The Night of Ideas La Nuit des Idées 2022


The spread and prevalence of COVID-19 has led countries worldwide to close down borders and restrict foreign entry, alongside other pandemic prevention measures such as city lockdown, entry restriction or temporary border lockdown, face mask and respiratory equipment export control, mass gathering cancellation, curfew, class cancellation, etc. These unforeseen restrictions and policies produced a great impact on people beyond frontline medical workers.

When every daily routine needs to be checked and controlled, people become estranged by “physical distance” requirements as mandatory face masks hinder both communication and social interaction. The cancellation of social gatherings widens the distance between interpersonal relationships, while pandemic-related policies also drastically change the society’s inherent social network.

Interpersonal contact is constantly occurring in everyday life–not randomly but in relation to demographic, socioeconomic backgrounds, or social connections and social network structures. Furthermore, the strong influences of globalization in recent years have also facilitated international exchange between people, enterprises, units and organizations from different countries. This type of “official” or “unofficial” cultural international exchange not only shortens physical and social distances, but also gradually mitigates biases between each other.

However, the spreading pandemic has resulted in border lockdowns in addition to reduced or canceled personnel, information, and cargo exchange. Fortunately, international exchange can still be partially conducted online using technology and the Internet despite the fact that face-to-face contact cannot be fully replaced by online conferencing. From the outbreak to the current post-pandemic era, have social relationships been changed or alienated by spatial barriers? Did the deceleration in international exchange widen social distances by labeling or drawing more boundaries between each other?

Moreover, many enterprises have changed their operating models to enhance risk control and accommodate new employees' behaviors. Some examples include remote working, new pandemic-related business opportunities, increased investment in digital technology, and deglobalized operating models. While survival can be sustained, life has been greatly impacted by pandemic-related stress, lifestyle limitations, and work culture changes. Under these pressures in the post-pandemic era, should we think about how to maintain social networks and interpersonal exchange in the same way as prior to the restrictions? Can enterprises and other units or organizations find business opportunities and values under the “new norm?”

Regardless of what or how much can be done at this time, the only unacceptable thing to do is “stop thinking about the day of liberation and looking forward to the future,” as Albert Camus described the desperately isolated residents in The Plague. After all, the only weapon against the pandemic is integrity.

Organizer|Ministry of Culture
Co-organize :Bureau Français de Taipei, INSTITUT FRANÇAIS 
Implementer:Taiwan Artist Space Alliance
Sponsor:Taiwan Contemporary Culture LAB
Media: Artouch

Performance: Formosa Circus Art (FOCA) 

Host:Yi-Wei Keng (Dramaturg of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts-Weiwuying)

Keynote Speech 1 -“Between the pandemic and Information security ”
Speaker: Ronny Wang

Keynote Speech 2 - “The Pandemic Innovation"
Speaker:Yu, Wan-Ju (Director of Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan)

Roundtable Discussion

Discussion 1 “Information Ethics During the Pandemic”
Host:Yang, Kuei-Chih (Lawyer, Chairman of Plain Law Movement) 

Discussion 2 “The New Normal with Culture, creation and creativity ”
Host: River Lin (Artist, Curiator)

Discussion3 "Social engagement and social distancing"
Host:Chiu, Hsiao-wei (The co-founder of g0v)

Discussion4 "Geographical Distance and Digital Proximity
Host: Deng Joanne(Writer, Actress, Producer)

Discussion5 "Local and International”
Host: Lee Jennifer (Coordinator of MCH)