Kitti agrees, urging a global and not just environmental perspective on sustainable development, for which she is certain her generation has an important role to play.
They each chose to join LeCAKE to continue their involvement on the subject. Lucy and Thomas both note the lack of concern in the cultural sector for sustainable development. The combination of these two elements makes the project unique for both Anni and Kitti, who see art projects as a very innovative way to spread sustainability concepts. The networking aspect is also an important factor of engagement: both Thomas and Giulia are eager to meet other students and professionals concerned with these topics.
Indeed, the LeCAKE project also wants to have an impact on future cultural professionals by involving them in the project. The students of this first group each have ambitions for a future in the European and cultural sector in the broadest sense, be it through cultural institutions, political initiatives, international cooperation, project management or mediation. As actors of tomorrow, they will participate thanks to LeCAKE in setting up tools that they can use in their future projects.