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The Origins of the Future

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The Origins of the Future
International Meeting of the European Environmental Tribunal
Direction: Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta

Local: Trancoso, Portugal



Since a long time fundamental questions about the environment have been considered, in a generalised way, as external to the human being.

Carbon emissions, saw effect, demographic expansion, the presence of pollutant elements, the treatment of toxic residues among others… like if we would be dealing with abstract problems, distance and alienated from the human life quotidian, exterior to the structure of thought, strange to the mentalities that are in permanent metamorphosis.

The European Environmental Tribunal deals with these questions while part of the way of thought, while direct reflection of our mind strategies.

Why do we still make wars?
What are the origins of human conflicts?
Why do we still feed preconception and racism?
What is the rule of art, science and culture in such a context?
Why there still is poverty in our planet and what is the impact of such questions on the environment?
These are some of the central elements of the spirit of the European Tribunal of the Environment - taking the term tribunal in its meaning of tribune, information, tribe, discussion, collective that emerges from the individual.

The Meeting The Origins of the Future, joining some of the most interesting contemporary thinkers at a worldwide level, has as its very first objective to debate these intriguing, urgent and complex situations and much more.

In this way, thinkers, philosophers and professionals from the most diverse areas are together with a common strategy which character clearly is transdisciplinary and transnational.

The European Environmental Tribunal is not an institution to create judgements or to establish sentences. It is in its statutory objectives to promote the free debate, the franc discussion on the most diverse topics and to promote the diffusion of ideas, without compromise with ideologies, creeds or instances of power.

In all actions of the European Environmental Tribunal it is immediately present the idea of freedom - rescued from its Classical meaning, from which a dynamic Paideia emerges: each person responsible for the design of her or his own limits.

Looking for the roots of the thought, its structure and its strategies that so many times are eluded in our daily acts.


Strategy for the Meeting The Origins of the Future

The event will be held in the second semester of 2006, in three days, between October 26 and 28.

Simultaneously to the main event, two parallels seminars will happen - one on the question of carbon emissions and carbon sequester, as well as its consequences facing the Kyoto Treaty; and another one on the financial and accounting transformations after the globalisation phenomenon.

The Meeting will have ten lecturers, established in five categories - always with a transdisciplinary, transcultural and transnational character.
Each one of these five categories is determined according to a scale: the atom, the molecule; the individual; the city; the planet; and the Universe.

The first two days of the Meeting will be characterised by five conferences each, two in the morning and three in the afternoon. These conferences will last for thirty minutes each.
In the last day of the Meeting three round tables will be made, where will be discussed, crossing the ideas established by the lecturers, the most relevant themes of the event.

The round table will be co-ordinated by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta and António Cerveira Pinto.

The event will have the presence of the follow personalities: Durval de Noronha Goyos, from Brazil, Director of the European Tribunal of the Environment, lawyer and judge of the World Trade Organisation; Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, from Brazil and Portugal, architect, urban planner and musician, member of the New York Academy of Sciences and Director of the European Environmental Tribunal; António Cerveira Pinto, from Portugal, writer, artist and philosopher; Ronaldo Faria Castiglioni, chemical engineer, from Brazil, discoverer of a revolution in new renewable energy technologies; Dan Shechtman, from Israel, physicist, discoverer of the quasi-crystals; Arjun Appadurai, from India, celebrated anthropologist and social scientist; David Wilk, from the United States, specialist on new media and publishing revolutions; and Fernando Leal Audirac, from Mexico and Italy, a celebrated artist and philosopher.

Parallel Events

Two parallel events are planned:
- The carbon emissions and the impact on the Kyoto Treaty rules.
- The globalization and the floating of the world economy.
- The Environmental Engineering


Two art events will happen:
- Josephine Coy installation, England
- Lorenzo Bianda Locarno Video Art Festival, Switzerland

In the first day, the opening of the event will have the participation, in real time through Internet from the Lausanne Polytechnique University, of the Professor René Berger, President of the World Association of Art Critics.

