The European Pavilion – The Podcast Back

The European Pavilion – The Podcast

For this podcast series, we invite personalities from the arts and culture to reflect on the future of Europe and the role that the initiative for The European Pavilion can play in stimulating imaginaries beyond the national.

With this series, we wish to open up urgent questions that hover in any conversation about the future of Europe. Public space and ecology, post-national imaginaries and representation are some of the subjects that we discuss.

Conceived by Lore Gablier in collaboration with Alejandro Ramírez
Sound design: Alejandro Ramírez
Original music: Gagi Petrovic

Episode 1: Post-national imaginaries - at the airport

The nation-state is a very powerful narrative that has managed, in a very short time, to assert itself as the only imaginable model. And yet, it is a model that seems to be running out of steam, and may no longer be able to cope with the challenges facing our contemporary societies. How to transfer the sense of belonging that the nation-state instils to another scale, both local and global: one that reflects our situated experience and at the same time our global interconnectedness and interdependence?

For this two-part episode, we invited essayist and novelist Rana Dasgupta, activist and scholar Lara Garcia Diaz, and historian Timothy Snyder. In Part 1, we discuss what the model of the nation-state entails. Part 2 focuses on addressing issues of citizenship.

In the bonus track, the reading by Rana Dasgupta of his prologue to his book ‘Tokyo Cancelled’ is followed by a piece of music composed by Lara Garcia Diaz in collaboration with musicians Francesc Fornos and Jose Galbis.



Post-national imaginaries (Part 1)
Post-national imaginaries (Part 2)
Tokyo Cancelled (Bonus track)

Episode 2: Presence and representation – in the park

The modern idea of the nation-state has involved the construction of a ‘united people’ defined more in terms of adherence to commonalities and norms than by recognition of its intrinsic diversity. How to bring about a sense of belonging that overcomes the deadlock posed by homogenization and mimicry? How to open up the notion of representation (including the model of representative democracy) in order to give more emphasis on lived experience.

For this two-part episode, we invited activists and organizers Zamzam Ibrahim and Joci Marton, as well as philosopher and novelist Tristan Garcia. In Part 1, we address the tension between being present and being represented. In Part 2, we look into strategies of emancipation. In this second, Hungarian poet Zsófi Kemény reads a selection of poems written as part of Joci Marton’s project ‘Owning the Game’, which deals with the representation of Roma LGBTQI communities.

Presence and representation (Part 1)
Presence and representation (Part 2)