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Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges is a 10-day series of performances and critical explorations uniting French and American thinkers and artists from social sciences, philosophy, literature and live arts.

I contain multitudes


« Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself;
(I am large, I contain multitudes.) »

Walt Whitman


Identity is often represented by a huge and fixed tree, deeply rooted in a family, a country, or a legacy from the past generations. But is it perhaps better regarded as a moveable fiction constantly rewritten with the help of others and our environment, all the more pliable with the increasing interconnectivity of a faster-paced world?
As new technology changes of how we present ourselves both physically and virtually—one’s name, appearance, even gender—we are becoming the authors of our own lives:
“I” is the hero of a real science-fiction. How much can the better understanding of our body and its possibilities renew and contradict the traditional perceptions of human identity?
The series of events “I Contain Multitudes” is a celebration of the metamorphosis of identity. An exploration into the boundaries of the self.
This special series is co-curated with Time Out New York and Les Subsistances.