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The Powers of Emotion

Inaugural event of Cycle 1 of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund

14 - 16 September 2018


From 14 to 16 September, the Centre Pompidou was brimming with emotions for the Accélérations event.  
This was a intentionally transdisciplinary event of international reach, calling on businesses, creators and scientists. 


The participative and innovative programme, free and open to all, provided an opportunity to experiment, feel and discover the numerous facets of the powers of emotion: 

  • A scientific revolution, with recent neuro-scientific discoveries; 
  • An economic and social revolution, notably through behavioural finance; 
  • A technological revolution, impacting our five senses. 

The programme included: performances, debates, family workshops and themed tours of the permanent collections, in the company of artists, scientists and business owners. 

Detailed programme

Friday 14 September 2018



Do you know how to say "hello"?
Jean-Julien Aucouturier, researcher at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and at IRCAM (Institute of Acoustic/Musical Research & Coordination)


Serge Lasvignes, President of the Centre Pompidou / Matthias Leridon, President of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund and Chairman of Tilder / Frédérique Bedos, journalist and founder of the non-profit news organisation Le Projet Imagine


Emotions and revolutions
Cynthia Fleury, psychoanalyst, philosopher and keynote speaker of the event


Emotions, a scientific revolution
Neuroscience and businesses
Antonio Damasio, neuroscientist / Gulu Monteiro, Brazilian stage & screen director

Emotions in a business context
Cynthia Fleury, psychoanalyst, philosopher / Antonio Damasio, neuroscientist / Sylvie Gleises, Europe Managing Director of Axa Art


« From Africa With Questions »
Lhola Amira, South African artist


Emotions, an economic & societal revolution
Four hands and four eyes on piano
Duo Jatekok (Naïri Badal and Adélaïde Panaget)

Rationality, in two steps: 
Machine nudge
Laurence Devillers, AI researcher at the CNRS

Are robots destined to be our friends?
Jérôme Monceaux, entrepreneur, explorer and designer of empathic robots / Emmanuel Grenier, CEO of Cdiscount / Laurence Devillers / the Spoon robot

The rationality of emotions
Astrid Hopfensitz, behavioural economist and researcher at the Toulouse School of Economics & CNRS award-winner / Laurent Garret, Chairman of the board of directors of Banque Neuflize-OBC


Emo de Medeiros, visual artist


Particle emotion
Nathalie Besson, physicist / Dominique Mockly, CEO of Terega / Estelle Aubriot, actress and director


Your emotions of the day, decoded by Datakalab



What did Cynthia Fleury feel throughout the day?

Saturday 15 September 2018

9am - 10am


Emotions, a technological revolution

Are companies and institutions ready for an emotional upheaval? 
Bernard Blistène, Director of the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Pompidou / Alain Picard, Managing Director of SNCF Logistics 



Synthetic art


Trio: Humans vs Artificial Intelligence 

Benoit Carré, musician in residency at the CTRL (creator technology research lab) / Pierre Roy, researcher for Spotify at the CTRL / Éric Minh Cuong Castaing, choreographer 


Exercises in style
Abd Al Malik, author, poet and stage & screen director


A future without
Rand Hindi, entrepreneur et founder of Snips


Quatuor : senses and artifice
Dominique Ropion, perfume-maker / Marie-Bénédicte Gauthier, journalist / Willem Boshoff, visual artist / Karol Beffa, composer and academic


The powers of emotion
Cynthia Fleury, psychoanalyst and philosopher


Children's emotions
Serge Lasvignes, President of the Centre Pompidou / Matthias Leridon, President of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund and Chairman of Tilder


Musical performance with the audience
Camille, singer and song-writer

Throughout the weekend

Sensory tour
The tour presents works, performances and experiences around perception and the five senses, through a variety of materials and technologies.
Forum, level 0 et level -1


Guided tours of the Museum 
Guided tours through the permanent collections, around the theme of emotion. 
Museum, levels 4 and 5 
Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, every half-hour from 2pm to 5.30pm (duration: 20 mins) 
Free admission, limited availability


Workshop: "Printing by feeling"
Designer Alexandre Echasseriau and the Appropriate Audiences collective invite you to command 3D printers just with your voice: encouragement, shouts of anger or declarations of love disrupt and modify the printing of an object. Like the Ancient Greek ceramics which are said to have preserved the vibration of potters’ song, the object here measures the emotional intensity of an instant to give it a form in plastic. 
Forum, level 0 
Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, 2pm - 6pm 
Free admission, limited availability 


"Printing by feeling" workshop in partnership with Logo DOOD

Relive the event in full

Day 1

Day 2