Participants in the parallel events

In the parallel events will participate Kevin Gollop, England, Director of the European Tribunal of the Environment, specialist on international accounting and financing; Irones Paula, Brazil, chemical engineer specialized on water and air pollution, former President of the Mercantil Bank in New York; Professor René Berger, Switzerland, President of the World Association of Art Critics, advisor of Unesco and of the Council of Europe and member of the Kuratorium du Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie among others; and Professor Lester Brown, one of the most important economists all over the world, president of the Earth Police Institute, in Washington.


Structure of the Meeting

- First Category
o Nano world, the atom, the molecule
§ Dan Shechtmann
· Physics - Israel

§ Ronaldo Farias Castiglioni
· Chemistry - Brazil

- Second Category
o The individual

§ Arjun Appadurai
· Anthropology - India

- Third Category
o The city
§ António Cerveira Pinto
· Art, philosophy - Portugal

§ David Wilk
· New media and publishing - the United States

- Fourth Category
o The planet
§ Durval de Noronha Goyos
· Law - Brazil

- Fifth Category
o The Universe
§ Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta
· Architecture, music - Portugal, Brazil

§ Fernando Leal Audirac
· Art and revolution - Mexico, Italy


scale name discipline country
1 Nano Dan Shechtman, Physics, Israel
1 Nano Ronaldo F. Castiglioni, Chemistry, Brazil
2 Individual Arjun Appadurai, Anthropology, India
3 City António Cerveira Pinto,
Art, Philosophy, Portugal
3 City David Wilk, New media, USA
4 Planet Durval de Noronha, Law, Brazil
5 Universe Emanuel Pimenta, Architecture, Music, Portugal, Brazil
5 Universe Fernando Leal Audirac, Art, Mexico, Italy



Day 1
October 26, 2006
- 9:30 opening, René Berger - in Lausanne (Internet)*
- 10:30 Emanuel Pimenta - presentation
- 10:00 Durval de Noronha Goyos

- 12:30 lunch

- 15:00 António Cerveira Pinto
- 15:45 coffee break
- 16:00 Dan Shechtman
- 16:45 coffee break
- 17:00 David Wilk

- 19:00 vernissage - Josephine Coy

Presentation of the TechnoEtic Arts Journal, dedicated to the Art and Science Meeting, in Trancoso May 2006; by Roy Ascott

- 20:00 dinner

*thanks to the EPFL, Lausanne


Day 2
October 27, 2006

- 9:00 Ronaldo Farias Castiglioni
- 9:45 coffee break
- 10:00 Fernando Leal Audirac

- 12:30 lunch

- 15:00 Emanuel Pimenta
- 15:45 coffee break
- 16:00 Arjun Appadurai

- 17:30 Lester Brown - in Washington DC (Internet)*

- 19:00 launching of the book Plan B 2.0 (in Portuguese) by Lester Brown

- 20:00 dinner

*thanks to the Earth Policy Institute, Washington DC


Day 3
October 28, 2006

- 9:30 - 10:15 Kevin Gollop - parallel 1
- 10:15-10:30 coffee break
- 10:30 - 11:15 Irones Paula - parallel 2

- 13:30 lunch

- 15:30 first round table
- 16:30 coffee break
- 16:45 second round table

- 20:00 Dinner

Followed by the Locarno Video Art Festival - hommage to Rinaldo Bianda, with the support of the Museo Cantonale di Lugano, Switzerland.


The City of Trancoso

Not far from Spain, located in Northern of Portugal, Trancoso is a fascinating old medieval town, created as a defensive military fortress in the 12th century by the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. The impressive medieval gate was built in homage to the king Dom Dinis. He married Isabel of Aragon in Trancoso in 1282, and gave the town to the queen. He also set up a fair that was exempt of taxes - this lies at the origin of the great Fair that happens in Trancoso every year in the month of August. The city became an important Jewish centre, especially between the 14th and 15th centuries. One of the most celebrated personages of Trancoso was the mysterious poet and cabalistic Bandarra - who lived between 1500 and 1545 - by many compared to Nostradamus. The poet Fernando Pessoa was deeply inspired by him.

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