An African-European Research about Arts and Development
Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad
Sensitive and Cognitive Experimentation.Cultural Mediation of Art in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean forms an ambivalent space. If it is difficult to consider the Mediterranean as an integrated area, at the same time it is impossible to deny the fact that it exists as a world in itself. It is crossed and fragmented by conflictual relationships. One can’t ignore the territorial Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, nor the Saharan areas inescapable claim and tensions between Algeria and Morocco. Adds up the current internal recomposing of numerous countries, and from North to South, the regions segmental nature act under democratic revolutions and/or conservative pressures. Beyond this, the Mediterranean is a world: humane, political, economical, environmental, cultish and cultural. We won’t retrace History here, an ancient crucible, ancestral but actual, intellectual and spiritual, where occidental, oriental thoughts forge, clash, interpenetrate, and not to forget the three monotheisms. Arab revolutions are sufficient to expose the antagonistic or conjunctive diversity of philosophic and religious conceptions that can be use as a support to the construction of democratic governments and civilian societies. No need to insist furthermore on the Mediterranean’s central position in tensed diplomacy, more so than in any other part of the world, as a planetary geostrategic crux, as a commercial road on which depend international exchanges, and the last but not the least, as a major crossroad for international migrations and worldwide tourism.
In this unstable but nevertheless complicated context, the relations maintained between the national states in the Mediterranean and arts, in their public politics, regardless of their forms...
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