“Accélérations” at the Pompidou Centre

On 14 and 15 September 2018, Tilder, alongside six other companies, participated in the first international edition of “Accélérations” at the Pompidou Centre. The event’s exciting theme was the “power of emotions”. During these two unforgettable days at the crossroads of the artistic, scientific and business worlds, time appeared suspended as an outpouring of passions took place, much to the delight of the public.

Matthias Leridon, President of Tilder and the “Centre Pompidou Accélérations” endowment fund, together with Serge Lasvignes, President of the Pompidou Centre, opened these two surprising days with a deeply moving performance. Their voices transformed into those of elderly men – thanks to the talent of the teams at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique et de Musique) – and both seated in wheelchairs, they attempted – prematurely – to take stock of their lives in retrospect (undertaken by many in their twilight years) and to the fundamental role that their emotions had played.


Neither an exhibition nor a conference, and even less a formal debate, during the two days of “Accélérations”, a large audience was immersed in a sometimes contradictory bubble of emotions and was able to encounter the analyses of those who, although carrying out different activities, experience the importance of passions on a daily basis. In a show unlike any other, neurologists, psychiatrists, academics, theatre directors, singers, start-up entrepreneurs, business leaders, performers and visual artists all expressed their sensibilities on a subject that touches the very depths of humanity.


With: South African performer Lhola Amira, composer and pianist Karol Beffa, particle physicist Nathalie Besson, artist Willem Boshoff, singer Camille, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, CNRS professor Laurence Devillers, psychoanalyst Cynthia Fleury, the piano duo Jatekok, cartoonist Madame Kam, artist Abd al Malik, visual artist Emo de Medeiros, the choreographer Eric Minh Cuong, the master perfumer Dominique Ropion, and many business leaders….


The “Centre Pompidou Accélérations” endowment fund was created following a meeting between the Pompidou Centre and seven companies (AXA, Cdiscount, OBC Neuflize, Orange, SNCF Logistics, Teréga, and TILDER), all of which decided to engage in an original dialogue with the artistic world, the teams and the audiences of the Pompidou Centre. These companies all share the conviction that if we are to imagine the world of tomorrow, innovate and find answers to future managerial challenges, we must engage and dialogue with the artistic creation, scientists and researchers of today.

Photo credits Nicolas Tavernier

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