What is the conjunction between mathematic and artistic intuition, between logic and imagination, vision and exactitude? This question, found throughout the history of thought and creativity, fuels the Agora Festival 2011. The "unreasonable efficiency" of mathematics (Eugène Wigner) in the arts seems to mirror the aesthetic illumination of mathematical discovery. Modern creation has often crossed the mathematical tools of its time (e.g. theory of groups, formal and random music, influence of Poincaré on the cubist movement, etc.) and art has been equally inspired by mathematics.
The dialogue at the heart of Agora brings together exceptional artists (such as Pierre Boulez, Emmanuel Nunes whose 70th year will be celebrated by IRCAM, the figure of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and emerging artists) and renowned researchers such as Alain Connes and Alain Badiou. In this shared and lucid multiplicity, Stockhausen is a vital master of computational frenzy and visionary intuition. The man who forged and traveled each path until exhaustion—electronic music in space or in opera, writing the absolute order or the freedom of intuitive music—conceived his oeuvre as prospective and archetypical. A substantial journey that bends from the original to the "primeval", from the force of youthful beginnings toward the praising of origins in later works. Crossing through Agora and several Parisian locations, the instants of Klang, the ultimate unfinished cycle by Stockhausen, calls for a final time the unity of the totality shared on the world stage. >>
France Musique will be broadcasting from IRCAM, Wednesday, June 8. Starting at 8pm, a live broadcast of Luna Park by Georges Aperghis will followed by a live radio show with artists from the Agora festival, led by Arnaud Merlin.
Free entry, limited seating available.